Another Reason to Take Pride in My School

When I started teaching at Mt. Blue sixteen years ago, it was a great place to get a solid education.  It was a great place to play sports and perform on the stage.  It was a great place to attend Continue reading Another Reason to Take Pride in My School

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