Today, I ran across two poems that reminded me of the importance of being lost, particularly in its ability to help us to be found. These poems spoke to me and I will share them here, without more commentary, so that they might speak to you in their own way. Continue reading Lost and Found
I think Ted Lasso is just complicated, simple, crazy, beautiful, and stupid enough for me. I also think this could be a useful criteria to gauge the quality of my own work going forward. Continue reading Two Ted Lasso Tangents
My colleague and friend texted me today reminding me that today is actually National Panda Day. He also let me know that his kids are still talking about our Happy Panda Day celebration that came together last Thursday. For those … Continue reading Happy Panda Day! (It really happened)
Why am I a school leader? Why should Continue reading Two Whys – Aligning Actions and Values to Inspire
Tonight I found a teachable moment for my son. A moment that was uniquely created by a pandemic. On Monday, I hope I can find new ways to help teachers find teachable moments for their students. 2020 has made it extremely obvious how important it is for us to create positive change in the world. Our teachers are at the center of that work and encouraging their artistry is essential. Continue reading A note for my son & Classroom artistry
On Monday morning, as I prepared to return from our weirdly early and even weirder version of spring break to a weird version of school called remote learning, I tried to follow my normal school day routine (though a bit … Continue reading Suffer, Survive, Seek, or Serve?
Courage: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty Courage is the willingness to put your self on the line knowing that you might fail. Ego: the self especially as contrasted with another self or … Continue reading Courage vs Ego: Am I good enough?
Last week, I had the opportunity to go on an overnight field trip with our fifth graders. As part of the trip, we studied the local pond to see if the water was healthy or not. In order to determine … Continue reading Determining the health of a classroom ecosystem
So I saved the hardest for last. Probably because it’s hardest. Maybe because I needed a lot of time to think it through. As you’ve seen from the previous posts, I have obviously questioned whether our team under achieved this … Continue reading Measuring Coaching Success (Part 5): Me, Myself and I
Measuring Coaching Success (Part 1): Reflections on a season past Measuring Coaching Success (Part 2): Winners and Losers Measuring Coaching Success (Part 3): Getting better or getting worse? Every season is different. Even the slightest change in players, schedule, unforeseen … Continue reading Measuring Coaching Success (Part 4): Core Values