I believe in
in kindness with high expectations
in reading books together that we don’t want to end
in multiple representations of concepts
in playing, talking, drawing and getting out of our seats.
I don’t believe that grading changes writers. I don’t think formulaic writing works. I don’t believe any learning happens in stress. And I don’t believe in kids having to raise their hands to speak.
I believe in the messiness of the creative process
I believe we learn better in brief intervals
I believe in listening deeply to each other
I believe everybody’s stories are important and
I believe in toning flabby writing muscles by daily neural workouts.
In big picture thinking, in art therapy, in everybody writing, in getting lots of sleep.
And I believe in
taking time to recharge, good conversations, respect, and the thinking and discovery that happens when we try to write the truth.