being a teacher

Fully Me – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

I had just turned 18 when I agreed to move to the US. Unaware of what the world would bring, unaware of what else the world could hold. I may have been a mature 18-year-old per regular Danish standards, but I wasn’t quite ready to leave my mother’s side even as my siblings had found homes around the world. The proud teen in me not quite ready to set off on my own rebellion as it was so much easier…

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On Honoring Student Writing Identity – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

I have been writing. Every Saturday morning, in the quiet before the house comes alive, I sit with a cup of tea, my computer and I write the words that I have been carrying about the work we do in room 203. Sometimes my fingers fly, other times they still as I reread each sentence, not quite sure where I am going but knowing that there is something there. This isn’t the first time, I have written for a larger…

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Summer 2020 – See Me on the Road or Have Me Speak – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

As readers of this blog may know, I work full-time as a 7th grade English teacher, which means that most days I am found teaching my incredible 7th graders in Oregon, Wisconsin. It is what my heart loves to do. It is such an honor to work with these kids as they navigate these formative years and to be a part of a community that works so hard in growing together.  I have a dream of schools where all stakeholders…

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Meet our Emergency Stash Cart – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

A few weeks ago I came across a genius idea from my friend, the incredible Julie Jee. She showed images of a plastic rollaway cart filled with emergency supplies that her students had requested. As Julie so often does, she shared this great idea freely through Twitter and in that sharing, I was inspired. It made perfect sense, after all, I am sure there are things that our students would love access to without having to ask. So I followed…

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What’s Important in Your World – A Small Question to Boost Conferring – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

I have been having small conversations with students. Isn’t that what teaching is in so many ways? Much like we live life in the moments in between the big, we teach in the moments in between the big as well, the big assignment, the best draft, the presentation. We go throughout our day using our voice to connect, our bodies to show our listening, our eyes to show we care. We seek out those moments in between hello’s and goodbye’s…

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I Forgive – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

A personal post as the break offers time to ruminate on the ways I live my lives. Moving these thoughts out into the universe so that I can return to regular thoughts on this blog. I never assumed perfection and yet in looking back I see the strive for it every day. How hard I have fallen on myself whenever I have made a mistake. How I have carried these burdens with me as if they were a weight to…

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Our Mock Caldecott Picks for 2020 – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

Warning: I may change my mind… For the past 5 years, I have done a Mock Caldecott unit with students as we come back to school in January. And while January is far away, the year is quietly winding down which means the reflection begins on which illustrations took my breath away. And there were many. Last year, I ballooned my choices but it turned out to be too hard to get through for my students. So this year there…

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Creating Foundational Rights for Students Within Personalized Instruction. – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

A conversation I find myself having often with other educators is just what to do next for curriculum. How do we get everyone on the same page? How do we ensure that what we do is actually happening in different classrooms with different teachers? How do we ensure that the very kids we are entrusted with have somewhat similar experiences within our classrooms all while protecting the art of teaching? You may think that textbooks with daily lessons are the…

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The First Time We Ask – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

I think of the many hard lessons I have learned through the years. About respect. About feeling valued. About feeling seen. About what I needed to change not just as the teacher, but also as the adult in charge of the learning experience we create, day in, day out. So many learned not because I finally realized something, but instead because the kids I have taught had a way to teach me. Had a way to speak up when they…

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I Am Reminded – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

We continue to get to know each other slowly. Dancing around each other in this forced community which we hope to make our own. Feeling each other out as we wonder where in each other’s legacies we will fit. Will we matter or will we be a forgotten chapter? Simply a footnote in a story that spans a lifetime. Four weeks into a new school year and I keep thinking how I am already a much better teacher than I…

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A Little More Grace – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

Maybe what we all need is just a little more grace a little more time a little more love for ourselves for our perceived flaws and faults for the imperfections we pick apart and hold up to the world faster than anyone can point them out to allow ourselves to fully breathe out in order to fully breathe in realize that what we are doing is enough for now that there will always be more that we will always need…

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What Parents Wish We Would Ask their Child – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

Yesterday, I asked a question on social media, a question I have asked before.  A question that has been rolling around in my head here in Costa Rica as I dream of the year to come. While responses continue to come in from around the world, I am struck by the urgency so many of the questions are wrapped in.  An urgency that speaks to the hopes and dreams, and yes, sometimes fears, that I also share as my own…

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Not Too Easy – Embracing Graphic Novels at Home – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

One of the biggest changes within children’s publishing since I became a teacher and a parent has been the explosion of graphic novels onto the market. While comics have long been a mainstream in the home, and many of us grew up devouring comics, the power of the graphic novel to excite readers and keep them reading is tangible. So much so that if you looked at my own classroom collection, you wouldn’t just see a bin or two but…

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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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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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