Category Archives: Imperfection

To Get Results, Schools Must be in the Friendship Business

Father: “It is so hard to get the kids out of the house in the morning, Freda and Matt keep fighting. This sibling rivalry is driving me crazy, but I don’t want them to be late to school.” Advice from … Continue reading

Posted in Achievement, Brain Development, Challenge, Character, Children, Collaboration, Conflict and Issues, Creativity, decision-making, Education, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Excellence, Genius, Imperfection, Learning community, Montessori Education, parenting, Play, Responsibility, School Culture, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Social Responsibility, Success, Teaching, Thoughtfulness | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Address Behavior Problems with Accurate Feedback (and don’t stop)

Several days ago my three-year-old grandson launched into an ebullient riff that went something like: “I am grateful for this soup. I am grateful for the goats. I am grateful for Papa being here. I am grateful for planting the … Continue reading

Posted in Authority, Brain Development, bribery, Challenge, Character, Children, decision-making, Education, Fun, Genius, Imperfection, Mistakes, parenting, Praise, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Self-esteem, Social Responsibility, Teaching, terrible two's | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Justice and Bullying

on the seat of justice In a bit of a rage, a teacher brought a kindergartner to my office saying, “Francis has been disrespectful to me, but I don’t have time to deal with it now. I have to get … Continue reading

Posted in Anger, Authority, bullying, Challenge, Character, Children, Conflict and Issues, Creativity, decision-making, Discipline, Disobedience, Diversity, Education, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Failure, Genius, Imperfection, Justice, Leadership, Learning community, Mistakes, Parent-Teacher Partnerships, parenting, Respect, Responsibility, School Reform, Self-Actualization, Social Responsibility, Stress, Teaching, violence | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Do Children Start Out Good or Bad? Our Answer Matters.

“Ricky, you are not yourself, today,” my mother used to say when I was, well, shall we say, socially irresponsible. I was a difficult child. My mother even said so in the last few days we were together before she … Continue reading

Posted in Anger, Anxiety, Authority, Brain Development, bullying, Character, Children, Conflict and Issues, decision-making, Discipline, Education, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Forgiveness, Genius, Imperfection, Integrity, Leadership, Learning community, Mistakes, parenting, Praise, Resilience, Respect, Responsibility, School Reform, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Self-esteem, Social Responsibility, Teaching, terrible two's, Thoughtfulness | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Collective Genius

Early in my first year as principal I found myself sitting across the table from a clean-cut, successful looking lawyer/parent who had put his daughter into the second grade of my school a month ago. As soon as we returned … Continue reading

Posted in Anger, Anxiety, bullying, Children, Conflict and Issues, Discipline, Education, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Genius, Imperfection, Inspiration, Integrity, Leadership, Learning community, Learning Disability, Mistakes, Parent-Teacher Partnerships, parent/teacher conference, parenting, Respect, Social Responsibility, Success | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments