A little owl told me….by Kelly McRee
What is your favorite classroom ritual or routines that foster classroom community? I love morning circle - playing a name game to share what we wrote about in morning journal, singing a song, calendar time - I’m working on adding in the wish well concept now too.
I had the pleasure this week of interviewing Meg Burkly, one of our amazing 3rd and 4th grade teachers in the Cedar Elm Treehouse. This is her first year at ADS, teaching with Kristin Allington in the Bombastic Bobcats!
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
I would love to go to Bali. I’ve seen amazing pictures of the landscape of Bali and delicious, fresh fruit from several of my yoga teachers that have gone on trainings. It looks like an amazing experience.
What is it that you do that gives you the most satisfaction? I love the social and emotional aspect of teaching. I love helping kids feel loved and safe at school.
Share a happy childhood memory. One of my birthdays when I was a young girl, my dad brought me to see Annie on broadway in Boston. I was obsessed with the musical and sat on the edge of my seat singing along to every word. Then we went out for Chinese food in China Town and it was Chinese New Year - confetti all over the streets, dragon dolls parading down the street - it was a magical evening for me.
What is the most important quality to you in a relationship with someone else? How and why is it important to you? Trust - when I trust someone, I feel safe around them. Then I can really be myself and excel. When this trust is broken, I feel a guard is up.
What are you grateful for in your life right now? My two healthy, loving dogs; my amazing new job at ADS :); my wonderful co-teacher, Kristin
If you had an unexpected free day and could do anything you wished, what would you do? Go to yoga in the morning, go out to eat lunch afterwards at a yummy vegan restaurant, find a good place somewhere to read a book that I just couldn’t put down, be in nature
What is a favorite memory that you have of time spent in nature? I hiked part of the 500 mile walk in Spain called el Camino de Santiago with my dad a few years ago. It’s essentially walking 15 miles per day, west across Spain. Some of my favorite memories in nature are of walking with my dad across dusty dirt roads in the middle of nowhere in Spain.
Who inspires you? People who take care of themselves well - people who love themselves and honor what they need in that moment. One of my yoga teachers is truly an inspiration for me in connecting to that element of self-love and finding what feels good in your own life.
What’s the last book that you couldn’t put down? I just re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone again….SO GOOD!