Calendars

Looking at my Google Calendar often feels like looking at a Jackson Pollock painting. In theory, everything is color coded to make it easier for me to differentiate what is going on but I have a tendency to over-specialize and it just turns into a mess of rainbow colors. The current state of affairs is…

Showing Up and Missing Out

My grandfather died two weeks ago. He was 100 years old and just two months shy of turning 101. My mother called her scattered children back on Friday, we got to our respective airports on Saturday morning, and my grandfather passed in the early afternoon while my brothers were en route to the hospital to…

Small Victories

My class schedule has me cycling through a three week rotation, so I only see each student once or twice a month. It can be hard for me to notice improvement over time, much less anything I could reasonably attribute to my own efforts. As a result, I often feel that any contributions I do…

Another First Day

The school year began today with a brisk morning and new, clean notebooks. My fourth graders from last year fidgeted in their lines having joined the older kids as – gasp! – fifth graders. The school’s director greeted the students waiting outside the doors and bade them a good year before homeroom teachers led them…