Author Archives: willfullyzen

Purposeful procrastination

I could work all of my waking hours and still have more to do.  I really could.  In fact, I’ve tried that many times.  It’s not sustainable.  It’s horrible.  I’m sure all of you teachers out there can empathize. But … Continue reading

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Pneumonia and a Renewed Relationship

I start every morning with a community meeting, the bulk of which involves 5 or so students sharing news from their lives.  Certain kids always tell mostly made-up goofy stories to get a good laugh from the crowd.  Some kids … Continue reading

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Thirty-six new stunts this week?

I went to a great early childhood literacy conference on Saturday.  As is typical of me, I got all fired up from hearing excited, passionate, and smart people speak their minds.  By the end of the day I had a … Continue reading

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8 weeks

It has been 8 weeks since I last blogged.  That’s a long time.  I have plenty of excuses.  Want to hear them? School was, and always is, a whirlwind leading up to winter break. Staff morale was quite low in … Continue reading

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Brunch

Yesterday, I went out for brunch with two colleagues.  We ordered omelets, sat down, and began to vent.  It was inevitable.  Work has been intense lately, and all of the staff have been on edge.  Distanced from school and in … Continue reading

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What would you do if you were the Mayor?

Last Tuesday was Election Day, and Mayor was on the ticket here in Houston.  My students wrote about what they would do if they were Mayor.  Would our city be better off if they were in charge? “I will paint … Continue reading

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Squeezable chicken

Last year, one of my students brought a jar of baby food for lunch.  It was some sort of vegetable medley, and he claimed it tasted ok.  I found it very strange at first, but then remembered that he had … Continue reading

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