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Back seat drivers

When you say "children must drive their own learning," do you mean that they must take the wheel of the car and go where they please? Or do you mean they get to drive while others tell them where to go? Because, as a driver, that second one is really annoying.

Fat man running

I’m learning that there’s something about a fat man running that makes people want to stop and say nice things--even though there is zero concrete evidence on the scale or in my clothes sizes that I’ve “lost so much weight” or “look so good.” But this has made me realize something: do the hard thing and people will get behind you. I don’t doubt the sincerity of the people I see regularly when running with my dog on the sidewalk. Either they’re simply being nice or they really see what they see, in spite of the story my pants tell me, and they tell me so, and the support feels good. Do the hard thing and people will get behind you. Run. Quit your job. Call your old friend. Leave your man. Pis

Repost: a theory on how we learn

Rearranging the site and moving this piece to the blogs as that seems to be where it belongs anyways. Reposted along with some reflection by me about these ideas...just to play really. If someone happens to read this, enjoy! How did you learn to read? Well first you learned the alphabet. Then you learned how the letters sounded individually. Then you looked at some books and learned to form words from those sounds. And then you learned those words had meanings. Then finally you learned how those meanings fit together to make sentences. Makes perfect logical sense, right? No. It does not. ::Cringing at how certain the tone of this is. Actually most of this reflection is probably going to be

The time that my time was my own for an entire day...

A week ago the to do list was: Complete grant application to <anonymous foundation> Repair malfunctioning laptop Update Resume Do IRS Forms Create flyers for upcoming events Organize files in computer folder And I had an unexpected entire Thursday off from non-SOLE @ Home work, and had none of the fun SOLE @ Home work (SOLE Hours, clients, and so forth). So I worked the day through. Got through the whole list and a couple of other minor things that needed doing. Look at the list. It’s slog work. But the thing is, by sundown, I noticed myself feeling giddy. Joyful, really. And it occurred to me that this was highly likely because my time that day was mine. Having my time belong entirely to me

There is no spoon.

“My goodness these kids are so much worse than we were.” “School wasn’t like this when I was there.” “It’s these damn phones. They’ve ruined the way people used to live.” You’ve thought it, said it, maybe even written it and posted it on facebook. Your parents thought and said it. You know they did because they used to say it to you. Their parents said it to them. Consider instead that it may be you that’s changed. When you do, what do you see?

Look Elsewhere

So many of us who run a specific program or system marry ourselves to it. Blinding ourselves from seeing that there are other ways. If you run SOLEs, and believe in them, great. Look elsewhere to help children. A single idea is not going to revolutionize education or transform schools (what the hell does “revolutionize education” mean anyway? Have we conceded, teachers, that what we do is industry, while still ever complaining about a factory model of education?) Like Santa advises Macy’s customers in Miracle on 34th Street, the help someone needs may lie elsewhere. If you are not helping people look elsewhere and everywhere for what they need, no matter how “innovative” you think your idea