I got back late yesterday from Dallas where I attended AVID Summer Institute. I’ve attended Summer Institute more times than I can remember in the last 13 years, so to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t pumped about going. I’d been there, heard it and gotten tshirts, so I wasn’t sure I was going to benefit…Read more We do what we’re set up to do – no more and no less.
I remember the day fairly strongly even though I was around 8 or 9 years old. My aunt was taking me to the movies, and to the best of my recollection, this is the only one she took my cousins and me to. We went to see Oliver!, a re-release prior to the rise of…Read more A promise delayed or a promise broken?
There’s a controversy in my state. It’s all over the news reports on each television station with reporters getting comments from both those directly involved and those on the periphery. Social media is blowing up with posts from those incensed from injustice as well as those who justify where we find ourselves. It is affecting…Read more Who is in and who is out?
This is part of a message that I shared with staff last Friday. It is not intended to be political in nature although I am certain some are ready to demand specific political actions. It is not to be intended to be dismissive of the enormous pain and suffering people are feeling both in Florida…Read more The urgent need to lean in
Punxsutawney Phil broke the news to us that winter isn't over, and the photographs and news stories so far this morning have demonstrated that reality for much of the country. In my city, the temperature was in the upper 60's yesterday, yet today there are winter weather advisories for much of the area. As an…Read more How do you remember your why?
Although I never read the book by H. G. Wells, I loved watching old movies and newer remakes of The Invisible Man. I remember growing up one of the local TV stations ran an afternoon matinee on Sundays of science fiction and horror movies, and I remember "watching" Claude Rains in that role in the…Read more It’s there whether you see it or not
Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a learning tour through the National School Board Association's Education Technology Site Visit hosted by the Greenville County Schools in Greenville, South Carolina. I was part of a team of educators from my home district and as we listened, observed, walked and talked, we were inspired to…Read more What words are you living by?
We've heard the saying and probably uttered it often, that there's no need to reinvent the wheel. We know many inventors and their creations like the Wright brothers and the first airflight, Alexander Graham Bell and the telephone, and even Benjamin Franklin and bifocals. We have no records on who invented the wheel, yet we realize how…Read more Do it for the connections
I can't lie. There are days I absolutely hate my job. Before armchair quarterbacks, soothsayers and prognosticators try to psychoanalyze me, I'll tell you. It's not because of a person. It's not because of an incident. It's because the emperor wears no clothes. I don't know why this memory has stuck with me, but in…Read more The Emperor is Buck Naked
I'm so blessed to be called into the arena of education. These are some of the blessings I see for those who are also on the team. Blessed are those who teach because they are the guardians of the past, the keepers of the present and the inventors of the future. Blessed are the…Read more Beatitudes for educators