Put your cell phones away

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.  IfContinue reading “Put your cell phones away”

Just turn the controller around

I took my 6 year old to the dentist last week.  As soon as he walked in the waiting room, I could tell that he was far more excited than he should be at the dentist – no offense to dentists.  His eyes got wide and he marched directly across the room to a videoContinue reading “Just turn the controller around”

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 outContinue reading “Pay Attention, Daddy”

A Birthday Date at the Coolest Playground in the World

For our kids’ birthdays, Morgan and I always give them a special date with us (just us – no brothers or sisters).  Bracken turned 6 this month and for his special date, we took him to what I now consider the coolest playground in the world.  I’m not exaggerating.  It’s called The Berkeley Adventure PlaygroundContinue reading “A Birthday Date at the Coolest Playground in the World”

It’s good to be loved by your neighbor

My neighbor (who also happens to be my father-in-law) made my day twice yesterday.  When I stopped by my house between school and back to school night, I saw that our lawn (which I have been neglecting for the last 2+ weeks) had been mowed.  This is no small feat, as we’ve got a bigContinue reading “It’s good to be loved by your neighbor”

You can do that!

This was a welcome speech given to freshmen at Georgia Tech this week.  I’m considering doing something similar for back to school night on Monday.  Instead of “changing the world and building an Iron Man suit,” I might crescendo with “Do you want to check your student’s grades and missing assignments?  You’re at Del Oro…Continue reading “You can do that!”

Here’s what happened this summer

Today marks the end of my first summer as a teacher.  It was a fantastic and full summer.  Not that you asked, but here are some of the highlights: Del Oro’s Graduation made national news so we had to do it again a few days later.  It turned out to be a good experience forContinue reading “Here’s what happened this summer”

Having something to say

I can’t remember where I heard it.  It was a few years ago when someone I trusted (but can’t seem to remember) said something like, “There’s a difference between having to say something and having something to say.”  I’m not sure if it was related to teaching (I was taking classes for my credential atContinue reading “Having something to say”

Parkway Half Marathon Race Report

It was my 5th year running the Parkway Half Marathon and despite the heat, it turned out to be a good day for running.  The course follows the water on the American River Trail from William Pond Park in Carmichael down past Sac State and back up basically the same path.  In past years, I’mContinue reading “Parkway Half Marathon Race Report”