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’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 […]Read More Badges. They’re Still Not What I Thought They Were.
Earlier this evening, I had a conversation with a colleague who is thinking hard, very hard, about how to teach and perpetuate SEL1 principles in classrooms in deep and meaningful ways for children. We ended up talking because I pushed a bit to ask that, as she creates resources to be used widely by Very Important […]Read More On Agency, and #whyIwrite
Two things from today that intersected in a useful way: Early this morning, a teammate noticed another group at the library had a big pile of work on their hands. She asked my permission to help them. Because the person who used to sit in my seat at the library valued keeping teams separate. Their […]Read More “A Way of Caring”
This post is a bit dated – found it in the drafts folder, dusted it off, and am sharing it now.. The request hasn’t left my mind since offered a couple of months ago. I ended up have an unexpected visit with a mentor of mine yesterday. It’d been a while since we’d talked and […]Read More Be Less Hesitant
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
The title of this post will likely bug some folks because it’s a fairly obvious statement. Except I see plenty of teachers, well-meaning and kind-hearted every one, requiring students to post work they do in class online. Without exception or choice in the matter. They require this work to be posted publicly for a number […]Read More If Public Isn’t an Option, Then It Isn’t a Choice
I become more and more convinced each passing day that learning and culture are habit-based skills1. We either have healthy learning habits, or healthy cultures, or we don’t. Any organization can improve its habits. But habit formation and cessation aren’t events. You don’t change habits in one-day workshops, or a summer conference. You change habits […]Read More Building (Better) Organizational Habits
One thing that never seems to be in short supply in the learning organizations I work with is a steady stream of new priorities, initiatives, and programming. There’s always an agenda, pet project, new idea, or something fresh, exciting, and game changing that’ll make all the difference for everybody in the organization. I get it. […]Read More Suppose We Just Left Them Alone?
Last month, I took my three daughters skating. They’ve all been to the skating rink plenty of times, and are at different levels of skating expertise. Ani and Teagan both motor along at their own paces, leaving their four-year-old sister, Quinn, and me behind as they skate it up to whatever loudly pulsating track is […]Read More Skating Along