Intersections: Happy New Year 2019

January 07, 2019 by Bill Ivey

As much as I love the warmth, sunlight, and pace of the summer, there is something about this time of year that also appeals to me. Part of it is that sense of resilience you get for toughing it out during a New England winter; part of it is the contrast of the darkness with starlight, moonlight, and the brightness of hats, mittens, and scarves; and part of it is the protectiveness of the darkness itself. As the light retreats and the world seems to close in on itself, introspection comes naturally, even if you are all about daily learning and growth, and whether or not you are of a mind to actually make resolutions

Filed Under: LGBT Support, anti-racism, Feminism, new year, StudentVoice, feminist school, Student Activism

Intersections: Classroom Resolutions 2017

January 06, 2017 by Bill Ivey

My friend Christina Torres, on her blog and via Twitter, has shared her 2017 resolutions for her classroom. Being a positive, growth-oriented person, she role models how best to acknowledge past improvements and use them as an opportunity to seek to do even better. She also invited as many teachers as possible to do the same, and of course, I couldn’t resist!

Filed Under: Middle School, new year, Intersections, Resolutions

Intersections: Awarenesss

December 29, 2016 by Bill Ivey

A year ago, and not for the first time, it seemed like every edu-blogger was jumping on the #OneWord bandwagon, as I mentioned a year ago in my sort-of-annual New Year’s post. Last year, I resisted the temptation, pushed willingly over the edge by the ever-wise Rusul Alrubail. This year, though, it somehow seems to fit. My #OneWord this year is: awareness.

Filed Under: new year, Intersections

Legitimate Hope

January 02, 2016 by Bill Ivey

As the new year begins, for whatever reason, countless teachers have been jumping on the #oneword bandwagon - in fact, it was the topic of a #satchatwc conversation just this morning. Actually, it was also the original topic for this post, until I saw my friend Rusul Alrubail write, “I don't have a #oneword this year. What shall a girl do?” and I quickly decided (resolved, if you will) to reorganize.

Filed Under: intersectionality, anti-racism, social justice, Feminism, new year, Education

Resolution

January 03, 2013 by Bill Ivey

Annual discussions of whether making New Year's resolutions serves any purpose, and if so how best to make them, are by now as much a part of New Year's traditions as the resolutions themselves. But for those of us who teach, the chance to make mid-course adjustments is often irresistible. That tug may be especially strong in a year when many teachers report a more subdued holiday season than usual with the events of Sandy Hook so fresh in our minds.

Filed Under: Teaching, 2013, On Education, Celebrating Holidays, community, In the Classroom, sandy hook, Performing Arts, new year, Education