Category: Storytelling

On Writing Well

I was updating my resume, philosophy of education and other job seeking materials, using expert advice from my son David who has an English PhD. He was kindly brutal as he tore apart and reconstructed my materials. I asked if he would recommend one book (he could, no doubt, have recommended dozens, if not hundreds) as an easy read for writing improvement.

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Raise the bar with PRACTICE

It is like texting except you’re using all your fingers

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My Philosophy of Education and why I interact with students the way I do

I share these correspondences to make several points. I utilize a variety of technologies in communicating, informing, teaching and mentoring. I have earned my students’ trust and they are comfortable coming to me in times of crisis outside the subject I teach. I am making a LASTING IMPACT on these students’ lives! I don’t just teach music, but use music education to change people’s lives for the better.

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Teacher to Student after Talking To Parent: Is It True?

Sometimes, engaging and talking to teens, outside the authoritative imbalance of parent/child or teacher/student is challenging. For some of the others, what follows is one of my favorite tactics.

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11 Things Small Business and Fire Departments Should Have In Common

Meticulously planning and preparing for, and then efficiently and effectively fighting “fires” is something both fire fighters and small business owners should be good at. Business should be ready, but not always “putting out fires”.

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When the teacher hears this “L” word from the parent.

In a previous century, pre-cell-phone, almost pre-historic era, I had a memorable exchange when a pastor parent called me a liar when I told him what his daughter had done. How do you think I should have responded? ================ As I

Posted in Communication, High Schools, Parenting, Personal experience, Public Schools, Respect, Storytelling, Teaching

Two great professions filled with caring, educated individuals ruined…

“Two great professions filled with caring, educated individuals ruined by government control.”

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