Monthly Archives: December 2013

(#188) A Blogger’s Retrospective: 2013 in Review


  In May of 2010 I made the decision to begin my first blog. I had 3 goals: Experience a new (for me) aspect of social media Develop and flesh out new ideas Provide something of value—not just another cyber rant. I believe … Continue reading

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(#187) Teacher Evaluation: I’m Not A Plumber for a Good Reason (Part 2)


I am not defending poor teaching. Far from it. I don’t want the lazy or incompetent or worse in my calling. But do evaluations need to be geared to the lowest common denominator? Last week I wrote about poorly-conceived and … Continue reading

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(#186) Teacher Evaluation: I’m Not A Plumber For A Good Reason!


Just because everyone at one time or another has been in a classroom as a student, that does not make them effective teachers or evaluators. Heck, I use toilets many times each day. That does not make me a plumber! … Continue reading

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(#185) Who Should Really Get Off The Bus?


If leaders cannot encourage and support open debate— even when it questions the direction of the bus—maybe they should get off the bus. In his best seller, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t, Jim Collins … Continue reading

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(#184) Gratitude: Appreciating Wonder


Life is one choice after another. Why not choose gratitude? The rewards are wonderful. Before class this past Wednesday (day before Thanksgiving) I took out a piece of paper and wrote “Thankful for…” across the top. In a short time, … Continue reading

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