Showing posts from August, 2011

Looking Forward Feels Good

I spent a couple hours at my son's junior high mini-school night. Parents are invited to spend ten minutes in each of their child's classes. A couple (ok, a few) times before, I've complained that these opportunities often miss the mark because they often focus on things like the classroom rules, how many kids are out for what sport, what day Pizza Hut comes, and what's "covered" rather than the bigger picture things like what the teacher wants my kid to learn this year.

Last night was refreshing, and not just because the building is nearing the completion of a major and much-needed face lift. It was refreshing because a number of the teachers talked about things like:

How some professional development opportunities have helped the math teacher reflect on the emphasis she was putting on points and that perhaps more of her attention needed to go to what the students are actually learning;How the famous (or infamous, depending upon whom you ask) bug collection u…


A recurring thought here, revisiting an earlier post.

 In the Winter of 2007 I listen to then-presidential candidate Joe Biden on our campus. Actually, I showed up a little late and ran in to the Senator, who was looking for the men's room in Lang Hall. I like to say that we're down.

Even with his enthusiastically-reported gaffes and misstatements, I've always liked the VP's unvarnished style. I dig that, bluster and all. I could probably benefit from being more direct. Reading Jules Whitcover's excellent biography of the VP gave quite a bit of insight into his scrappy, Scranton, working class demeanor, not to mention rebuilding his life after the death of his wife and daughter in a traffic accident.

Thought it is not original to him and lots of others have said it too, he said, "Don't tell me what your priorities are. Show me your budget and I'll figure it out for myself." Love that. We could adapt that statement in many ways...Show me your calen…