A few years ago, I decided I would make speedskating my winter sport. You know, speekskating – that sport that you only see during the winter Olympics and is dominated by the Dutch: Skaters in sleek suits, super long blades on their remarkably elegant boots, giant quadriceps, tremendous grace combined with outragrous speed on an… Continue reading The learning habit
The race is on. The school year is off to a rousing start and suddenly the hands on the clock begin moving faster. I don’t feel myself rushing just yet. It’s too early, right? On the other hand, if I’m not busy, then what am I? What could I possibly be? A slacker, a daydreamer,… Continue reading Purpose and Choice and Making a Difference
One of my favorite things about being a teacher is the annual opportunity to start fresh. Think about it: when and where else do we enjoy the privilege of regularly repeated new beginnings? Even going into my 24th year in education, I savor the anticipation of that first day excitement and wonder. Here are… Continue reading Fresh starts
THANK YOU: Two words that have changed my life and helped me find my better self when I most needed to. About a decade ago, I made saying “Thank you” a genuine habit a of mind. While I had certainly used Thank you, please and you’re welcome often enough in the past, what changed was when… Continue reading A Few Thank Yous
This summer I found the book I believe I’ve been waiting for all my career: The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation by Elena Aguilar. (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass 2013). Let me try to explain why. The title of my masters thesis in Sport Psychology back in 1997 raised the question: What’s in a… Continue reading What’s in a Coach?
After a long hiatus, I’m back. This summer I joined twitter and imagine this: I was pleasantly surprised. Pay no attention to the mindless chatter of celebrities, there’s a wonderful world of exciting contributions to all dialogues educational. I don’t follow many and am not sure how I feel about being followed, yet I have… Continue reading Back in
The joy of knowing children Today I was struck by an uncommon thought. As I was in the process of dismissing one group of students and collecting the next, I was suddenly overcome with a wave of fundamental gratitude. There was a joy I felt in that moment; a sense of pleasure and… Continue reading The joy of knowing children