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Art and Craft of Teaching

November is #GratitudeMonth. We are grateful to be together in this month of Thanks, as colleagues and friends. Tonight we are all about teaching. Teaching at its innermost core of goodness and joy.  Teaching as inspiration for generations of children in our care. No matter what obstacles, we are blessed. Let the change be, just […]

Purpose, Passion, Patience and Laughter!


Family Celebration Weekend, on a snowy Saturday afternoon in Sunriver, Oregon. Obviously I need an organizing consultant, but Marie Kondo isn’t available. I have been cleaning out and sorting for quite awhile, my clutter, my life. The wise words by Tony Wagner really hit home this week as I juggled some major life decisions and […]

Space Race

The Soviet Union’s jump-start to space exploration, with the launching of Sputnik in 1957, left egg on America’s face and galvanized the Space Race that would last between the two nations well into the next decade. I was just two years old in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy announced, “I believe that this nation […]



The black fog arrived early this year. In years past, it had begun swirling above my head some time in May. But here it was, a month before Spring Break, and it was already hovering over me with its tendrils reaching menacingly toward my skull. In but a few moments, it had invaded my brain, […]

Some Dreams Are Not Deferred


What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore—and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over—like syrupy sweet? Maybe it sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes In this […]

Finding Balance

Authentic teaching is magical balance. A good teacher knows how to reveal the essence of our existence so that we are moved to compassion, so that we respond with kindness and humanity even in the face of adversity, so that we are aware of the beautiful now, while our eyes are wide open to the […]

The Sound of Synergy


Encouragement Comes in All Forms. I was thinking this as my wife was sharing with me the highlights of her Body Attack Exercise Class as we were both leaving the YMCA. She shared with me how the instructor was a motivating force for each participant. Although the instructor was earnest and firm in her encouragement, […]


Kerry Gallagher was extraordinarily powerful in the first ISTE Ignite session: I don’t just want my students to learn. I want them to WANT TO LEARN. School hallways are filled with these conversations. “How do I make my students want to learn?” Or the soul crushing “I can’t do it for them.” Another speaker went […]

I Don’t Need to Win the Lotto

Two simple questions: What do I really need? Who needs me? Recently, Seth Godin published a short post called “The ruby slippers problem.” In this brief post he described that, in our culture, we are always looking to get more rather than focusing on what we have. His post has been on my mind since […]

Universal Truth: We All Have The Power To Change The World


And we do. Have you ever heard someone say that he or she is not out to change the world? That he or she just wants to contribute in small part; make a difference? I have. I know what people mean when they say that. Such statements come out of modesty and the people making […]