Be the change

To Our Daughter’s 4th Grade Teacher – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

To Thea’s 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Thompson, Tonight, during bedtime, Thea looked sad. When I asked her what was wrong, she told me in that heavy way that only kids can seemingly pull off that she doesn’t want 4th grade to end. That she doesn’t want to leave her friends. That she doesn’t want to leave you. That while summer will be fun, and 5th grade might be cool, she would be okay with simply staying in 4th grade for…

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It Starts Now – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

I have been thinking a lot about failure. About this whole notion of growth mindset and having kids take risks. About how often we ask kids to just keep trying even when it is hard yet seem to fail to do so ourselves. About how often we expect kids to give us their all, their best, their utmost, and then for them to navigate the pieces when it all falls apart, after all isn’t that what having grit teaches you…

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Before They Tell You… – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

Before they leave. Before they say goodbye or perhaps they don’t. Before the last locker is left open. The final pencil broken. The room that looks so empty, the hallways so silent. Before you realize that you never did quite get to all of the things you had hoped, but boy, did you get to a lot. Before you realize that you can finally let go of that breath you have seemingly been holding for the past many months when…

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Ending the Year on a High Note – Some Must Do’s As We Wrap Up – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

Yesterday, I wrote about what I wanted out of the year and how it had gone, and yet, within that post is also the hope for the coming few months, for the coming year. Isn’t it funny how we, as educators, already start to plan for the “new” year already in the spring? And so with only a few precious weeks left, I wanted to once again share what my Must-Do’s for the year are in case anyone else wants…

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Join Me for the Summer Book Study of Passionate Learners! – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

With the bustle of April and all of the excitement that that brings, the end of the year is fast approaching.  But with that end also comes an inevitable beginning; a summer that calls for reflection, relaxation, re-invention, renewed commitment, and also the energy to try new things.  I do so adore summer for all of its passion and courage, and also time to just be a reflective practitioner. It is therefore that I am pretty excited to share that…

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Dear STAR Test, We Need to Talk Again… – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

Three years ago, almost to this date, I wrote my first blog post about the STAR test, a test sold by Renaissance Learning and employed in thousands of districts across the United States. That post started a discussion with the people behind STAR and while I wish I could say that it created change, isn’t that after all what we always hope for, it didn’t. Three years later, on the eve of my final STAR reading test of the year,…

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30 Day Challenge For a Happier Teacher You – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

If you are like me, January brings excitement, positivity but also exhaustion.  This quiet month is one where I sometimes find my energy running low, my creativity running out, and rather than take the time to take care of myself I barrel on as if that will do the trick.  So this year, much like the years before, I am challenging myself to take better care of myself, as well as those around me. And so the 30-day challenge is back. A…

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Is School Really Safe for All? – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

I have been thinking a lot about belonging. About how we assume that school is seen as a safe place by all who experience it. How we assume that we are all doing enough to help these kids, these children whose lives don’t often mirror our own, these kids who someone, somewhere have made feel as if they do not belong. I have been thinking a lot about feeling seen. About how we assume that in our schools we do…

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Disrupting the Narrative in Small Ways – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

I had the chance to sit with a few of my brilliant colleagues this week to plan our upcoming units together. Count this as another reason of why I love working for Oregon School District; the chance to get a sub so that we can collaborate and actually have time together to share ideas, push our learning, and try to craft meaningful experiences. One thing that struck me among many was the careful selection of the types of materials we…

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Helping Students Set Better Reading Goals – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

An often asked question I receive is, “How do you help kids set a reading goal?” And while the answer really could be an entire book, I promised the Passionate Readers Facebook group that I would write a little bit about my process here. After all, perhaps something I am doing as I try to figure this out myself can help someone else, or perhaps, and this is often the case, somebody else has great ideas that they can share…

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