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 week, James Clear posted a short story about Jeff Bezos in his newsletter. “I very frequently get the question: ‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’ And that is a very interesting question; it’s a very common … Continue reading What isn’t going to change? A reflection on successful, innovative coaching
Each school year, I visit each classroom to introduce, or reintroduce myself to every student. As an administrator, I rarely miss the classroom, but I do miss the personal bond you develop spending 5-7 hours a day with a child. … Continue reading I am human: practicing empathy
20 years ago… I received an unexpected gift from a teacher. I could never fully repay her, but this week I realized I could provide at least a small repayment to let her know how meaningful that gift was. I … Continue reading An Unexpected Gift
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
Eight months ago, I wrote a list. Today, I found and reread it, feeling as if it it was lightyears away. As summer winds down, and I finish my preparation for the new school year, I feel lucky to have … Continue reading A reflection on failure and success: Preparing for the school year
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?
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been coaching our JV summer league team, a group of mostly rising freshmen whom I am just getting to know as basketball players. Earlier this season, I read an article about How not to … Continue reading Basketball IQ and How not to be stupid
What do you see when you look at this image? I honestly don’t know how other schools do their scheduling each summer, but this is actually the result of the work at the tail end of a three-day scheduling binge … Continue reading What can you learn from a schedule?
I get to spend time with my kid and he enjoys it. I get to make up silly voices and no one makes fun of me for it. We have been reading the Harry Potter series and we’re about to … Continue reading Top 10 reasons I love reading aloud with my son