Improv & the Innovative Mindset: a SXSWEdu Workshop

I make things up. We all do. Typically, I make things up to entertain my students. I tell them stories of my four-year-old arguing immigration policy with our server at the local wings joint and of our assistant principal wrestling Continue reading Improv & the Innovative Mindset: a SXSWEdu Workshop

Accept, Communicate, Trust: Building School Culture Through Improv

Accept, Communicate, Trust: Building School Culture Through Improv It isn’t about being funny. Even if not on stage, students and educators are always improvising, making things up as we go. Photo by Joni James Having directed, performed, and studied improv Continue reading Accept, Communicate, Trust: Building School Culture Through Improv

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