I remember running my 14th Marathon in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I finished, but it was one of my worst experiences running. There was nothing out of the ordinary that happened that day, and honestly, I cannot blame too many things on the race. I thought about quitting a few times. Even though I had run … More What if You Were Really Honest?
Confidence comes from doing the Tough Stuff. Ahhh, the moment when you reach in the jar, and pull out a freshly baked, chocolate chip cookie. The cookie jar is an iconic item that sits on the kitchen counter in several homes. Often times, kids cannot wait to be given the opportunity to be able … More Finding Confidence in the Cookie Jar
A look at What Actually Worked for Me Reading is one of those things that I go to the wall on. Growing up, reading was something I struggled with. As a teacher, I see how critical it is to overall success as a student. Today, one of the reasons my life is so incredibly rich … More 7 Ways to Get Kids Reading
Have you ever laughed so hard you cried? Can you remember the last time your eyes were soaked with tears because you were in a conversation that brought you so much joy? I am not sure I can remember what I was talking about each of these times, but what I can remember is how … More Space for Joy
How Setting Short Term Goals Motivate Me To Achieve More One of the important things you can discover about yourself is how you learn, and what motivates you. I can still remember a powerful conversation as I sat in anatomy and physiology class after I had been teaching a number of years. The student next … More The Epic Summer Bucket List
Looking at the Non-Negotiables Inspired me to Reach for More Last week Jennifer Hogan wrote a post about Non-negotiables for schools and challenged readers to articulate non-negotiables for their schools. The more I thought about it, I was eager to look at non-negotiables for several areas. I started out by brainstorming a list of non-negotiables for my … More The No Matter Whats in my Family Classroom and School
Words Matter. They become part of our story. There was a time when I was afraid to give a compliment. I was uncertain about how it would be received, and I wasn’t sure what would happen if I gave someone else (who at many times was my competition), words of encouragement. There are too many … More Give the Compliment