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“We Get To Change Expectations By Raising Expectations”

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:57:49 PST

My friend Zac: # That’s the opportunity each of us who has the privilege to working with children has each day. We get to change expectations by raising expectations. We get to throw joy where anger or apathy is expected. We get to be kind.We have the exceptional challenge every day of being better versions … Continue reading "“We Get To Change Expectations By Raising Expectations”"



“Seeing My Daughter Dare Was Wonderful”

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:08:51 PST

I’m doing some work that involves a new teacher colleague in Costa Rica, and I took three years of high school German.  What little Spanish I know I’ve picked up from my wife and children’s conversations around the house. I’m a crummy listener. # Enter Google Translate.  For the last week or so, I’ve been … Continue reading "“Seeing My Daughter Dare Was Wonderful”"



Stuff Changes. Or Not. Transformation Isn’t a One Time Thing.

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:46:41 PDT

A class I was involved in a little while back took a few minutes to write together the other day about a time “before technology,” “after technology,” and “personal technology.” To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I should share my writing there, but it turns out I have a blog – so I can … Continue reading "Stuff Changes. Or Not. Transformation Isn’t a One Time Thing."



Faking It

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:12:25 PDT

  # I’m working with a couple groups of teachers next week who want to explore the idea of blogging as a way of promoting inquiry and professional growth in their practice. As I’ve proposed to one group, here’s the session description as I’m thinking of it: # We’re on the third generation of writing … Continue reading "Faking It"



Seek Less Permission

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:49:21 PDT

Over the weekend, I read Dan’s post. I thought it was the right thing to say, and a good way to think about moving a networkish kind of community-esque thing into a better place in a time of networked publicness1 . # Stephen’s take is a good reminder of one of my Internet teacher pet peeves: … Continue reading "Seek Less Permission"



Just Read, Dammit.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:48:19 PDT

A couple of small things intersected in a timely fashion in my Twitter feeds yesterday.1 # The first was this piece in the Washington Post about a district administrator in Florida who has banned all homework in elementary school – save for reading twenty minutes a night: # Elementary school students in one Florida school … Continue reading "Just Read, Dammit."



Custodians of Magic & Wonder

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:02:01 PDT

I’ve been working for a little more than two years as a library administrator, and am awful lot of my work of late has been planning for the future of the Clearview Library District, my workplace home. # We’re dreaming hard and big right now about what we want the future of our library community to … Continue reading "Custodians of Magic & Wonder"



Badges. They’re Still Not What I Thought They Were.

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:52:32 PDT

I’ve been working lately on some resources related to telling stories about the work that the Badges Team of the New Pathways Initiative has inspired and/or been influenced by. I’ve written some about the team and our work – but not enough. I need to do that more. But what I want to capture right … Continue reading "Badges. They’re Still Not What I Thought They Were."



On Turning 39

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:48:41 PDT

I’m writing tonight from a room at the National Writing Project’s Resource Development Retreat in Denver. I’ve been here the last couple of days, working to build some resources and support some other folks to get things made. Several of the NWP’s initiatives and projects are represented here, and there’re folks working on making assignments … Continue reading "On Turning 39"



Tying My Shoes

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:31:23 PDT

Late last week, I relearned how to tie my shoes. # I’m not kidding. # Every Friday in my office, my team and I sit together for a weekly team meeting. It’s our chance to be together at the end of a long week, catch each other on what’s been happening and what we’ve been … Continue reading "Tying My Shoes"