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
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 … Continue reading Ready or not, here they come: First day administrator jitters
Why can’t 100% of people be excited about education. Who am I being, how do I talk, how do I walk, if I believe that 100% of people love the power of learning, they just don’t know it yet. Continue reading Who am I being? How many eyes are shining around me?
The love it takes for a teacher to do their job every day can be powerful, exhausting, deeply personal, even confusing at times. Over fourteen years, I have taught a relatively wide range of students. I have been in parent-teacher … Continue reading How much love?
The end of this year has been a challenge, in a few ways. One is the fact that schools seem to love to squeeze in as much as possible into the last few weeks of school. Yet, at the same … Continue reading Problem-Solving Limbo
My mornings are pretty standard. 7:00 – 7:05: Arrive at school 7:05 – 7:15: Set up for early morning care. 7:15 – 7:30: Greet my early arrivers in the library 7:30 – 7:55: Dismiss groups to their designated spaces and … Continue reading A Small Powerful Moment
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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading I am thankful for children, because I am a giant.