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The Things We Don't Say

We are five days into November, and this month feels incredibly hard. The excitement of a new school year has definitely waned, obstacles to learning have presented themselves, and we are struggling to stay honest, open, and connected. So are our students.

It is hard, really, really hard, to say what we think but even harder to say how we feel. It's the strangest thing: while having "heart" is at the center of all things learning, sharing the emotions that our hearts feel is not necessarily a celebrated, embraced, or even accepted practice.

In January of 2021, I shared a piece entitled, "Toxic Positivity: How the 'Show-Must-Go-On' is Secretly Harming Our Teachers.&quo