Ring Light

There were more than a few times when I told students that I was not a television, video, or YouTube star, I was a human, talking in real time, and to actively listen and practice solid metacognitive thinking, having a dialogue/exchange is one of the ways we learn from each other. Face to face. In person. Well. I joked with my students (we started school on September 9) that now I am a YouTube star. One student said WHAT IF YOU DID MRS. LOVE?! What if I did indeed. My chubby face, grandma-wave-bye-bye-arms, and extremely warm workspace (yes, that’s the…

The Exploding Mitten, Part 1

I used to have a copy of this book for my sons, and I’m not sure where it is now. Jan Brett is a wonderful illustrator, and I had a few of her picture books. When I saw the viral post about “we can do this” I thought of this Ukrainian folktale: the story is a little mouse finds one mitten and makes a home for herself. Other forest critters come along, in succession of size, and ask to join her in her small home. The thematic topics of sharing until the point of destruction, (looking at you, Giving Tree),…

next year

Warning: I may swerve a little bit out of my lane today. What is the plan for next school year during the COVID19 pandemic? So, I had not heard a single plan for reopening schools that addresses the realities of both parents and teachers and also keeps kids safe. Until today. It is FAR from ideal, but it sounds to me like it COULD work and we could start planning for today. Here are the basics: — Jess Lifshitz (@Jess5th) July 6, 2020 I was thinking about my current teaching assignment at an alternative high school: the school was built…

Time to parent.

During the COVID19 crisis, where many states adopted “shelter in place” protocols, school buildings and the business of school have been shuttered. Fair warning: I am not going to be “nice” in this post. But I will say: we are all anxious, and our fears and anxiety manifest in different ways. I sense most folks are doing what’s best, recognizing these are challenging times, finding some joy and humor in the situation. However, some are not. Some use the excuse of their fear to lash out, make decisions that harm children, bully teachers, and try to maintain order but some…