Being interdependent is a series of small repetitive motions. Interdependence is iterative. ~adrienne maree brown As I head into another weekend after eight weeks of supporting my students from behind a screen, I continually wonder, continually get curious about the effectiveness of the contributions that I am making to them and their families. A collection … Continue reading Interdependence Is Iterative
As I continue to reflect on my role as a teacher in what may become, to some degree, the new norm of education, I also continue to mine the depths of Parker Palmer's seminal book on what it means to be a teacher, The Courage to Teach. A few more pearls of heart-led wisdom that … Continue reading ‘Community of Truth’ In a Time of Uncertainty (Part 2)
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not. ~Oprah Winfrey I'm proud of our twelve year-old. He has job. He has responsibility. He has someone else counting on him. He finished mowing the in-laws property earlier today. It has become his weekly job. For … Continue reading Integrity, please.
I don't have any sentimental notion about how people are going to remember me. ~Billy Corgan, musician/songwriter Summertime. A time for rest and rejuvenation. A time to be out and about in our small, three-degrees-of-separation community. More time spent in local shops. More time visiting our local nature haunts, camping nooks, and hiking spots. More … Continue reading Hi…Remember Me?
I recently came across this terrific TEDx Talk by Susan Henkels. And timing is truly everything, isn't it? As I complete an even four-dozen spins around the sun this spring, I find myself struggling (of sorts). Struggling with the physical ailments related to midlife. Embroiling in conflict both in my professional and personal lives. Rejuvenating … Continue reading What if there’s nothing wrong with me? Or you (for that matter)?
It's not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are. Roy E. Disney So proud that our staff is a curious staff. Yes, we talk pedagogic ideals, share lessons, and offer advice on supporting learners and connecting effectively with families when. But most often, we just listen. Ask a lot of questions. … Continue reading Daring to Lead Together
All self-deprecation aside, I'm proud of this acknowledgment (scroll to the bottom) in our local newspaper. You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness. Brene Brown Some peers thought that I was being vulnerable. Others suggested that I was just being truthful. Very simply, … Continue reading Integrity Makes “Interesting”
With the last weekend of summer break before me, I felt compelled to write. Write what? I struggled with a single focus on one specific idea or directions. Please forgive the diverge writing. Or maybe don't. Either way, no apologies will be offered. What Hypocrisy? I contemplated freeform. Write what comes to mind. It's a … Continue reading My Hypocrisy, Einstein, and a Bunch of Stuff
Some day you will look back and know exactly why it had to happen. unknown Board. Initiated. Transfer. Three words that I never would have associated with my performance as an educator, leader, professional, and colleague. But there it was. A board of education mandated change of teaching environment. Without employee consultation. I was being … Continue reading Resilience Redux
DISCLAIMER: This week's post isn't really about any specific professional reflection or learned pedagogical insight, but it does have a significant bearing on how I continue to move forward in my professional career as a learner, educator, and leader. And maybe on you, too. I am part of a weekly men's circle. The group consists … Continue reading Vulnerability at Work Here