Depression, Vulnerability, & Second Chances

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable,” warned Mother Teresa. “Be honest and transparent, anyway.” A non-profit organization invited me to join them for breakfast several years ago.  They wanted me to deliver a keynote presentation about core values at an upcoming event. A woman on the planning committee leaned across the table and said, “Julie, […]

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Voices in the City School

I posted short journaling activities for my seventh grade students on the board every morning.  Students responded to each statement or question in their writing notebooks when they entered the classroom.  I designed the journaling activities to serve as springboards for discussion during instruction.  Oftentimes, the writing activities invited us into deeper learning within the […]

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