September 3, 2019

I began today--the last day of summer break, with an early morning run. It wasn’t a run like I used to have before my accident, but I am coming to accept that it is what I will have--and so I value it. It’s 5 am and I’m spending that run thinking about you. Why, when I...

October 9, 2017

Children love to question.  But, recently I’ve experienced the antithesis--children who said they knew the answer to their questions.  Was this the result of The Google Generation--was inquiry essentially being changed by the tools we have at our fingertips?  Inquiry i...

When our dynamic world is in flux, it is easy to allow challenges to overwhelm us, causing us to turn away from finding solutions. It is also easy to allow opposing views over social and economic issues to divide us.

What happens to children growing up in this increasin...

Everyone seems to be recognizing the necessity of alignment and clarity.  Educational movements, these turning points in reform, always come with a certain amount of conflict, confusion, and even a lack of organization and focus.  A recent article in Vanderbilt’s...

Welcome!  I invite you "own the call" and become part my journey--to engage in conversation and collaboration. This is a previously published post, but I recreate it here to remind myself of my purpose and re-center myself 

Light Bulb II, Jasper Johns (19...

November 4, 2016

I went back to some college reading the other day with David Hyerle on my mind.  You see, visualizing one's thinking isn't anything new. Back in the 90's Hyerle wrote Thinking Maps: Tools for Learning.  But, it's been more than a few years now (ok, many years!) th...

September 12, 2013

One week until school starts and I'm slowly ticking tasks off my "to do" list. One task was to look into classroom "rewards"-activities that celebrate appropriate social and school behavior. My goal is to keep it cooperative and not competitive-recognizing our missteps...

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and places to pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to the body and soul."  John Muir, The Yosemite

A few years ago, I came upon a dilemma: the local nature center that we took our students...

January 1, 2013

Perhaps it is the season--the long nights lend themselves to reflection, and the onset of the new year offers always the opportunity to look back and take stock of one’s goals and accomplishments.  As always, I find much to see, much to consider, much from which to lea...

Skype in the Midst of War

 by Chris Henke Mueller and Dominic Inouye

It is 9:30 at night--on a Friday. The beginning of the weekend when teachers and students head home to unwind, but on this night 16 students returned to school to deepen a conversation.

Seven thousand mi...

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