Reimagining ‘Leadership’ In (and From) The Classroom

Jennifer Weinblatt teaches 6th Grade English at Harding Academy in Nashville, TN. She is an active member of The Educators' Cooperative and its Leadership Committee. In this installment of the CoOp Corner, she examines how we value leadership and some of the alternative qualities that are worth nurturing. If this were a face-to-face conversation, I would …

Mindfulness: Quieting Minds, Hearts, and Bodies of Elementary Students (and My Own!)

After a short pause in updates in the CoOp Corner for Winter Break and a return to something like normal schedule, we return to the thoughts and experiences of participating Cooperative teachers with an update from Jennifer Ferguson, an Exceptional Education teacher at Hermitage Elementary School. She shares about her experience bringing Mindfulness into her …

Microaggressions: How to Spot ‘Em, How to Stop ‘Em

Creating the space for your students to take risks and make mistakes is some of the hardest work teachers do. When 6th Grade English teacher Katie Reen set out to make that space for her students in the realm of microaggressions in texts they were reading together, they practices and discovered much more than they …

Defeat A Deficit Mindset With One Word: Yes

By Colleen Cummings Colleen Cummings shares her experience searching for the right balance between the motivation of "Yes!" and the deficit mindset of "Yes, but..." in the CoOp Corner.  Colleen is a founding teacher at Explore! Community School in East Nashville and a member of The Educators' Cooperative Leadership Committee. I started teaching for the …

Put on your cape, and rise above it!

Our guest in the CoOp Corner is Tiffani Norman, an Advanced Academic Resource Teacher at Eakin Elementary School, MNPS. Many schools in Nashville recently paused for a Fall Break, giving teachers, students, and families an opportunity to catch their breath as the routines and schedules of the new school year start to solidify. Tiffani took …

Teaching Math the ‘Write’ Way

Joel Bezaire has been leading and innovating from the classroom for many years, and his work as a 7th Grade Math teacher is both inspirational and well worth exploring. A 2016 national finalist for the Rosenthal Prize for Inspiration and Innovation in Math Teaching, Joel leads district and faculty wide professional development and inservice seminars in …

Stepping Into the Null: Teaching Anxiety, Mindfulness, Gratitude, and Loving Kindness

Choices about when, where, and how we address anxiety and mindfulness often say more about our work with our students than we know. First Grade teacher Lizzie Ammerman is our guest in the CoOp Corner and she shares her thoughts and experience diving in head-first to shine a light on a path forward for her …