I am a middle school teacher and school leader. So it goes without saying that I have a bias towards developing the brain during the “tweenage” years, of from about 11 to 15 years old. These years serve as a critical pivot point between growth and fixed mindsets. Those involved with this age group recognize... Continue Reading →
I have written about the power of failure in a post a few months back. As I do more research on how failing impacts the brain, I have come to discover the value in forced failure and the idea that taking on a challenge without preparation (like a pre-test) can prime the brain to better tackle... Continue Reading →
Am I OK? A friend of mine posted this video on his Facebook feed earlier this week. I found the comments intriguing, so I watched it. With tears brimming over, I smiled my way through the duration of the piece. The way each of these young people present themselves in the video is genuine, inspiring,... Continue Reading →
Re-posting of the newsletter article that I wrote for our school newsletter: In the Fall 2015 issue of Independent School Magazine, Dr. Lisa Miller, director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College (Columbia University), wrote “Education for the Heart and Mind: The Science of Spirituality Informs a New Developmental Model.” The article extends the... Continue Reading →
A note from my study this morning. Here is a sobering truth to Thanksgiving: “We cannot resent undeserved favor in someone else’s life if we’re going to welcome it in our own.” May today be full of undeserved favor in your life and all those around you. Happy Thanksgiving.