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.
It was a little more than a year and a half ago that I realized that I wanted to explore what it means to be engaged in civil discourse. Not casually, but to make it a thing I came back to on a very regular basis. We were changing administrations, there was an election lingering […]Read More So We’re Doing This Thing: #amorecivildiscourse
Dan relates a recent experience he had with some 5th graders and a problem that changed as they explored it: In most of my classroom visits lately, I am trying to identify moments where the class and I are drafting our thinking, where we aren’t looking to reach an answer but to grow more sophisticated and more precise […]Read More It’s A First Draft World.
I’ve been reading a book that’s a bit of choir preaching for my world. But Toby reminds us that, sometimes, you’ve gotta preach to the choir in order to get them to sing. It’s called Caring for Words, and the person who recommended it to me said she thought I’d like it. Boy, was she […]Read More Own The Words You Use. And Use Them Carefully.
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