True story: Frank had paid the extra 12 dollars to buy one of the first 15 positions on his Southwest flight from Chicago to Oakland. His boarding pass read A10, and consequently he was one of the first people on the plane. He selected an aisle seat six rows back, put his rollerbag in the overhead compartment, put his backpack on his seat, carefully placed his half-empty latte behind it on the seat and went to the back of the plane to use the bathroom.
When he got back, he couldn’t believe his eyes. A woman was sitting in his seat and his backpack and drink were in the middle seat next to it. This was especially surprising since there were still plenty of other isle seats available on the plane. Frank was shocked and furious at this transgression. “Bully!” he said to himself.
What’s the relationship between standardized testing and the aims of education?
Just before spring vacation Alex and Dylan saw me in the hallway outside their classroom. “Mr. Rick, Can we make an appointment to see you?” they asked almost in unison. We settled on two o’clock that afternoon. Read More…
Today is Groundhog Day, but ever since I saw the movie “Groundhog Day,” February 2 is not so much about 6 more weeks of winter as the wonderful gift we have each been given to reinvent ourselves.
We all get comfortable with the way we are, even if the way we are doesn’t work so well for us. In the movie, Bill Murray’s character gets stuck in February 2. Once he realizes he is trapped in himself, he begins to grow, change and transform himself into a much happier person. The spell is finally broken. A must-see for all parents and other educators. One of my top five movies.
The only self we really want to be is our genius-self. All other selves must go.
At school at 6:30 this morning I did something that received the response: “No Authority.” That I had done it successfully a hundred times in the past half year didn’t matter. Soon an alarm would go off and all you-know-what would break loose…all because I had “No Authority.” Read More…
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile –Albert Einstein
Last year, Yasmin climbed to the top of a thirty-foot tower and rang the bell. Her partner Violet got halfway up and stopped. It was hard, and she didn’t want to push on. But Yasmin, her challenge met, didn’t climb back down. Instead she talked to Violet encouraging her to keep going. And Violet did. She started climbing again, climbed up to where Yasmin was waiting for her and rang the bell. The two 10-year-olds came down together. Read More…
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
Yesterday at 8:26AM, I stepped away from my job of shaking hands and greeting incoming students at the front door of the school to talk to a student in the hallway. When I returned to my post one minute later I found Isabel and Isabella, two fifth-graders, standing where I had been standing, shaking hands, smiling and saying good morning to the students as they came into school. Read More…
Yesterday Jasmine (grade six) and Aymani (grade 4) were sitting together editing each other’s papers. Shelby (grade six), who was sitting nearby overheard them wrestling with the problem of how to indicate to each other the things that needed fixing. She said, “There were signs you can use.” Read More…
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The Genius in Every Child
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– Robert Evans, Ed.D., clinical and organizational psychologist and author of Family Matters