For the past few months, I’ve taken on the habit of reading multiple books at once. One for my Mastermind group book club and one for my own enjoyment. It means it might take a little longer to finish each book, but often provides some unique connections. At the moment I am reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. … Continue reading Learning, slow then fast
What are the parents like at your school? Amazing. They really are. After 12 years of teaching and throughout my first year in an administrative role, this is overwhelmingly the answer. Unfortunately, it often takes some time to remember this if someone asks me. Recently, I’ve gone back to reread the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnemann. The general outline of the book is to … Continue reading The importance of thinking slowly in schools
A few weeks ago, I went to watch a few high school basketball games. Aside from the fact that there were four games in a row, it was a typical day in a high school gymnasium. There was a mix of great moves, bad passes, off balance shots, and whistles blowing followed by fans yelling. In each of the games, high school basketball players showed … Continue reading After the game: Talking to young athletes
I am thankful for children, because I am a giant. 6 foot 4 is not gigantic by most definitions, but size is relative. As a high school basketball player, I was tall. As a college basketball player, I was slightly above average. As a first grade teacher, I was something closer to enormous, as a third grade teacher, huge, and as fifth grade teacher really … Continue reading I am thankful for children, because I am a giant.
I know I’m not the first to say this, but something clicked for me tonight. I feel more disconnected than my parents ever were. I feel like I can’t go through a day anymore without hearing about how kids are disconnected from humanity because of their reliance on technology. Continue reading My Work-Life, Technology-Humanity (Im)balance
After the first six to eight weeks of school, I am wondering about the many new teachers out there. There was so much advice on twitter and elsewhere. I hope it helped, but I also know that for me, the second six weeks of school were harder than the first six, because at that point, I realized how much support I needed. Plus, I had … Continue reading 5 tips for new teachers (plus 3 books to read)
Beliefs are critical to success. The ability to change beliefs is equally important to success. As educators, we need to remember that all of us are capable of making significant shifts in beliefs, and that children are particularly malleable. As I write this, those statements feels obvious, but I also know from experience that certain students, with certain challenges, can overwhelm us with a sense … Continue reading The importance of beliefs, and changing them