New Year, New Goals…


What is the promise of the New Year for our students?  As we begin the second full year of the pandemic, we know what you expect in terms of safety, but we aren’t able to determine the possible ramifications of this setback for our students.  The New Year rarely brings a “new you” and it rarely produces a “new student”.  However, it can produce new and more informed goals.  Consider the goals that you have for your students as you enter the upcoming reentry.  What are they?  How will they impact learning?  How will they benefit your students?  If these answers are tangible, you are on the right track.  If they are abstract, consider making them tangible.  Consider working towards a goal that you can measure with your students.  We should strive for less of a “New Year, New You” mentality and more of a “New Year, New Goals” outlook on education.  Our return to the building might look different than we expected because of the new variant, but our “goals” don’t have to suffer. 

Do Not Be Silent


This school year has come with a swift message, all hands need to be on deck!  As I begin to check on the educators in my life, the central message is that they are overwhelmed.  As a seasoned educator,  I can confirm that this term is often used, but not in this way.  During the pandemic, the word overwhelming has been used in almost every discussion.  It’s okay to be overwhelmed.  The hope is that circumstances will change before you decide to make a “change”.  However overwhelmed you are, please don’t remain silent!  Talk to your teams.  Express your need for help or time.  This is essential to protecting your energy and preserving your peace.  Allow the words, “I need help” to reach other’s ears as well.  We are all in this together.  Experience the emotion and reach out for help.  Do not sit silently during this time.  We are here to help.  Transparency is key to understanding that this year will only be as successful as time and energy will allow.  We’ve got this, we just need to work as a team to get through this. 

We Made it Make Sense


Educators, we made it to the finish line!  The 2020-2021 school year was certainly one for the books.  The blogging was on hold so that the work could begin, continue and progress without fail. is alive and well.  Our regular monthly blogging schedule will resume.  Teachers were tired, teachers worked hard and teachers made it.  Let’s take a moment and celebrate that!  I’ll see you in a few weeks!!