Thirty years ago, I couldn't have imagined I would still be consumed with a search for the true aims and purposes of education and their alignment with curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, and classroom and school culture. I’ve come to believe that our evolving philosophies of education constructed from ongoing reading, research, experience, dialogue, and self-reflection lie at the very heart of what it means to be a great educator.
Grounded in educational philosophy,
We can grow strong and courageous voices as we take a place at the table to participate in the creation of our educational system.
We have more impact in the classroom, more refinement and clarity about what we want to see and how to adjust to achieve what kids need.
We are stronger leaders as we advocate for kids with expert knowledge and acquired wisdom.
We are better able to keep ourselves accountable to a tightly plotted road map.
We can prevent unintentional straying off course
by yielding to personal biases and preferences,
or slipping into safe comfort zones of familiarity and competence.
We become artists and surgeons rather than technicians and performers when we embrace the harrowing complexity of the sacred profession of educator.
We are liberated to be true to ourselves, to our hard earned beliefs, ever-evolving to ultimately impact students and society in the most authentic way possible.
Too often, we find ourselves wantonly seeking to please parents and students or to impress administrators, allowing others to define our worth and professional stature; instead, we must ground our practice in educational philosophy.
This life long journey for ‘real education' has recently pulled me toward building this website to write about educational questions important to me. I'm going to start pairing the website writings with lessons and resources that I post on Teacher Pay Teachers- to hopefully model the complex web of pressing decisions that need to be made about everything we do, teach, facilitate, omit, and emphasize in the classroom every single day.
My hope is to raise questions that that challenge me, that nurture others' professional growth, and that engage collaborative dialogue. I want to inspire discourse about all that matters, that keep educators up at night, and that will lead us toward what is real and good and true for kids and for society. We all grow exponentially faster when we do it together!