A few days from now it will be National Panda Day. Two days ago it was our school’s second ever Happy Panda Day! The day marks two years since our school year was flipped-turned upside down by COVID-19. Last year, Happy Panda Day was created to celebrate all that we had accomplished in the year. A celebration of kindness, generosity, community, and finding joy when it felt most difficult. This year, we marked that anniversary again, another opportunity to find peace and happiness together. Last year, we all needed a reminder of the work we had accomplished in the face … Continue reading Happy Panda Day! (Year two)
A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to take part in a retreat for educational leaders. While it was a bit disappointing to have to meet on Zoom again, the group quickly reminded me how rejuvenating it can be … Continue reading New Years Education Resolution – Create Space, Don’t Fill It
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)
In 1992, I turned 9 years old. It was the year that Rodney King was beaten and my awareness of a much bigger, much more confusing world became apparent. In 2020, my son turned 9 years old. It is the … Continue reading Twenty-Eight Years Later: My call to be better for all children
I’ve hit a bit of a writing block lately, mostly consuming – Books, TV Shows, articles, twitter feeds. It’s been enjoyable at times, but also frustrating. I’ve been frustrated at not creating, not because I can’t share it with others … Continue reading Can we inspire creation with our lessons?
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
This is a reflection on two weekends, two kids, and the importance of context. It is a reminder for me that being a patient learner is critical to success as a parent, teacher, and student. The Soccer Tournament and … Continue reading Patient Learners – A Tale of Two Kids
Kids want to be treated like adults. I think this is a fact. We can all remember in our childhood wanting to be treated like adults. Whether it was more responsibility, dreaming about our future, being in charge on the … Continue reading Should we treat kids like adults?
Every day, in a 100 small ways, our children ask, ‘Do you hear me? Do you see me? Do I matter?’ Their behavior often reflects our response.” ~ L.R. Knost Do we really see or hear children? Do we help … Continue reading Seeing children as they are
(Yes the shoes above are signed, game-worn Ron Anderson Pony basketball shoes. Read more to find out why anyone would ever consider putting them in a blog post.) A long time ago, before Zappos and even Dick’s Sporting Goods, there … Continue reading The Shoe Game (a cheap dad’s perspective)