Straight White Male

When a student is struggling with their sexuality or gender, I don’t know what to tell them. When an African American student struggles with society’s treatment of people of color, I don’t have an answer. When an autistic student is easily frustrated or acts out, I don’t often know how to help them. When I […]

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Afraid of Feedback

Do we not ask for feedback because we are afraid of what we might hear? When I taught in the classroom, I did end of term surveys almost every year. In my new role in the Learning Commons, I regularly seek formal and informal feedback from students and teachers. That feedback is what I use […]

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Out of the Classroom but Still Relevant

In a previous post, I outlined what I thought was a real problem with individuals who are out of the classroom and therefore out of touch with the realities of the classroom. My concern was individuals who are not teaching and yet dictating best practice models or strategies for classroom teachers. Even with the best […]

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Out of the Classroom and Out of Touch

If you don’t teach in a classroom, you are out of touch with what classroom teachers are dealing with. This is a statement people will argue over and defend on both sides. Consultants will charge you obscene amounts of money to come in and tell you how to do a job they have not done […]

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Learning Sweet Spot

Last week I was able to get a Carbide3D Nomad 883 Pro Desktop CNC Mill for the great folks at Carbide 3D. I wanted to put the full title to make it sound extra fancy. Simply put, it is a machine I can send a file to and it will carve it out of wood, metal […]

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Mandated Making

Makerspaces are showing up in schools, classrooms, and libraries around the world. Personally, I think it is great to see this movement taking hold. In some cases, I see it as a push back to the standardization of schools and over-reliance on a canned curriculum. I love when a student stops by our school’s makerspace […]

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Graduation Speech

This was originally posted nearly 8 years ago when my son was “graduating” preschool and moving to the big, bad elementary school. As I reread it, I felt compelled to reshare it as I fear much of it still rings true with me as a parent and as an educator. Good afternoon friends, families, and […]

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