• Personal

    There’s More to Her Than Meets the Eye

    When school dress codes focus the majority of their attention on what girls should not be allowed to wear, it sends a message. A powerful message. A message that girls are the problem. Their bodies are distracting to boys. And that boys shouldn’t have to be responsible for curtailing their sexist behavior. This needs to stop. It breeds harassment. And misogyny. And a blame the victim culture. Proud of my daughter for standing up for her rights. For her body. For her voice. Take a few minutes and read her post. Words of support always loved: There’s More to Me Than Meets the Eye

  • Personal,  Personalization of Learning,  Teaching and Learning

    Countdowns Suck. Yes, I said it.

    I wanted to write earlier…I really did. So many blog posts have been ruminating in my brain the past few weeks. But I’ve had a major life event happen. And I needed time to process. And that meant taking a break from my blog. So what happened? My oldest daughter, Alexandra, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. In fact, she leaves for basic training in 21 days. 30200 minutes. I’m so insanely proud of her. Having served in the U.S. Army myself, I know how scary it can be to give control of your life over to the government in the name of freedom. But she did it, and not only…

  • Design Thinking,  Personal

    Become a Better Human.

    My 15 year old daughter started a blog. A blog to encourage and empower teens based on her experiences and views of the world. Her second post is titled, “…like a girl.” In it, she talks about the negative impact the statement “like a girl” has on girls, and that girls are just as “strong and capable of anything as males are.” It was a positive message of self-worth. And yet, within an hour of sharing it on my Facebook page, it was attacked. In one comment, she was told that “men are stronger than women and she should face the facts of biology.” Other, similar comments followed. The dominant…

  • Personal,  Teaching and Learning

    Belonging to the Tribe

    I wasn’t the most athletic kid growing up. Haha. Who am I fooling? I’m still not athletic. I tripped trying to run to first base because my legs were moving faster than my body. I fell playing kickball because my foot landed on top of the ball instead of kicking the ball. I sometimes run into walls. So you can probably imagine that I wasn’t the first one picked to be on a team. And even if I was (eventually) picked, I certainly wasn’t in the starting lineup! So it really resonated with me when Garry Ridge, CEO of WD-40, explained to my colleagues and I* why the employees at…