The Story so Far: Learning to Live in the Gray

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As happens from time to time on this blog, I have been absent for a bit. This is in part because I took some time to be with family during a very sudden life change. (Rest assured all is well, but time time with my wife and daughter were restorative!) The absence is also in part to my new (and still pretty shiny) role as an instructional coach. While I had hopes that my Summer PD series would last longer than two posts, the reality is my opportunities to lead sessions with teachers were going to be limited this summer and for good reason. I have a good deal to learn. I am on a new team with new norms and new talents and skills that surround me. I am already in awe of the work my new colleagues do each day. They make it appear effortless. So, I have found myself learning to live in the gray this summer. Continue reading

Summer Time & Moving Forward

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This is part of Glenwood Canyon in Colorado. This is actually at the base of a hiking trail that leads up to Hanging Lake that my wife and I ventured 1,000 vertical feet together this past Tuesday.

I’ve had the privilege of spending this entire week in Vail, Colorado–to say the imagery out here is majestic is to use severe understatement. I have always wanted to spend time in this state, and it hasn’t disappointed me. However, by Sunday, it’ll be back to reality as I look forward to a summer full of doc classes and planning for a school year that is both exciting and sure to be full of challenges as well. Continue reading