Recently, I had one of those little moments that mean the world. It was a moment that could have gone off the rails at several points, but it didn’t. A young man came into the library with his mother to explain what happened to the drone they borrowed from us. They returned the case, and […]Read More Sometimes, Things Happen Rightly.
Late last week, I had the opportunity to sit in on the Thinq Studio’s one day unconference. I’ve been watching their work from afar, and following along as some smart folks do wide things. But I was looking forward to spending some time with local colleagues and teachers to explore issues around teaching differently. The […]Read More #Rethinq18 -ing Things
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
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 […]Read More On Turning 39
I’m writing this weekend from the New Pathways Design Challenge meeting, an add-on meeting to the National Writing Project’s Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. It’s the third stool to the Building New Pathways work I’m involved in with the NWP, where I’m co-facilitating a team thinking hard about micro credentials that might be useful for […]Read More New Pathways to Leadership – A Design Challenge within the NWP
When I left my last job, and the team of great people I got to call friends and colleagues, I left behind a note for them as the best possible way I could say some of what I wanted to end our professional relationship with. Much of that note was for them, and has no […]Read More In a Moment of Transition, A Challenge to Myself
Earlier today, I sat in on a meeting of the St. Vrain Blended Libraries Action Research Group. That’s a big name, but the group is a group of teacher librarians, school and district folks, and administrators who are rethinking the role of the library in our 21st Century schools. They’re standing up an action research […]Read More Here I Go Again
Recently, a project I spent some time on last spring and summer came to life. Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom is now available for free download as a PDF or a 99 cent eBook via the Amazon Kindle store. I’m biased, but I think you should take a peek. The goal of the project […]Read More Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom
I taught a class tonight and made it home just in time for bedtime. I’d been looking forward to stories – and expected my daughters to be on their way up to bed. But what I found instead was that Ani was already in bed and tucked in. She wasn’t feeling super well and had […]Read More A Little Bit of Modeling. A Whole Lot of Love.
After the announcement last week, and carrying on into today, I’ve gotten such nice messages from people, many I know, several I do not, saying the nicest things about me. It’s been pretty nice. Really nice. Wonderfully . . . you get the idea. I wonder why we don’t always take the time to say […]Read More Would You Please Say Something Nice?