For the past several weeks, I have been sending the following email to my teaching staff. I call it, my office opt out. If you would like some principal assistance, I have the following openings available for this week: [this is followed by specific dates and class periods] I am willing to: Give (or monitor) … Continue reading What I Learned By Opting Out of My Office
I love cross-country. You know, the sport where you run off-road, up hills, and around trees. I was an average cross-country runner in high school, but I learned a lot from the sport and really enjoy my teammates and camaraderie. Here is a link to article that does a pretty good job explaining some of … Continue reading What If We Are Only As Good As Our Fifth Runner?
I love reading and collecting quotes that challenge my thinking and lend a new perspective to how I approach my work and interactions with others. Someone recently asked me about inspirational quotes I've encountered so I decided to turn the compilation into a quick blog post. Here are a few of my favorite quotes … Continue reading 11 inspirational Quotes for Educators (and Social Good)
It is, perhaps, the most effective tool for positive change that we all possess. A limitless resource, yet we often ration as if it were a scarce commodity.Used at the right time, it has the power to be the difference between "I quit" and "I'll keep trying." The application of one or two words (or a … Continue reading Free, but Priceless
If you have a passion for working with the poor and the marginalized -- or if you just want to develop a better understanding of the trauma of poverty -- you must read Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Father Greg Boyle. In his book, Father Boyle chronicles his years … Continue reading Boundless Compassion
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. - Mother Teresa In his book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Father Greg Boyle describes several individual interactions with young gang members who, when asked a direct question, respond with, "Who? Me?" At first … Continue reading Who? Me?
All human beings have immeasurable value. Treat everyone you meet with this in mind. It's a pretty simple concept, but the execution can be extremely challenging. There are no exceptions to the rule of value. Infinite worth is not limited to those we agree with, people who are friendly to us, people who look like … Continue reading A Simple Plan to Improve the World