December 14 , 2016 /

AN UNEXPECTED GIFT

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

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May 3 , 2016 /

WHY WE TEACH

  “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

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April 11 , 2016 /

SCHOOLS and the ” REAL WORLD”

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

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February 6 , 2016 /

MAKING A CASE FOR THE BRIDGE YEAR

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. 

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January 25 , 2016 /

A GENIUS IN DESIGN, ENGINEERING and CONSTRUCTION

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

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January 20 , 2016 /

THREE BIG CHALLENGES IN TEAM LEADERSHIP

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

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