Monthly Archives: February 2013

Little Notes–Big Connections

Getting notes from my students is absolutely one of my favorite things, a lovely and precious job perk. Because I teach and preach the power of writing all day long, it makes me giddy when students choose to open up their hearts and put their appreciation into words.

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How do you feel about onions?

In the past 10 years my relationship with the onion has blossomed, but not on a culinary level. I have begun to realize that an onion is arguably the most effective metaphor for reaching a deeper understanding about some of the complex challenges in teaching and learning. Continue reading

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Keeping the Funny When Nothing is Funny

For educators, however, it seems like time can make laughter drift out of reach; the results can be devastating. To be sure, a small bit of stress is actually good for us. Stress, in moderate amounts, allows us to focus and remain productive. And human beings highly value productivity. Getting stuff done, especially stuff we like doing, creates a release of Dopamine in the brain. This pleasure hormone is what feeds our feelings of satisfaction. So work is not all bad, it just depends on how we balance it with play.

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What makes a great educator?

What makes a great educator? Someone who takes time out of their day to explain for what seems the two hundredth time a concept to a student and does so with patience. Continue reading

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