My name is Chris Loeffler. I am currently the assistant head of Wilmington Friends lower school in Wilmington, Delaware. I am also a coach, father, sibling, Friend, and more. I taught elementary school for twelve years, mostly in third grade, before starting this blog. I have coached football and basketball, as well as a little soccer and baseball, with students from 4 years old to college. Fortunately, I am able to call these passions my job and love every opportunity I am given to work with children.
I believe in the power of children. I think that kids are able to view our world in a way that adults are often too inhibited to understand. Conversations with children are a chance to see the world through their eyes, which enlightens and empowers us as adults to make better decisions.
This blog initiated a new chapter in my educational career, connecting me with new people. It became a place for me to build ideas and share them with others, a reflective tool that continues to help me learn and inspires me to think beyond the office, the classroom, and the school building.
I am constantly inspired by and thinking about the work of Carol Dweck and David Jardine as educators who care about the psychological well-being of children, not just content. EdCamps have inspired me to connect with educators in new and innovative ways. Design Thinking and SEL are the topics most central to my thinking lately. Please feel free to reach out to connect on these ideas with me more.
My favorite reads, most within the past year:
- Troublemakers by Carla Shallaby
- The First Book of Rhythms by Langston Hughes
- Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
- The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
- Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnemann
My favorite (mostly educational) podcasts include:
- Code Switch
- Better Leaders, Better Schools
- The Sporkful
I also want to acknowledge the role of EdCamps, EduCon, The Innovative Teaching Academy (who challenged me to start this blog), and the Guiding Principals Mastermind crew, led by Daniel Bauer, who challenge me every week to be a better leader.