This time of year, I think about transitions. For many teachers and schools, it’s the time of year when the school year has just ended, is ending, or is soon to end. Some folks will be moving on. New roles. New jobs. New opportunities. The summer ahead is about what was and what isn’t and […]Read More What You Have May Well Be Enough (or Three Chords Can Make Beautiful Music)
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.
Three incidents today, all tied up in the same big idea, but each their own moment1. The moments first. This morning I was in a meeting with several of my colleagues on a curriculum project. One of today’s tasks was to finalize a naming scheme for several fo the files in the release of the […]Read More Letting Go Of What You Love
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
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.