On “Content Awareness”

I recently used the phrase “content awareness” in a blog post about a standardized testing experience I had: “… ultimately the exam process is hardly about the content, it’s about the presumed measurement of content awareness (“knowledge” seems too generous here)… Passing the exam is not about knowing the content well or deeply, it’s about… Continue reading On “Content Awareness”

In Praise of Men Who Matter

For more than a few weeks I have had the intention to write a post about my positive relationships with men. And the difficulty starts right there. I can’t just say “relationships with men” without immediately clarifying that I am not referring to romantic or intimate relationships per se, but to friendships and familial relationships… Continue reading In Praise of Men Who Matter

The Integrity Diet

Throughout this year I have spent a fair amount of time wondering about what it is I am actually supposed to be doing. For about 8 more weeks I will still be working, living and learning entirely on my own dime. Time away from the classroom has brought an astounding degree of freedom and plenty… Continue reading The Integrity Diet

The Commencement Address I Never Gave

Dear Graduates, You are here, I am told, because you made it. You fulfilled the requirements, satisfied the criteria of your studies and now will be rewarded with a diploma. Congratulations! In the process that has brought you thus far, what have been your greatest lessons? Where has your learning been its deepest and  most… Continue reading The Commencement Address I Never Gave

On-Stage, Off-Stage

 Pretend for a moment that you’re alone with your thoughts, and that whatever you think or feel in the next few minutes is not designed for social media consumption, interpersonal bonding, or heated debate – that it’s just you thinking through you. (emphasis mine) If you’re angry, why? No, really? What makes you angry about… Continue reading On-Stage, Off-Stage

Inclusion, Intent and Extraordinary Value

It’s workshop season and I’m pulling my resources together trying to design adult learning experiences that create value for participants. When I am in this phase of mapping, planning, sketching and drafting, a number of competing ideas come up for me. I find myself zooming out, then zooming in; attending to the details while keeping… Continue reading Inclusion, Intent and Extraordinary Value