The luxury of whimsy (part 1)

New routine includes making a daily plan for school replacement with our kindergarten aged child. Here’s today’s plan. Left side of the page will contain schedule. What other good ideas do you have? pic.twitter.com/35EJXcFE7W — Steel Wagstaff (@steelwagstaff) March 16, 2020 Routines of comfort How do I describe the (odd and inappropriate) envy I feel right now when I read colleagues who teach in other schools/districts about the connections they’ve made with students during the COVID19 crisis? Please don’t misunderstand me: I am joyous that students are reaching out to their teachers at this time, that students want to continue…

Control issues.

All together now… So, I wasn’t surprised this morning when I woke up to read a front-page story on the Seattle Times Internet page regarding that the teachers’ union and the school district still haven’t reached a compromise. Maybe the word “compromise” is too generous. Compromise suggests that both sides are willing to give up a little bit to gain a little bit to make everyone happy, or at least satisfied. I’m getting the sense that both sides have become entrenched and are not willing to budge. This is my impression, and I don’t know what the truth is. The individuals in…

Wow. That was weird.

 Well, last night I had a surreal experience. I went to my first large group teachers’ union meeting. I’m still trying to untangle how democratic the process was, what benefit it created, or detriment the outcome threatens. But before I go any further with my thoughts, I will say this: I am darn glad I know how to read. Why? Because these are some life-changing issues, and I really needed to be informed on what both sides were saying and doing about MY JOB, MY LIFE, MY PROFESSION, AND MY FUTURE.  I am not that different from many of the…

Drop me a line from time to time…

Well, that was more of an emotional last few days than even I anticipated. Seeing all of my 8th grade students go through a magical transformation from children to young adults right in front of my eyes was amazing. I am so proud of each and every one of you. Please keep in touch, and let me know how your journeys are going. With love, Mrs. L