Friday was a tough day. I had a long list of things to do -- things I had carefully arranged on my calendar to be certain they would all be completed. The day began as planned, with the final session of a book study on The Happiness Advantage with a small group of staff members. … Continue reading 5 Reasonable Ways to Begin to Address Childhood Trauma
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?