Reflecting on Helping Others by Meredith Johnson and friends

I worked with hundreds of teachers who retired – why did I so rarely wonder what they did with their lives once they were finished teaching? School administration can be all-encompassing, so my thoughts were usually focused on the next challenge rather than retiring co-workers. I remember being so thrilled when a retired teacher would […]

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Sharing Your Summertime Thoughts

  Dreams of Summer by Meredith Johnson and #PLN friends Can you hear the soft summer breeze just outside your window? The songs of the birds flitting from branch to branch welcoming the change in seasons and often, a shift in your life. I asked several educators to share their dreams of summer so I […]

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When Poems Find Me by Lainie Levin

When Poems Find Me by Lainie Levin April 17, 2019 Sometimes a poem strikes me, and I’m able to write it in the moment. I get an idea for an image, a phrase or a metaphor, and I just can’t help myself. Other poems are more coy. They want me to write them, but maybe I […]

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Could the News Media Play a Role in Shifting Toward Innovative Practices in Schools? by Meredith Johnson

I just finished reading What School Could Be (2018) by Ted Dintersmith @Dintersmith and almost every page contains examples of schools who are jumping into innovative practices. Ted shares that we roll out, “Yet another round of teaching all students standardized material, in standardized ways, to a new battery of standardized tests.” He shares six […]

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Against the Wind by Meredith Johnson

How fortunate we are as educators to have the opportunity on Saturday mornings to chat with others about our favorite topic and read passionate responses to posed questions. This morning, I was inspired by others during #LeadUpChat and #LeadLAP. I view it as a waterfall of insightful comments that rush over me as I try […]

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