Highs, Lows, and the In-Between

This past Thursday, I sat in a special meeting for worship at our school that celebrated the life and work and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is something we do every year, which starts with our Kindergarten students leading a Peace March to the meeting room. Students and parents line the hallways as these 5 and 6 year olds walk silently, holding posters they … Continue reading Highs, Lows, and the In-Between

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Ten (or Eleven) books that tell the story of my reading life

As the year closes out and Top Ten lists pop up everywhere, I thought I’d get in on the game, but take a different route. Recently, my friend Danny Bauer shared the first book he remembered reading as a kid – Danny the Dinosaur – and what made it so memorable for him. He also asked our group to share the first book we remember … Continue reading Ten (or Eleven) books that tell the story of my reading life

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The Art of Teaching

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  – Maya Angelou (or possibly someone else) If there ever was a quote that represented teaching young children, it is this. This morning, I had the opportunity to attend a memorial meeting for worship for a teacher who taught kindergarten at school … Continue reading The Art of Teaching

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Put the politics and burning shoes aside, an important message is getting lost

So, for now, while shoes burn and talking heads discuss the economics of Nike’s ad, I’ll let my son watch these images as many times as he can, and I will believe in the potential power of those words. Continue reading Put the politics and burning shoes aside, an important message is getting lost

Ready or not, here they come: First day administrator jitters

One of my greatest memories in high school sports came from my sophomore year of high school. The season before, the varsity team was pretty bad (only 3 wins maybe), and they graduated a bulk of the starters. The following year, we were ‘rebuilding’ (that term is loosely applied here since rebuilding is usually preceded by success). Either way, we were young and inexperienced. In … Continue reading Ready or not, here they come: First day administrator jitters