I was listening to the radio today and they were interviewing Andy Grammer. The DJ asked what advice he’d’ have for musicians that haven’t “made it” yet. He said, “Fail spectacularly.” He went on to say that you can be an enormous success, or you can be an enormous failure, but if you are just … More Failing Spectacularly
I spent the majority of my career as a second-grade teacher. I loved teaching children at that age. The kids came to school happy to see me, happy to be at school, and even requested homework from time to time. I don’t assume it was the actual work that they wanted, but the I’m-big-stuff-now feeling … More Is homework good or bad?
My dad is a car guy. In his life, he has owned some pretty awesome cars. He also instilled an appreciation for beautiful vehicles in me. I recognize gorgeous cars of all varieties, but I am pretty partial to Camaros and Corvettes. If anyone offers to give me a car of my choice, I’m … More Leadership in the Fast Lane
If you are under the age of 40, I know what you are thinking about my title…that’s only something that old people say. If you are around 40 or older, though, I bet you are nodding and agreeing with me. I never thought I’d be one of those people who was bothered by the number, … More Why 40 is better than 20
I taught in the primary grades for fifteen years. In general, primary grade teachers are all literacy leaders. Teaching students to read and write are top priorities every day in their classrooms. That importance doesn’t go away, however, just because kids get older. Most students are successful as independent readers and writers by the time … More Equipping Leaders in the Age of Literacy
I recently had coffee with a good teacher friend. He was telling me that their district is moving from iPads to Chromebooks for next school year. Some of the other teachers were rejoicing because then the students “wouldn’t be playing games during class.” He pointed out to them that kids can, in fact, still play games … More Empowered by Reciprocal Learning – Student Engagement Series