First the Heart, Then the Mind

Today, I met with multiple students who I worked with a lot last school year. I wanted to reconnect, to see how summer went and to ask about the first few days of school. It was great! I was reminded, as I often am, of the power and importance of meaningful...

The funny thing about focus.

Focus. It's something we always seem to want, but have you ever noticed how limiting it is once you have it? A familiar phrase I'm sure you've heard a thousand times is "in the zone." For the longest time I had assumed that to be a good thing. Now, I'm not so sure....

Today I embark on a journey.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018   Today I embark on a journey. Today was the first day of school. Today marks my 33rd first day of school.   In 1985, I began Kindergarten and today I began my 17th year as an educator.   I have always loved the first day of school and...

Start Failing – LUE003

Start Failing – LUE003

Episode: Start Failing Hosts: Jeff Herb (@jeffherb) and Nikki Woodbury (@nikkiwoodbury) Show notes/resources: About LightUpEDU - about page We talked about two of our articles on the episode today. Failure Leads to Success, or Does It? You Can't Let the Losses Define...

Do You See What I See?

Do You See What I See?

When I was a kid, I used to love looking at optical illusion images. I was fascinated by the way the images could change based upon a person’s perception or mindset.  One of my favorites was this one. My first view was the beautiful young lady.  While others,...

No Risk, No Reward

No Risk, No Reward

Risks are things that educators have a hard time taking. Why? For one, when we discuss taking risks we are usually referring to our instruction - which we see as having a direct impact on student learning. By taking risks, we fear irreparable harm on a student’s...

Failure Leads to Success. Or does it?

Failure Leads to Success. Or does it?

I took a walk today and stopped in a few classrooms just for fun.  As I sat in the back of one classroom, I noticed all of the positive posters displayed on the walls.   “Today is a great day to learn something new!” “You never fail until you stop trying.” “FAIL;...

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