Tag Archives: teaching

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For When It’s Too Hard

I teach children who speak incredibly limited English and also have incredibly limited educational backgrounds. There’s a lot of reasons that this is hilarious and fun and rewarding and important work, but it is also exhausting work, both for me and for my students. By the end of most school days, just about everyone has […]

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For When You Don’t Know Why

Today I told the story of Moses and the bronze serpent on a stick to my Sunday school class. They’re four, so we started off class by slithering on our stomachs and hissing for 30 seconds and ended with some solid coloring time, but in between we talked about complaining and faith and consequences and […]

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Jesus, Immigrants, and The Great Wall of Mexico

We were about halfway through Green Eggs and Ham, laboriously sounding out the words, identifying the vocabulary, looking at the pictures. The girls I sat with focused hard and leaned close to their books around the table, even though the text should have been easy for them at nine and ten years old. But these hard-working ladies […]

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We’re Not Listening to the Story

I co-teach Sunday school to the four year olds at my church and it is consistently one of the highlights of my week. These little ones are so precious and generous with their love and I have loved getting to know their hearts this year. But more than that, getting to tell the Story of […]

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A Love Letter to Teachers

Dearest Compadres, This is a love letter to the easily overlooked, overworked, and over-it: teachers. Your work matters. And we love you for it. Teachers, you arrive early and stay late and you know your kiddos like they were your kiddos. Because let’s be real, they are. Thank you. We love you. You go to […]

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Painting by Numbers and Other Hard Things

Sometime over Christmas break last year, I was sitting at my parents’ house with my younger brother as he searched Pinterest for Christmas gift ideas. As a girl who grew up in a house full of boys, the fact that my younger brother uses Pinterest to find craft ideas is a blessing not lost on […]

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Carrying Hope (at the Mudroom)

My hardest days at work aren’t the days when my students are loud or disobedient or unkind to each other. Those days are hard, don’t get me wrong, but they aren’t the hardest. We have procedures and consequences in place for those things, we learn from them and then we move on. Those are the […]

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4 (Free!) Ways to Appreciate Teachers Every Day

“Happy week of teachers Miss H!” I turned and smiled and thanked the sweet girl before walking her down the hallway to make sure she made it back to class. She’s lived in the States for less than a year, and last week she took a 3 hour standardized math test and a 3 hour […]

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I’ll Wait, Too.

We learned about signs of spring today, because it’s 72 degrees and the forsythia is suddenly in full bloom. We read books about spring and wrote about how spring is different than winter and went outside to touch the new buds on the trees. “In winter,” I explained, “all the trees look like they’re dead, […]

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You Cannot Forget to Live

“…I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should […]