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Brevity Works: Learning from Donald Trump

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I don’t Tweet and I will probably never make much use of my Twitter account. That being said, I keep flashing back to something my good friend Deb Tucker tried to get me to learn when Tweeting first became a fad.  Bette, she told me, it would be very good for you to learn to… Continue reading

Beyond the End: Touring Facebook

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They say that every ending is a new beginning.  I’m not really sure if “they” really say that … but it’s a thought that has occurred to me a great many times over the years.   The first time was in 1986 when my kids and I were on our way to a family reunion… Continue reading

Leadership 2040 … and Social Media

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MoveOn elected Barak Obama to be our President in 2008.  Twitter elected Donald Trump in 2016 … and by now it’s probably a foregone conclusion that social media will be a major influence in every election from here on in.  The “secret” Facebook group called Pantsuit Nation only had about 3 million members when Hillary… Continue reading

Where to from here…. ?

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If the story of the United States of America were a novel, today would mark the end of Part One.  Together as a nation we will begin writing Part Two tomorrow. I’ve been up since early this morning writing because that’s what I do when I need to process my own thoughts.  I needed to… Continue reading

How do you teach appreciation?

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I’m sitting here this morning, cozy and warm, listening to a storm raging outside. Richard just mentioned something one of his Facebook friends posted, and once again my mind started meandering. So I decided to stop and see where it might lead … Here’s what his friend wrote:  “If you want the kids’ test scores… Continue reading

Learning from Jennifer . . . April 2003

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As I continued my little excursion down memory lane this morning, I found the essay I submitted for the September 2003 edition of Ed Leadership. The theme of that issue was to be “Relationships,” and although I changed her name, I remembered how much a whole class of 4th and 5th graders – not to… Continue reading

Are You Listening? 1998, 2003 and 2016

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I feel like I’m starting over this morning.  In December 1998 I was just beginning to come to grips with the fact that I had actually retired. We had moved to Brookings, Oregon, 700 miles away from “home” … and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.  What… Continue reading

Three Laws of Magic for Writers

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I’m meeting with a few writer friends to listen to the SoundsTrue interview with Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg called The Writing Life. I’ve listened to this CD many times before, but yesterday I heard something that I have missed in the past. The question was about writers who lack confidence in their writing.  It… Continue reading

A Vision Dimmed – Feb. 2, 2013

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I wrote this as a post for Meanderings while sitting in the RV in the middle of the desert near Quartzsite, Arizona.  I was working with a homeschooling family who had decided to enroll their children in an on-line charter school.  As one of their learning coaches I was able to stay connected with them… Continue reading

Reflections on Voices and Values – June 4, 1999

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  This one makes me really sad.  I wrote it in 1999 and I still remember the thoughts that were running through my mind that day like it was yesterday.  I don’t think I ever shared it with anyone except for my husband – and maybe Molly’s mother.  The reason for that is that I… Continue reading

Focus on the Children – December 1998

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Jesus says nothing about focusing on the family.  In fact, he said quite the opposite.  A quick Google search for the question “What did Jesus say about family?” led me to pages and pages of sites that try to dispel the literal interpretation of Luke 14:22-27 where He says we must “hate” our family to… Continue reading

What’s an Evangelical Voting Bloc?

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On January 24, 2016 I heard the political commentators on CNN talking about which of the candidates for the Republican nomination for President would win the “Evangelical Voting Bloc.”  I started this blog post that night, but I have not been able to let go of it and move on. It’s now September 5, 2016,… Continue reading

Leadership 2020

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The children who were the focus for Leadership 2020 when I began writing about them in 1997 are no longer children.  Their children will soon take their places, and the efforts that were being made 15 years ago to replace a one-size-fits-all school system with one that would support the uniqueness of each individual child… Continue reading

Turning Points …

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Thirty years ago I attended a workshop called “Understanding the Middle School Circus.” My district was considering “reconfiguration.” That’s the term they used in the mid-1980’s when districts across the country were reassigning grade levels and changing junior high schools into middle schools. In my district and the K-6 elementary schools became K-5.  Middle school… Continue reading

Good Ideas – “Hackschooling”

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Richard and I are back in Brookings and I’ve already spent many happy hours in my office above our motorhome garage.  This space has been little more than a storeroom since it was built – and it’s just now beginning to be used as we intended. The main reason we built this space was for… Continue reading

A Vision Dimmed

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As I write, I am listening to a teacher’s voice, on-line, conducting a live lesson intended to prepare a group of homeschooled fourth graders for their state testing.  These children have been pulled out of the public school system for many reasons.  Some are the children of free-spirited parents who are raising their children on… Continue reading

Some Things Stick: S.T.A.R. Problem Solving

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We’ve been sitting out in the middle of the desert about 5 miles from Quartzsite, Arizona for the past week and a half.    Today we’re leaving  for Lake Cahuilla – a little known County Park tucked directly behind PGA West in La Quinta, CA.   Quartzsite is a strange little town.  It’s almost a ghost… Continue reading

Creative Imagination

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We arrived in Quartzsite, Arizona yesterday and will be here for a couple of weeks for the “Really Big” RV show.  It’s a pretty amazing phenomenon:  thousands of RVer’s descend on this tiny border town every winter to “boon dock” on BLM land and escape the weather at home.  There’s not much to do here… Continue reading

Tests that Teach

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I called my daughter this morning as she was on her way to take her final in Anatomy and Physiology at Redwood Community College in Eureka, CA.   She sounded relaxed and actually excited about taking the test two days early.    Her words were something like this:   “You would  like this guy, Mom . .… Continue reading

Project-Based Learning

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We’re on the road again and today find ourselves in Redwood City, California.  We parked the RV at Paul and Debbie’s house and have spent the past 11 days with the grandchildren:  Mason (7), Reese (5), and Miles (2).   I had a chance last week to spend some time at Adalante School, the Spanish… Continue reading