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Fierce Love

Thought for the Week I’m not a violent person. In fact, when I was studying method acting in college—the tap-into-your-feelings approach made famous by Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro—I had difficulty inhabiting a particularly violent role because I’d never … Continue reading

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Fatherhood and Beyond

Photo by Josh Willink Today is Father’s Day in the U.S. A day when I remember how imperfect my father was, and yet how good a father he was. Just as I know my children can say the former of … Continue reading

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Bless the Beasts and the Children

My heart has been troubled at how unimaginably brutal our world has become of late. So the only thing that felt appropriate was to post this collection of reminders, both silly and sweet, that love and kindness still exist. For … Continue reading

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Teacher Appreciation Week

My wife came home glowing yesterday; she’d just received a card (with a dollar in it ;>) from one of her students. It said, “Thank you, I love you!” and was accompanied by multiple hugs. She got choked-up when she … Continue reading

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When I Became a ‘Real’ Teacher

Originally posted on A Teacher's Reflections:
 ‘TheHundred Little Things’ The hundred little things- that’s what it’s all about, in teaching and in life.  It took me many years as a teacher to figure this out.  Thank goodness I had…

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How to Answer Kids’ Toughest Questions

Photo by Carina Chen Thought for the Week Who created Stonehenge? Or the statues at Easter Island? And how were the pyramids built (were Legos involved)? All great mysteries. But the greatest mystery of all is, “How do we answer … Continue reading

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Think On These Things

What make us civilized? Dictionary.com defines civilized as “having an advanced or humane culture.” To be truly civilized is to respond together to the goodness that is intrinsic in each of us at birth. It’s what makes us (in the … Continue reading

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Every Day is Mother’s Day

I took this photo of my wife and our recently-born first child when my wife was exhausted. And yet all I see is her bottomless, heart-melting love. “Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person … Continue reading

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Mothers Are Forever

My adult daughters still sometimes seek my advice (or use me as an example of what not to do). But for comfort they always go to Mom—and always will. Still, as Robert A. Heinlein put it, “Being a mother is … Continue reading

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These Robots Got the Moves!

Guest Blog by A Teacher’s Reflections New England-based preschool teacher Jennie Fitzkee is nothing if not inspired. Maybe that’s why she’s featured in the bestselling Read-Aloud Handbook. And why quilts designed by her class hang at the National Liberty Museum … Continue reading

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