Friday, October 31, 2014


It's the last day of October. The weather has turned chilly and winds are blowing in a different direction.  It seems like a good time for introspection.  Things are changing. There's a leaving behind of the old and an embracing of the new.  Life goes on and time marches by.  What wisdom is there in this?  I like the old song by The Birds (originally from the Bible) that helps us pull over for a minute and reflect.  It's healthy and normal to continue to move on and it's okay that there's something different in each season of life.  Embrace them all and don't merely exist, but truly live.  Live thoughtfully and mindfully and with true intention.

To everything 
There is a season 
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Placing a Demand on Our Gifts

Here's the thing about collaboration.  It's not about teamwork so we can check "collaboration" off our list of "things good teachers do."  It's about placing a demand on the gifts, talents, and understandings other people have.  It's about recognizing what's in a colleague and saying, "I need that.  Will you help me get better at that?"  When I place a demand on your gifts it's not only for me.  It's for you, too.  It says that I believe you have something valuable and worthwhile I can learn from you and it forces you to dig deep to be that resource I need.  It empowers you to grow more in that gift you have.  It's a reminder to us all that, as the poet John Donne said, " No man is an island, entire of itself, everyman is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."