Most of you have hear the question, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?” What if I asked you a similar question about teaching and learning. Does teaching exist in the absence of learning? My good friend and mentor, Dr. Jack Parker … More Teaching and Learning
A mulligan in golf is an extra stroke allowed after a poor shot that isn’t reflected on the scorecard. A mulligan is another name for a redo, retake or do-over. If you’ve ever golfed with me, you know that I have benefited from a mulligan or two (or more). Off of the golf course, I have … More Mulligans
How many of you remember the 80’s sitcom, Cheers? When I hear its catchy theme song, I immediately think of Indian Creek. This could be the theme song for our school and community. Watch the show’s introduction below. Over the past several weeks, I have thought a lot about the community in which we live and work. I have … More Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Explore. Dream. Discover. Isn’t that what education is all about? This is my favorite quote and really speaks volumes to my beliefs regarding education. Explore: We want our students to explore new ideas, concepts and subject matter. We don’t want our students to sit in their seats and just receive the information we present to them. Students who … More Explore. Dream. Discover.
One of my all time favorite motivational clips is from the sports movie, Facing the Giants. It’s a Christian-based movie about a high school football coach who goes through difficult times both on and off the field. There are several great scenes in the movie, but my favorite scene comes after the team has lost three straight games … More Facing the Giants
Think back to when you were in middle school or high school. What would you have done if your social studies teacher gave you the following extra-credit assignment: Think of an idea to change our world and put it into action. Would you have been able to come up with an idea, or would you have … More Pay It Forward
This weekend, my wife, father-in-law and I ran in a 10-mile race as part of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Miler Series. This was our third of three races preparing us for the mini-marathon, which takes place the first weekend in May. After the race was over, the three of us were talking as we walked … More Finish Strong