#108. Is It Actionable?

#108. Is It Actionable?

The older I get, the more I realize the power of, and absolute necessity for our words to be actionable. I can’t begin to count the number of times I have stood in front of an ensemble and instructed them to “listen.” I can hear me saying it now, “Let’s start at...
#107. If You Listen

#107. If You Listen

When it comes to the essence of education, I often reflect on the wisdom of the Dalai Lama XIV: “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But, if you listen, you may learn something new.” Have truer words ever been spoken? Peter Loel Boonshaft,...
#106. I Am Only One

#106. I Am Only One

Teachers are an amazing lot. Equal parts talent, perseverance, patience, wisdom, drive, passion, stamina, empathy, and about 200 other attributes. But we also all encounter frustration. The amount of that frustration can be tiny or enormous, and the source can be...
#105. Hmm…

#105. Hmm…

Orson Scott Card wrote: “To a man with only a hammer, a screw is a defective nail.” Far too often over the years I have found it easy to use the success and progress of most students to rationalize one student’s lack of success. It seemed to follow that if ten...