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Developing a Community: Human Candy Canes and Canned Christmas Trees

On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.  ~Adlai E. Stevenson I grew up in a very small town in central Kansas.  The majority of students in my kindergarten class, were also in my graduating class (of 23).  My elementary, middle and high school all shared the same name–St. John.  By the … Continue reading

A Soft Heart for Challenging Students

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. ~ C. S. Lewis We have all had them in class, or seen them in the office.  They challenge our authority, push the limits of acceptable behavior, try our patience and are actively (or passively) defiant.  These kids are … Continue reading

10 Second Delay: Two Questions to Guide Decisions

Imagine the possibilities, if–like live radio–we could operate on a ten second delay.  It would give us the decision making opportunity to ponder two critical questions that could dramatically impact our educational practices. What is my purpose? Does my purpose serve the best interest of students? If there is not a clear answer to the … Continue reading

Changing the World: One Act of Kindness at a Time

Empathy. You won’t find it explicitly written into core curriculum. It’s not on standardized tests and it isn’t a graduation requirement, but…if we hope to develop a generation of learners who are capable of solving the problems of our world, we need to teach our kids empathy. What better time to emphasize compassion in our … Continue reading