Most people cannot project with much clarity or certainty what their future is going to be like without work, without a job, although many dream of that day. The big exception is people who through no fault of theirs, lose their job. Some make it, some don’t, but that is not what this is about.
Who knew that Tuesday, April 4, is National Healthy Schools Day? I heard it on CBS Sunday morning news on April 2 and rather soon thereafter sat down to offer up these thoughts. Since I spent the majority of my career working with schools, especially quite a few of the 130,000 K-12 schools in the
Many of us go about our work without being concerned about the rewards of what we do. We have chosen a profession (or been chosen by it because it called to us) of serving others. What we do is because of who we are and not that who we are is defined by what we
“Teaching may be the greatest of the arts because the medium is the human mind and spirit.” John Steinbeck The original occasion for this piece was a gathering of thirty outstanding teachers from all over the United States. They had been accorded that status by their district, county or state or in a few
Schools are already in the “real” world. They just aren’t taking advantage of their external environments in creative and contemporary ways. Instead they are still using old models for new learning. Put new wine into old wine skins and what happens? They burst, wasting the wine. Too much energy, time and resources have been spent
Most educators, and parents, know about the concept and practice of a gap year. Often that year is taken between high school and college but not necessarily then. It could be a junior or senior year abroad in either high school or college or it could be between the freshman and sophomore year of college.
I watched two garden spiders yesterday, connected by the same web, work their magic. I sat there in amazement as they worked to restore and expand their web, eat or store a few insects along the way that had given the signal of their arrival. You have no doubt seen a spider scamper across a
When these conditions are present to any significant degree, you and your team will definitely be blocked from being effective and productive. These three obstacles are closely related through a common factor that, if dealt with separately, could resolve all three. That common factor is FEAR. Patrick Lencioni and Kensuke Okabayashi only use the word
I was leveraged into a position of leadership in 1962 upon graduation from the first of two graduate school experiences and after a 50-year career, here are a few lessons I learned along the way. The lifelong learning piece is further documented in my book, Seven Decades: A Learning Memoir (2013) a brief collection of