Photo by CDC on Pexels.com Years ago, I was a science teacher. One weekend I was with my wife at one of our local shopping malls, walking between stores in the main concourse. I'm not a big fan of malls, big box stores, or other places with lots of people so I was carefully scanning … Continue reading Saints and Demons: Teaching in the Age of COVID
The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. - Coretta Scott King Yesterday morning, I did a quick check of my school email and noticed a message from the owner of a local pizza place, Fire and Brimstone. "Hi Jeff, today we’re going to be donating all … Continue reading Community is the Answer
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. - Goethe While I often refer to this quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as one of my favorites, it is also personally convicting. For me, the struggle doesn't necessarily lie in doing things that matter, but in determining … Continue reading The Long Road to What Matters Most
It would be a gross understatement to say that the last month has been a challenging time in our country and our world. We can be grateful if the only impact the virus has had on us is a disruption to our daily routines. So many people have suffered through illness, job loss, and the … Continue reading We Belong to Each Other
Years ago I ran across this political cartoon by David Fitzsimmons, published in the Arizona Daily Star. At the time, I remember thinking "This guy gets it." The "it" being public education. I wrote him a quick note and asked for permission to use his work in a blog post. He gave me his blessing … Continue reading The Seating Chart that Shouldn’t Be
I am exhausted. I've spent the last week and a half trying to "catch-up" and put myself in a position where I feel like I am able to return to school after fall break and avoid feeling overwhelmed. I'm not caught up, but I'm not buried either. So how did I get myself into this … Continue reading Reading. Riting. Rithmetic.
Too often I find myself looking at the coming week and creating a plan to survive. That isn't a great mindset for beginning a week. So, lately, I have been making an effort to determine how I can set-up my week for success and actually thrive -- instead of just surviving. Here are a few … Continue reading A Weekly Guide to Thrive
One of the great things about working at a junior high school is that kids are generally pretty happy people -- and happiness is contagious. I find that when I am feeling stressed, or overwhelmed, a short walk across campus is often the cure. On these walks, I am typically greeted with a chorus of … Continue reading Kindness: We Can Do Better