• Willpower Alone Won’t Make that Goal Happen

    We spend a shocking 43 percent of our day doing things without thinking about them. That means that almost half of our actions aren’t conscious choices but the result of our non-conscious mind nudging our body to act along learned behaviors. - Good Habits, Bad Habits inside book inside flap

  • Talking to Colleagues about Talking to Strangers

    My daughter Alex gets a quirky partial smile on her face when she’s highly anxious or nervous. I worried that this would work against her when she was in Navy Boot Camp. Today’s blog explains why… When Mike Lawrence invited me to his next #HookEd virtual book club talk, I…

  • Reading Our Way to an Understanding of Racial Justice

    A colleague of mine, Andrew Arevalo, posted on Twitter that he had started reading White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. A Twitter conversation began in which people shared other books that would also be great reads. Here’s the books that…

  • Imagining Joyful Learning Spaces

    This past month our innovation team has been fortunate to work with a school staff that is looking to reimagine their library space. Currently a traditional space with plain walls, a large circulation desk, and giant book shelves, the staff is wanting to build a space that reflects the joy…

  • The Overachievers and the Unengaged

    The overwhelming majority of students today want learning to be active, not passive. They want to be challenged to think and to solve problems that do not have easy solutions. They want to know why they are being asked to learn something. They want learning to be an end in…

  • Learn from Failure

    One of the books I received from the Next Big Idea Book Club was Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive by Bradley R Staats. Reading it was more of an affirmation than a “ooh, I didn’t know that.” What I appreciated about Staats book was the reasoning…