I’m just back from a trip to Washington, D.C., where I was participating in the National Writing Project’s final meeting relating to the Building New Pathways to Teacher Leadership work. We had a great chance to share and begin to disseminate the resources generated over this two and a half year deep dive into the […]Read More Report from the NWP Spring Meeting 2018
Some days can blow your whole heart wide open, and remind you why you do what you do. Or at least why what you do matters. I had one earlier and it’s still on my mind. Our library, like most, is a safe place for folks who don’t have any other safe places to go […]Read More The Enormity of Little Things That Are Huge
Last week, many of the middle and high school students in my local school district chose to walk out of class to ask for a reconsideration of the way that we handle guns and school safety. They’re a part of a larger national movement, but the schools here are closed for Spring Break during that […]Read More Bravery is Neither Created Nor Destroyed
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 of […]Read More “We Get To Change Expectations By Raising Expectations”
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 dutifully […]Read More “Seeing My Daughter Dare Was Wonderful”
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 […]Read More Stuff Changes. Or Not. Transformation Isn’t a One Time Thing.
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 tools for […]Read More Faking It
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: And […]Read More Seek Less Permission
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 district are […]Read More Just Read, Dammit.
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 look […]Read More Custodians of Magic & Wonder