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Searching for Frankl’s Meaning: The Decent and the Principled, How we Define Who We Are as Individuals, Communities, a Nation

In life, everyone experiences regrets. Daniel Pink reported a study on what constitutes the greatest source of regrets that we Americans experience- loves lost or perhaps never found, career disappointments or paths not chosen, in-actions rather than actions taken. A … Continue reading

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Remembering 9/11: America’s Children

My mother once made one of those off-handed parental comments that can either fly right over a child’s head or catch a child’s attention and result in a question. I think I was about twelve then and what my mother … Continue reading

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A New Year. Multi-Tasking. My Peach Cobbler. Connections. Hidden Figures.

Tonight I am inspired by Olympic athletes. Most of all though, I am inspired by stories of young black women who in the 1940s and 50s became “human computers in skirts” for NASA. Who knew? Continue reading

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Getting to Yes

Have you ever agreed to something and then wondered if it was the smartest thing you ever did? That happened to me last spring. A colleague shared with me that a group of middle school kids was on a mission … Continue reading

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Winter Reflections on Time , Technology, Teaching, and Star Trek

A wake up call from a changing workforce .. This past August , I pulled 4–5 old tech items out of a bag at our New Teacher Academy as part of a welcome message to educators joining our learning community. … Continue reading

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Connectivity, Connections, and Connectedness #iste2015 #satchat

Saturday morning, #satchat entered my room live from #iste2015 in Philadelphia… I was still in couch-based PD mode although the crowd was gathering in Philadelphia already and I hoped to soon connect face-to-face with friends and colleagues there. Some I … Continue reading

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TreeHouses: A Middle School Design and Build Maker Project

I love that middle school learners are quick to jump in and activate as learners when given a context for learning.  They may float between being semi-adults and semi-children and are at times the most stable and fragile of people, … Continue reading

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Disruptive Innovation in Schools From Inside Out – Not Outside In

I’ve been thinking about disruptive innovation in schools. Disruptive innovation has evolved into a buzz phrase with superficial interpretations that can confuse understanding. First, its history. In 1997, Clayton Christensen coined the term to describe the concept’s application in the … Continue reading

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On Patience and Empathy

I remember a day many years past when a teacher boiled over with frustration with a six- year-old child who routinely sneaked snacks from other children’s lunch boxes. The kids were angry. So was the teacher. She’d tried a variety … Continue reading

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11 Reasons I Am Still Thankful for Public Education in America in 2014

Bashing public education in 2014 continues as a national sport for U.S. media and politicians who compete 24/7 for public market share. But, the good news is that educators and parents are pushing back against mischaracterization of America’s public education … Continue reading

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