a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Friday, April 3, 2015


4.2.15 | an open door

I recently came across these words:
"We've all heard the famous line from rebellious educators: 'I just shut my door and do what's right.'  As I look at what I consider to be a perilously downward spiral in the arena of education at present, I am forced to wonder if maybe it isn't time to open our doors and do what's right--loud and long--until everybody, everywhere, hears us."

from "The Simple Things: Sometimes, even in education, that's what its' all about." by Steven L. Layne from Reading Today, March/April 2015, Volume 32, Number 5
 Layne's call to action caused me to pause.

I am guilty of closing the door to my classroom, of doing my own thing as a teacher, and of keeping what I am doing to myself.  Yet, I agree with Layne.  Closing our doors to "do what's right" is not necessarily the right thing to do.  

It takes courage to do what's right.  If I open the door to my classroom that means I share lots of work of which I am proud, but it also means I share the moments when I get it wrong.  An open door means sharing my beliefs about education, but it also means justifying my choices. 

An open door means an open mind, an open heart, and a world of possibilities.


  1. Yes, yes, yes!!! It can be hard to do, but the learning grows for everyone -- teachers and students -- when classrooms become learning labs for all. You said is so beautifully here -- and I'll be sharing your words ... and just love that final line: "An open door means an open mind, an open heart, and a world of possibilities."

    I'm so glad that you are writing here again.

  2. When I was in the classroom, I loved to learn what other teachers were doing in their room, but not everyone was willing to open that door and let me in. Teaching becomes much stronger when there is collaboration. With each other, there is a world of possibilities.