Archive | December, 2009

Life Changes

Short blog about gratitude and changes before heading out of town with my wife for a brief and most welcome retreat to bring in the new and think about the past year. How long does it take for your life to change–utterly? About as long as it took me to write that sentence, that's how […]

Educare: The Instructional Safety Checklist

In an article from a previous New Yorker titled "The Checklist," author-doctor Atul Gawande argued that checklists of essential actions could accomplish great things in patient care, helping doctors (and, as it turns out, pilots, builders, financial investors, and others) focus on the big decisions by freeing them from worrying about the small things such […]

The Teacher Brain

You know all about the "teacher brain." This is the part of your mind that kicks in when you are casually listening to someone who says something that makes you sit up straight, eyes wide, and see a lesson plan. Or you are standing, as I was the other day, in line at Peet's Coffee […]

My World: Connected

Today, roughly a year from when I began blogging, tweeting, ninging, and using Facebook (I will never use "facebook" as a verb: I have my limits!), I saw my digital worlds merge in a quiet but marvelous way. I have been reading, taking notes on, and trying to begin writing the next chapter of the […]

What is your greatest fear?

Last night I finished reading Marcel Proust's Swann's Way, the first volume of his In Search of Lost Time. Just in case anyone is very confused and thinks I read the whole book this week: I began this 600-page novel back in the summer (I often start winter break by finishing up any books like […]

Alice in Wonderland Goes to School

I have been re-reading Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in the last few days and just about everything about it makes me think about what school must feel like to those who, for whatever reason, are not ready for the intense academic demands or what can only feel like the foreign language of it […]

Alice in Wonderland Goes to School

I have been re-reading Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in the last few days and just about everything about it makes me think about what school must feel like to those who, for whatever reason, are not ready for the intense academic demands or what can only feel like the foreign language of it […]

What we hope to see and hear

Today I just want to celebrate a former student who showed great promise when I had her years ago as a sophomore. Every paper Shannon wrote was a gem, a polished piece of writing I enjoyed reading. One of the small joys the Internet has brought us teachers is contact–mostly welcomed–from former students who will […]

Is there a merit badge for this?

We spent the afternoon at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for twin brothers we have watched grow up. The church was full of teachers, family, friends, fellow Scouts, and those adults who had mentored Andrew and Matthew. As I watched the ceremony, took in the significance and substance of it all, watched his father […]

Companions: Feast on Your Life

This word companion is one I cherish. It means to break bread (pan) with another. About three times a year–just before school, mid-way through, and near the end–I go out to dinner with my two dear friends, Rebecca and Sandy. We always go to the same place: Firefly (I'll put a photo in to help […]

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