• The Why is the Key to the What and the How

    He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche I have been thinking about teachers a lot lately. Many of you are working on revising, rewriting, or simply writing curriculum and lesson plans that ares responsive to the different teaching you’ll be doing as…

  • I Am Not Everything to Students

    I saw this tweet the other day, and on the surface, it sounds like an amazing acknowledgement of the work of teachers: But listen… Teachers are not EVERYTHING to students. Nor should they be. When we see ourselves as EVERYTHING, as touchers of souls and builders of community, we see…

  • Where are the Robot Teachers?

    Last night I was invited to speak to a class of preservice teachers about the role of IT in education. It’s a hard topic to address since it’s so vast and all-encompassing. Do I talk about servers and switches or how to placate grumpy IT Techs (haha) or share the…

  • You’re Not Communicating Enough

    With COVID-19, and schools going online, offline, partly online, maybe closed, maybe open, maybe only partly open (whew!), people are getting bombarded with messages and emails and notifications flying at them from all angles. And yet, no one feels informed… why is that? I thought I’d share some food for…

  • I Don’t Know What I’m Doing

    Radiohead drummer Philip Selway, when asked about how he gained more confidence as a singer, said: My starting point for most things, no matter what, playing or anything, is that I don’t know what I’m doing. That’s a healthy place to be.  Rolling Stone Article It’s a healthy place to…

  • You’re Doing The Best You Can…And That’s Enough

    My first year teaching middle school was …well, let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. I had spent my teacher prep program determined I was going to be a high school English teacher. Students would love discussing literature as much as I did, and would turn in glorious essays filled with…