May is the ‘winner’ of the busiest month award for everyone in the education world as far as I’m concerned. So, how do we mange this? How do we push through to the end of the year as to not limp across the finish line, but to run all the way through it?Read more "Leave a great LAST impression: How to run through the finish line at the end of the school year"
When I recently asked my wife if I talk too much or if I’m becoming “that person” (you know that person, AKA: The human rain delay) she said “Yeah, sometimes.” (that’s why I love her, really) So what I’m about to write and try to do is going to be a struggle.Read more "One simple goal for the 2017-2018 School year: Avoid being a human rain delay!"
This past week I had the opportunity to present four education sessions at the MTA (Massachusetts Teachers Association) summer conference at UMASS in Amherst, MA. When I present at conferences I try to stick to themes and ideas and create ‘what can teachers/administrators use immediately’ types of sessions. I know as an educator, those types of sessions, articles and […]Read more "I’m sick of theory too!"
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 […]Read more "Learning from the embarrassment of a lifetime"
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 […]Read more "Stop Paralyzing Creativity by being a lone wolf!"
A number of years ago I started playing music before my students walk into my high school classroom, just to alleviate the awkwardness and angst that is sometimes associated with walking into class on the first day. Over the years, I have now continued to use it before every class, every day. When I go […]Read more "Music Will Change Your Classroom"