Keeping It Simple: A New Year Begins

IT BEGINS. My ninth graders land a few scant hours from now.  They will be pie-eyed and bushy-tailed and full of mirth and whimsy.  They will be jaded and broken and waiting for someone, anyone, to let them out of Continue reading Keeping It Simple: A New Year Begins

COMMUNICATE: Clarity & Precision Over Coy & Clever

I’ve tremendous coy guilt. At least once a performance with Teachers Lounge Mafia, I throw out an offer that my scene partner has to distill, interpret and essentially guess at just what the heck it is I am suggesting. Me: Continue reading COMMUNICATE: Clarity & Precision Over Coy & Clever

Communicate: Listen. It’s the Best Way to Be Heard

COMMUNICATE: Listen. Often the best way for your voice to be heard is to show others you are hearing theirs. Do you want to be heard?  Sure.  We all do.  We have ideas and notions that want audience.  We have Continue reading Communicate: Listen. It’s the Best Way to Be Heard

TRUST: Good People Are Easy to Find

Good people are easy to find. If we believe in the inherent goodness of people, if we trust others will be there to help us when we stumble or struggle or just plain goof up, then they will be. The Continue reading TRUST: Good People Are Easy to Find