growth mindset


When you get a group of talented, enthusiastic, and passionate educators together to talk about school-wide positive behavior support in the summer, great and exciting things are bound to happen. And that is exactly what occurred the other day, a few weeks before the start of the 2018-2019 school year. I am fortunate enough to […]

Instant Pot, Instant Failure

instant pot

The Instant Pot I received for Christmas this past year sat for a few months before I even thought about using it. My wife would remind me frequently we had it and that I should try it (I do all the cooking in the house. She does all the laundry. Fair trade-off). When she would […]

How to Get Better: Is “Good Enough” Good Enough?

I recently prepared introductory remarks for our winter concert. I used the same Microsoft Word document named “concert introductions” that I’ve used since I became a principal. There are elements of these introductions that need to be repeated every year: turn off your cell phone, don’t yell out your kids name, stay until the end […]

This is HARD…


I have found my entrance into politics exciting, exhausting, and invigorating. I knew that this would be my most challenging endeavor yet, but this is on another level. This is hard and not just in the ways that one would think. Now, I did not think that running for a seat in the United States […]

Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes


Upstairs, with the door closed,a set of markers and a pad of paper. That is where my eleven-year old daughtergoes tofind privacy. Privacy from her five-year old brother who can adore and infuriate her, all withina span of thirty seconds. Her privacyis always short-lived though, because he will search the entire house until he finds […]

Seven Wishes for Education This Holiday Season

One of the very best Saturday Night Live holiday season skits is “A Holiday Wish.” In it, Steve Martin expresses his wish that”All the children of the world join hands and sing together in a spirit of harmony and peace.” Fretting the logistics of such an undertaking, Martin quickly loses interest in that wish in […]

Forget the Growth Mindset (for a Moment): Time to Unravel the Fixed Mindset


…including how wereact to making a mistake,how defensive we get when we’re criticized,how we use anger to express our fear, orhow we shut down when we are overwhelmed. These are all LEARNED responses. They all come from the limited data and opinions we have been exposed to over the course of our lives. If we’re […]

Empowering Students to Take Charge of Their Learning

Growth mindset. Student learning objectives. Student success. These terms are referred to frequently in education today, but how does a teacher empower students to take control of their own learning and feel like they are active participants as opposed to simply being consumers in the classroom and school in general? As the end of a […]

Where True Character Grows

Peak Personal Growth

Those of us who actively engage ourselves in the noble and remarkable craft of teaching soon realize that we’re as much a student as the kids we are standing in front of. We set up our classrooms with all learners in mind, we research effective classroom layouts and design, share best practices with our colleagues, […]

Have You Ever Wanted To Do Something Big?


Eight thousand eight hundred and forty eight and it’s go time. No time like the present. Rock, ice, wind in your face. Eyes squinting, hands frozen, toes freezing. Can’t breathe, oxygen is low. It’s called the death zone you know. Will you stay the course, carry on, go for broke? Behold Chomolungma, the Goddess Mother […]