being a teacher

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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Win A Copy of the Audio Version of Passionate Readers – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

Brand new cover, same great book (hopefully) Yesterday was a new milestone in my author life; my book, Passionate Readers, came out as an audiobook!    I shared the news with my students and they thought it was pretty cool as well.  It is certainly not every day that you get to see your name on Audible but then hear someone else speaking your words professionally. So in honor of this milestone moment for me, and in preparation for our…

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