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The End of the Story – Will Ferrell, Jim Stockdale, and Educators

October 5, 2016

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There’s this movie with Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, and Dustin Hoffman called Stranger than Fiction. Have you seen it? If not, you should watch it; it’s excellent.  Will Ferrell is a character in a book that Emma Thompson is writing and there’s this interplay between her story and real life that is creative and thought […]

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A story about a fridge

September 4, 2014

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This past Sunday I had the opportunity to share a story about a refrigerator magnet conversation I recently had with my kids.  The room was beautifully chaotic as families and friends (some as young as 2 weeks and others as young as 80+ years) enjoyed breakfast together.  Hear the story and see the pics and videos […]

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Summer and Time

August 11, 2014

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Summer and Time

My summer break will end in less than 2 hours.  It’s been several weeks since school let out but it somehow feels like less than that and more than that at the same time.  One of the books that I read this summer explored the bizarre nature of time – how sometimes it can seem to […]

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Pay Attention, Daddy.

January 24, 2014

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Pay Attention, Daddy.

My 3 year old is teaching me to pay attention.  His method of instruction is not modeling.  In fact, he’s not the most attentive kid most of the time.  When he wants your attention though, he demands all of it.  Yesterday it started with a simple, “Daddy, look at this.” He was building something out […]

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Put your cell phones away

January 10, 2014

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I love showing this video on my first day with new students.  I include it as part of my explanation of classroom procedures by saying something like this: I expect that when you are in this class, you will have your cell phone completely put away so that it’s not a distraction to you.  If […]

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