We are an amorphous group of educators who have joined together – a tribe really – to learn from a diverse group of gifted, interesting and sometimes provocative learned people in the world. We’ve learned from the likes of Edgar Schein, Peter Block, Richard Sheridan, Stan Slap, and poet David Whyte, provocative educators David Berliner, Gene Glass, and Yong Zhao, linguist George Layoff, researchers and professors Carol Dweck, Andy Hargreaves, Art Costa Bena Kallick, Jon Saphier, Yong Zhao, and Tony Wagner.
We are about learning – exploring ideas to understand more deeply the institutions of education. We are also intrigued by the processes individuals experience while learning. Our blog is about current issues around learning. We offer reviews of books we’re reading. And we focus on “New Rules”, changes in attitude and behavior we educators must exhibit to survive in our world of surprising changes.
Since Shirley’s passing last month I have done a lot of reflecting on her influence on my professional life. Long before I ever met Shirley, in the 80s, I was using her work, and that of Gene Hall, as a principal and as a staff developer. I taught Concerns-Based Adoption […]
This story is adapted from a 2nd helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul Andy Drake was a nice young man whose classmates liked but they harassed him. He took the kidding in stride and warmly said, “Thank You.” The fifth graders seem to use Andy as their relief from […]
The Sense of Wonder They say all things are wondrous to a child. I say the sense of wonder grows with age. The child accepts the faceless voice that speaks through telephones, takes moonwalk in his stride, nor doubts that man can fly in winged machines. He knows the sun […]