Taken from "10 Secrets To Empowering Teen Leaders," this one demands you take them seriously. Once you do that, you’ll get only their best work I’ve been reflecting lately. How does a teacher empower young people to grow into leaders? … [Read more...] about Secret #1: Take their ideas seriously.
One of the hardest lessons I had to learn as a teacher is this: perception is everything This blog continues “‘Dead Poets Society’: 10 rules to follow in order to achieve long-term success (Pt. 2).” I DON'T KNOW what caused me to speak so … [Read more...] about ‘Dead Poets Society’: 10 rules NOT to follow if you wish to survive teaching (Pt. 3)
I'M IN THE middle of the Pennsylvania countryside, not far from Lancaster. It’s July, and fields of bright green corn line the winding roads. My grandfather has finally died at the age of 96, and I’m driving to his funeral to honor him. I’m … [Read more...] about Alice Aspen March: The right kind of attention
WHENEVER WE APPROACH this time of year, I think of my first-grade classroom at Thanksgiving. The careful decorations, colorful construction paper cut into orange pumpkins bursting open, that Horn of Plenty with colorful fruit and fall vegetables … [Read more...] about Edna Sommers: “She was a mother to us all.”
RECENTLY, I DISCOVERED I am the same age as Quentin Tarantino. Truly. There are so many similarities between us. For example, the year I turned 50, he turned 50. He used to run a video store, and I used to run to the video store. Before I moved to … [Read more...] about Tom Rickman: How NOT to write a screenplay