Why Not Knowing What’s Next Can Make You Crazy

Inside your head and mine is a prediction machine that doesn’t respond well to ambiguity and uncertainty. Our brains. Neurologically, we like shaking a wrapped present because we enjoy making little predictions. But put a larger amount of guesswork into the mix and our limbic system kicks in, elevating our sense of things being wrong.... Continue Reading →

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Three essential responses to Trump that will change the world (or at least your part of it)

Charlottesville snapped something inside me. It wasn’t just the faces of those white guys carrying torches that were young enough to have sat inside one of my classrooms. It wasn’t just the video of a man driving his car into protestors where a girl almost the same age as my daughter was killed. It was... Continue Reading →

Meeting Betsy DeVos & Why You Should Meet With Those Who Bug You

What you need to know first is that there was little to no drama in my meeting with Betsy DeVos on July 11. For some, that’s a major disappointment. They want — and I’m sympathetic to this desire — confrontation and vindication. Considering the suffering and potential suffering wrought by this Secretary and the Trump... Continue Reading →

What If We’re Designing for Disengagement?

A favorite opening question of mine in professional development workshops is: What do you struggle with the most as a teacher? The answers are almost always: 1. Students’ lack of motivation 2. Students don’t value education 3. Parents aren’t supportive 4. Students don’t believe in themselves 5. Technology distracts students These comments are not facts,... Continue Reading →

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