Tag Archives: education

Living the Conversation

Rilke wrote of "living the questions," in his Letters to a Young Poet, a book I've always treasured (and which served as inspiration for my book Letters to a New Teacher). As something of a follow up to yesterday's blog about complexity, I want to suggest we try "living the conversation" within the profession and […]

Teacher as Student

The poet Theodore Roethke reportedly told his students that their grade was based not only on what they learned from him but how much he learned from them. The notion was that if you sit in my class for a semester and say or do nothing that gives me any insight into myself, my discipline, […]

Don’t Get Too Comfortable

We want kids to feel safe in our classes so we can make them feel uncomfortable in productive (instructional) ways. This is called "getting them outside their comfort zones." If we are comfortable with where we are, we are not growing, and thus not learning. Kids don't come to school to learn what they already […]

What business are you in?

I read all sorts of things: magazines (Inc., New Yorker, Wired, Fast Company), books (literary, pedagogical, business, scientific, biographical), blogs, websites, and newspapers. Every word? No, of course not. A great skimmer, gliding through them with my teacher brain alert for possible ideas, my writer's brain on the hunt for details, data, sources. This week […]

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