Klingbrief (Volume 104)

The Klingbrief wheel keeps turning, as our editors and writers scour books and research journals and periodicals and podcasts and keynote lectures (etc.!) to offer encouragement and instruction and training and nudges and provocations to teachers and school leaders across the globe.

The work of education has never not been challenging. And it seems to require more nuanced understanding and practice with every passing year. Klingbrief can help.

The October issue will remind you about the importance of offering time, space, and grace to your students — and yourselves. It will equip you to build community, to cultivate belonging, and to reach beyond your typical models of thinking (and thinking about thinking). Best of all, it will invite you to take apart — by questioning — some of what we take for granted in order to rebuild — by imagining — some of what we might cherish. Dig in.

In Praise (Again) of Constraints

It’s nearing peak fall foliage season in my part of the world. That’s inspiring me to shake the digital tree — the wilderness I wander online — and share the most interesting and beautiful leaves I’ve seen lately.

Here’s one — a screenshot of a screenshot of a poem by William Bronk. The last line is as good of a summary of RW, since August, as we are likely to find. Also, and more important: it’s a perfect frame for the week, portioned out as it likely is already. You can either make a career out of pushing against constraints, or you can find ways to praise and cherish them.

Source: a Tweet from Tom Snarsky.