Teaching on purpose

My 9 year old is obsessed with soccer right now.  It seems like he’s constantly dribbling a ball around the house, trying new moves to get by his brothers and sister, passing the ball off the walls over and over, and seeing how many times he can juggle the ball without it touching the ground. Continue reading “Teaching on purpose”

Pull, Push, and Nudge

“In the end it’s best to pull whenever you can, push whenever you must, and nudge all the time.”  That’s the closing (and the best) line of an article that someone sent my way this week.  The article is called The Power of Professional Capital – adapted from a book written by two Canadian EducationContinue reading “Pull, Push, and Nudge”

Be More Curious. Take More Risks.

I was recently given an article called “Four (Secret) Keys to Student Engagement.”  I was, of course, excited right away because the title had the words “Secret Keys” and that sounds super cool.  Plus, all teachers want to have students who are more engaged so if these authors had the secret keys to pull thatContinue reading “Be More Curious. Take More Risks.”

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

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 thoughtContinue reading “The End of the Story – Will Ferrell, Jim Stockdale, and Educators”

What’s a Growth Mindset?

“If you started at a school where the teachers were not familiar with the concept of a ‘growth mindset’ how would you introduce the concept?” Someone posed this question to group of educators I’m part of. Growth mindset has been a hot topic in education recently. The concept is simple but profound. People with aContinue reading “What’s a Growth Mindset?”

Get Better

According to Steven Covey, the primary thing that separates great leaders from good leaders is simply “being an individual who can be trusted.” After making this claim, Covey lists and explains 13 behaviors that characterize a leader who can be trusted. When I talked through these high trust behaviors with a group of colleagues thisContinue reading “Get Better”

Values and Stories

I recently read an article written by business management guru Patrick Lencioni called “Make Your Values Mean Something.” Lancioni breaks values into 4 distinct categories in order to distinguish “Core Values” from other types of values that might distract an organization if they are wrongly deemed “Core.” “Core values,” he says, “are the deeply ingrainedContinue reading “Values and Stories”

Esther: Who Knows?The Mystery of God

A sermon at Emmaus in the middle of a series on the Old Testament called A Well Worn Path… So this decree is sent out all across the empire.  Jews everywhere, including Mordecai, are horrified.  And so Mordecai sends word to Esther.  Remember Esther is the closest one to the king and she’s secretly Jewish. Continue reading “Esther: Who Knows?The Mystery of God”

Delivered Again

A sermon at Emmaus in the middle of a series on the Old Testament called “A Well Worn Path…” This outcry of Gideon… it’s the outcry of the broken, the unemployed, the lonely, the sick.  It’s the outcry of one who has faced rejection after rejection.  It’s the outcry of you and me when weContinue reading “Delivered Again”

Ice Cream Before School

It started when I was 4 years old.  My parents would take my sister and me out for ice cream the day before school started.  We’d go to an ice cream shop called Swanson’s.  I’d look over all of the flavors pretending to have a difficult time making a decision (Everyone in my family knewContinue reading “Ice Cream Before School”