My 25th wedding anniversary is in two days. Summer solstice time. Time to reflect. I read my vows and get teary. They are so great. Sweet. Naive. We spent so many hours at the beach, sifting through beautiful, smooth stones as we discussed, chewed on, wrangled, and negotiated over what we wanted to say, … Read moreWhat’s Love Got to Do With It?
This time of year teachers and students start to twitch because it’s testing time. It seems the weight of the world is on their shoulders and out of their control. National standardized tests are such a limited and short sighted way to judge a person’s learning. In school, Dale participated in annual tests and what seemed … Read moreSaying Goodbye to Testing Trauma & Data Disorder
Today I ran into a friend, D, whom I hadn’t seen in many years. Over twenty years ago I was her daughter’s 5th grade teacher. D was the ace volunteer who spent most Fridays in the classroom with us. She attended field trips, helped with paperwork and gave her opinion when I asked for it. … Read moreGifts Worth Passing On: Encouragement, Affirmation, Gratitude, Trust
Life can be hard. Work can be hard. Creating can be hard. Execution can be hard. But hard is ok. Challenge is good. When did we get, and begin to instill, the idea that things have to be EASY? Staples, you are no help. We don’t need an Easy button. We need a keep going … Read moreThrow Away the Easy Button