Monthly Advice–March 2022

It may be too soon for some, but hiring season for the start of next school year (August 2022/September 2022) is here.

My advice for this month: think about next year, now.

Whether you decide to stay at your school, your school network/charter/district, or the profession altogether is a conversation and critical conversation at that.

I think staying at a school is arguably easiest. The routine, community, expectations are known. Moving classrooms or grade levels can be done in a day, maybe two. It is arguably the safest route–safest in the sense of the known, the continuity of it all.

The hardest, without a doubt, is leaving the profession altogether–and this is a relatively recent choice, conversation, and common-enough occurrence of late to be a much more serious option for a lot more people.

Wherever you land on the spectrum of what to do, or what you’re considering, it’s time to think about next year . . . now.

Talk to colleagues, look at your contract papers/letters of intent, discuss it with family and/or friends, do what’s best for you and make a plan for next year . . .

February 22, 2022: “2” Activities

What an amazing day for math, fun, learning!

Primary Activities:

  • Count by 2s (practice)
  • Find the number 2
  • Name things that come best in pairs/groups of 2
  • Say everything twice today!

Intermediate Acitivities:

  • Create paired reading lists (i.e. fiction and nonfiction sets for the same topic)
  • Discover the significance of the number two (i.e research mathematical significance, cultural references, symbolism, etc.)

Seconday Activities:

  • Compare and contrast 2-22-22 with other similar dates (i.e. 7-7-7, 11-11-11)–What do people do? Are there rituals associated with such dates?
  • Design a marketing campaign for a business based on today’s date, or the next big date (date can be based in astrology, math, pop culture, etc.)
  • REPEAT: Discover the significance of the number two (i.e research mathematical significance, cultural references, symbolism, etc.)

Whatever you do, however you commemorate today, I hope you have a wonderful “Twos”day! 😉

Photo by Kim Gorga on Unsplash

PD —

In the chaotic return from winter break, I have neglected to share that my webinar requests and presentations are back!

Please join me – belatedly – for a webinar on phonics, or join me in real-time next week for a webinar on teacher advocacy.

Disclaimer: I get paid the same regardless of attendance numbers. I realize this can be cost prohibitive so a like, share, and words of encouragement are also welcomed 🤗

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This week, allow me to remind you that Black History Month is right around the corner!

Given the past two years there are even more resources available to us, even more plans and ideas to integrate, include, and invigorate our instruction.

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend–much deserved–and I can’t wait to hear about what you’ve done in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., and I can’t for next month . . . all the months!

#blackhistoryiseveryday

On Finding Diverse Children’s Books —

Every so often I go through a phase of intense research and discovery to find quality accurate representative literature for my classroom, for my friends, for the children in my life.

I focus on re-configuring my library. I am inspired to find the next best thing. I am thrilled to get to those books I have heard about, but haven’t gotten to read, until now. It sounds fun, and generally it is an enjoyable experience; however, I would be lying if I said it was always sunshine and roses.

Join me on Canon Reclaimed as I start a mini-series on this saga, this truly difficult journey, of finding quality accurate representative books for kids.