This Sunday, I’m going for a bike ride. Who cares, right? Well, it’s my first bike ride since last Sunday, and here’s why it’s a big deal… I have never “done nothing well.” Or at least that is what I have always told myself. I started cycling about 12 years ago, but last May (2021), […]
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We are now role modeling for young men (and old) that you can speak at a female voice in any manner whatsoever and she will immediately respond to your request regardless of how speak to her! NOT OK… We have plenty of young men who already have enough poor role modeling of how to treat women in their lives, we don’t need an AI to help with that cause.
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A number of years ago, when my professional speaking business had really started growing and I was feeling A LOT too good about how awesome I was at speaking, I had, to this day, one of the most embarrassing, poorly prepared and humbling moments of my entire life; let alone my speaking work. I was […]
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Tomorrow I am presenting at a New Hampshire teachers conference in Concord, NH. I have been prepping for this event and I am thrilled to be able to be there. Also, I am working toward my professional development goals and it has made me really be reflective about my PD (professional development) and what I […]
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My friend Sarah Kurtz McKinnon and I just wrote a book together! Not The Way You Have Always Done It: A Book of Camp Tips and Tricks. It took us only 8 months. We have known each other for less than a year. Sarah is beginning her career in the professional speaking and camp consulting business, but […]
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This is the time of year in education when some teachers, colleagues, maybe some of your friends are getting fired. You might be getting fired. I hope not, but someone reading this potentially could be. Total transparency. I have been fired more than once in my life in education. The first time was around this […]
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The month of March in most public schools in the region I teach in (New England) can be an incredibly difficult time to teach. Unlike many parts of the United States, we don’t have an official “Spring Break.” We have one week off in for February Vacation and one week off for April Vacation. Link […]
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I feel so lucky to teach in a school district where I work with some of the best people, professionals and friends I could possibly imagine. However, establishing that relationship doesn’t just happen, it takes a lot of work. It takes a great deal of putting yourself out there to colleagues and making yourself somewhat […]
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A few years ago I started using the Remind App with all of my classes. Needless to say it has been a game changer in my teaching career. As most of us know, texting is the easiest, fastest and most effective way to communicate in 2017, particularly with middle and high school students. Other than […]
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