Entries Tagged as 'Education'

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Towards Bravery and Kindness and Resilience

He presented his “Me” Poster to his 23 classmates yesterday. “The teacher told me I had to speak up,” he said. “Your friends wanted to hear you.” “I did it. But I was nervous,” he said. “It’s totally normal to be nervous for that,” I coached. “But you were brave.” “I was brave,” he concurred. […]

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Re-imagining Final Exams in a Connected Classroom

I’ve never really been a fan of exams. I certainly don’t like the standardized kind and I’m not really even a fan of teacher-created tests to show what my students have learned in my class. Have I written and given tests in the last 16 years? Certainly. Have some of those tests helped me to see […]

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Where Do I Start?

Since I presented at the Innovation Summit a few weeks ago, I’ve gotten a few inquiries from teachers who want to start blogging with students but they aren’t sure how to start. Or where to start. Or what they should emphasize first. I’ve written them back with quick answers to their questions about choosing a […]

Monday, November 16th, 2015


I’ve been stuck. You might have noticed that I’ve been missing from this space for over a month – something that hasn’t happened in the last 7 years of blogging. I’m not sure that I’ve missed writing, really. I’ve thought about it. I’ve written snippets here and there that never met the publish button. But […]

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Lessons I Learned From My First Grader’s Backpack

    Her backpack is worn, the seams showing the wear of the school year, the early mornings when we rushed out the door, the late afternoons when we all met up back at home and she threw her backpack on the ground only for me to pick it up and look for buried treasure. […]

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Even In The Scary Darkness

“Dad, why do people sometimes go into schools with guns and shoot kids?” she asked on the way home from school today. “Well, that’s something I really don’t have a good answer for,” he tells me he said. They had a lockdown drill this week at her school. They gathered together in the dark and […]

Monday, February 16th, 2015

The Teacher Becomes the Student

Back in October a blog post about a veteran teacher following a student for 2 days went a bit viral. My friends shared it on facebook, retweeted it on twitter and my principal was among the many who read and shared it. Instead of just reading and sharing, though, he offered us all the opportunity to recreate […]

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Building A Classroom Writing Community Through Blogs

I’ve been blogging personally for almost 6 years now. It has become a part of who I am and led to personal growth and opportunity that I wouldn’t trade. Blogging has made me feel like a real writer. Blogging has introduced me to a community of writers and thinkers and friends. Blogging has made me […]

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Let Them Read Books

I spent the last hour of the school day today stamping brand new books. It’s the best feeling, really, opening box after box of books that tomorrow I’ll get to put in the hands of teachers who will then get to put them in the hands of students. Some of these books are bound to […]

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

What Happened When I Wrote About Moldy Doughnuts

My post about day-old baked goods hit a chord with people. It’s been read and shared more in the past few days than anything I’ve written in the recent past. And for that I am grateful. I’m grateful that other people share my frustration at the way teachers are undervalued by most of society. But […]

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