Testing, Failing, and Empathy

Testing, Failing, and Empathy

When I became aware of anything besides my laptop screen, the first thing I noticed was that my hands were shaking. I suppose my fingers had been steady enough for keystrokes, letters into words into sentences. But my trembling hands symbolized how unsure I felt that...
No Selfie with the President

No Selfie with the President

This past weekend, a school colleague challenged me to ‘get a selfie with the president.’ As I watched President Obama leave the State Room where he had just spent the last hour talking with about a hundred of us about education, I heard one young woman in...
Ledes, Kickers, and Donuts

Ledes, Kickers, and Donuts

The student stared blankly at our guest presenter, struggling to answer her question about a story that appeared in a recent issue of our school newspaper. “Should have read the article, Mike,” jabbed Dan, a rising senior. “He tried, but the lede was...
Clowns, Clotheslines, and Stories

Clowns, Clotheslines, and Stories

  While I was driving back across the state this evening, I listened to this Moth story by comedian Anthony Griffith, and it just about broke my heart.  In the story, Griffith gets a coveted comedy spot on The Tonight Show – just as his toddler daughter is...