You may say I’m a dreamer

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I dream a lot. I dream whole conversations in my head. I dream new ideas and innovate on old ones. I dream in technicolor. I dream weird stuff and cool stuff and crazy stuff and scary stuff, too. I dream when I sleep, and I dream when I am awake. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I bet you are, too. I have been thinking a lot these days about how the dreamers in my life have made such a profound difference [...]

November 17th, 2017|

Making a mark (punctuation that is) …

I love teaching writing more than anything on earth. I love to write. But, I hate revising and editing my own work. I misuse ellipses… (like that). I am famous for incomplete sentences. Like this one. I want writing to have voice and for my writing to have my voice. Can you hear me now? I know that how I vary my sentences and punctuate my thoughts is a way to help create voice. So, it got me thinking about our work as educators. We punctuate learning every day, and each of us does it in our own unique way. [...]

November 6th, 2017|

Why Not?

I was a kid when I heard Robert Kennedy say, “Some see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” Those words were lofty, audacious, challenging, hopeful, and enduring. Why not? My friend, Sandra Ellington, often responds to those who explain to her why something they haven’t tried won’t work with the simple phrase, “But what if it does?” I love her for that. Although we are committed to understanding the WHY (as we should), often times that is the call from our safest zone – from a decision made [...]

October 24th, 2017|

Boxes and Toilet Tissue Rolls

I love being an uncle, and I have the coolest nieces and nephews on the earth. They teach me so much about life and school and learning and teachers. I have learned their homework hacks, tried to keep up with them on not-for-old-people social media, and scooby-dooed their approaches to problem solving. I remember when they were little kids opening gifts. They got awesome gifts (because I was in “awesome uncle” training), but it didn’t take me long to realize they loved the box as much – or more – than the gift. Have you ever watched a kid play [...]

October 16th, 2017|