A school shooting in Uvalde, ways to help, parents impacted, and some deep thoughts on the shallowness of “mindsets.”
Reader. Writer. Texan. Mystic? Teacher. Theologian. Mindfulness Wonk. Mystic? Buddhiscopalian. Houstonian. Human too. Upper School English teacher and DEIJ pracitioner at an independent K-12.
ROOTED Newsletter: April 2022
Campbell's Law and assessment. Teacher shortages. The value of silence. A lot going on in this month's ROOTED Newsletter.
Activities that are meaningful don’t keep us busy. They require time. Deep teaching asks us to value quality over quantity, to understand that less is more.
ROOTED Newsletter: March 2022
Thoughts on Critical Race Theory (CRT), responsibility & culpability, and a mess of links. The latest ROOTED newsletter is here.
Grading for Learning in Rochester and Teaching without Homework
Schools in Rochester are grading for learning, and I'm teaching without homework. Read on!
ROOTED Newsletter: February 2022
The latest ROOTED Newsletter is here. Thoughts on Wordle, pedagogy, and the best of what's around in education.
Ballooning Responsibilities & Identifying What Matters
To be a teacher in 2022 feels like a graceless situation…what to do about it?
ROOTED Newsletter: January 2022
The beginning of a new semester offers so many promises. But so many of us feel anxiety about returning to school...
Don’t Like the Result? Do It Again.
I’ve tried just about every grading system under the sun: traditional systems, standards-based, no grades, etc. But starting with these three key principles, I really think I’m hitting my stride.
Time and the Art of Kindness in Communication: What has happened to me?
What did it feel like to teach in the early days of the pandemic, back when you thought it was temporary or short-lived, back when you thought it would all be over by August or September?
ROOTED Weekly: 31 October 2020
Statistics without context. The bane of email. Antiracism. Teaching reading. Stone carving. Building student agency. The ROOTED Weekly is here!
Statistics Without Context: On the Opacity of Grade Reports and the Value of Parent Conferences
Grade reports, usually, are statistics without context. I open a grade report and see a series of letters and numbers, but what do they actually mean?