Showing posts from March, 2016

How High? Part 1

How high do I want to go?How high do you want me to go?How high do I get to go?How high do I have to go?How high is that?
I can clearly break these questions into two groups: "Why did I get picked?" and "I can't wait!" Even though there are minor differences between the questions, we can read between the lines because we have all experienced these thoughts.

In life we are faced with How High all of the time.  However, our response may differ.  Why is that?

For me, there are two factors, the what and the who.

The what?  What I am being asked to do effects how I will react to How High.The who? The person asking me to complete the task effects how I will react to How High. Why is this? The WHAT: There are tasks that I enjoy completing and some I do not. What's the difference between the tasks? Purpose, passion, affect on others, relevance, useful... The tasks that meet these criteria, I am going to put emphasis and effort into them.  The WHO: Everyday, I pass t…

Stand Strong.

The Sequoia and Redwood Trees of the Northern Coast are known for their strength.  The Sequoia can grow to be 30 feet in diameter and up to 250 feet tall.  The Redwood can grow to be 24 feet in diameter and up to 350 feet tall.  As one of nature's magnificent beauties, these trees represent standing strong.

Sounds simple: the phrase Stand Strong. At the core of strength lies confidence, passion, optimism, and goals. How simple is it to be confident? It's not. How simple is it to know your passion? It's not. How simple is it to be optimistic? It's not. How simple is it to be centered on change-making goals? It's not. Each one of these aspects of strength has a foundation and if this foundation has not been laid, strength will not be found. Both trees have a foundation that allows them to reach for the sky. With over a 100 mile root system, these two distinctive trees stand strong.  

Why is a foundation necessary for strength?Without their foundation, these trees wou…


Standing in the middle of a room filled with furniture, no warm bodies (other than mine), enclosed by four white walls, I knew what had to be done. I had to teach. I had to inspire. I had to love.  I wasn't sure what it was going to be like, what it was going to take, or how I was going to navigate these young children to engulf themselves in engaging learning. 
Life gives choices. 
As adults, we are faced with choices: an average of 35,000 choices a day. We must think quick, we must act, and we must reflect. What about students? Students make 3,000 decisions a day.  This leaves me wondering why their is such large gap between the two.  Could it be because they do not get a chance to make decisions? Could it be due to the parents/teachers stepping up and making the decisions for them? Could it be that we do not have high expectations for our students in the area of decision making?

Life provides opportunities.