Eagle Scholars Program December 2022
"All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone." Now way back in my day - seven years ago - when a baby got restless you woke up, went into his room, picked him up, swaddled him, rocked him, slowly and methodically put him back down, crossing your fingers for a couple straight hours of sleep .
November 2022 Newsletter
Every fall, my dad and I head north for our annual fly-fishing trip. It's a chance to reconnect with each other and with nature, and to feed my soul with sustenance for the long Michigan winter. I have this trip circled for 364 days, and yet every year, a few days before I leave, I'm beset with uncharacteristic anxiety.
I've always been a New Year's Resolution guy. And by that I mean I've always made them. Each year, I sit down with a notebook and sketch out the habits I'd like to break and to form, and all the goals I'd like to reach. I've consumed countless books, articles, and podcasts on the topic.
Something I've always loved about working in education is the school schedule. The start of the year always brings about a sense of hope, followed by the seemingly endless October-November stretch. Just when it feels like I'm at my wit's end, Thanksgiving hits and I exhale.
What does "smart" mean, really? Within the context of formal education, it seems to indicate some variation on the phrase "good at school." But when we break it down, does that mean you're a good reader? A good writer? A Math whiz? A test-taking machine? Oxford's etymology: "...
June 2021 Newsletter
I hope you're spending a lot of time off the screen and that you don't see this email for a while! Still, I wanted to share some summer resources. I also recommend that you check out the Redford Library to find some fun summer reading. GoodReads is another great resource to find good books.
March 2021 Newsletter
I've had several conversations in recent weeks with students and parents about the dreaded acronym: G.P.A. Many students are below the 3.0 requirement for the program and several others, while above 3.0, are not where they would like to be to get into their dream college.
January 2021 Newsletter
One hope I have for 2021 is to better myself as an overall person and focus on my goals in life. To put more time into my education, to work better on my mental health, to be more understanding towards people, to not make the same mistakes I've made in the past few years, to save money better, and to not be such a homebody.
December 2020 Newsletter
Last Sunday, my son Sam went up to his elementary school for a socially-distanced meetup with his Kindergarten classmates, who to that point had only been iPad avatars. While I usually jump at the chance for his little brother to experience the super-combo of socialization and outdoor activity, I suggested Andrea take Sam on his own so I could take James, with whom I'd been having a tough time connecting.
November 2020 Newsletter
"Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient* with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world."
October 2020 Newsletter
A month ago, my boys thought iPads only worked on airplanes. In light of the growing body of research about the dangers of kids and mobile devices, I was in the Anti-Tech-for-Young-Kids-Except-For-TV-Because-Hey-I-Gotta-Stay-Sane camp. So when my son's school informed us he'd be receiving an iPad for Pre-Kindergarten, I was apoplectic.