How to Practice Poetry Writing with Children

Writing poetry with children is delightful for all involved in the process. Step one: read poetry to children. Lots. Step two: give them the guidelines. Poetry does not have to rhyme. Poetry may rhyme. Sometimes. A few of my favorite types of poems to teach to children and teens include: haiku, limrick, cinquain, color poems,… Continue reading How to Practice Poetry Writing with Children

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Conscious Learning, Conscious Teaching

Even if you’re not a teacher, you’re a teacher. So, what are you teaching yourself? What are you teaching others? What are you learning? Learning is a lifelong process. Learning happens from the moment of birth (actually, before) until our last exhale. Failure is learning. We learn by looking, listening, reading, watching, but most of… Continue reading Conscious Learning, Conscious Teaching


Mindfulness in the Middle School Classroom

At the beginning of my first year of teaching, I hung a sign on the wall of my bilingual third-grade classroom that said, “En este salón, todos son maestros y todos son estudiantes.” In this room, everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student. Without realizing it, I was voicing the philosophy behind the… Continue reading Mindfulness in the Middle School Classroom