Simplifying Core Values So They Actually Work

Can you recite the core values of your school? Up until this year, I couldn't, and I'm guessing that most teachers -- and even administrators -- can't do it either. Most students definitely can't do that. Why not? And does it even matter? According to the example that some of the most successful businesses set, knowing your... Continue Reading →

My English is Having an Affair with My Science; or, Where Has All the Human Gone?

Here's a confession: I hate when I hear people say "I'm more of a Math and Science kind of person than an English and Social Studies kind of person." I cringe when I hear teachers or guidance counselors or parents buy into the statement or repeat it. I sigh when I note that Math and... Continue Reading →

The Culture of Change

I don't have anything else to say about it right now except that I am beginning to believe that we at SHS could be on the brink of major change. (For now and for the purposes of this blog, I'll keep this in reference to curricular change.) The reason I briefly point this out is... Continue Reading →

Ross School Visit

Visiting The Ross School in East Hampton, Long Island was a memorable experience. I continue to be amazed at how evident it became to me how readily a well-designed and decorated space can serve as inspiration for thought. That's what an unlimited budget can do, I suppose. In terms of what I think we can... Continue Reading →

Bringing Lit to Life (cntd.)

I want to continue to address the kind of imagining that readers need to do, and in moving forward with the book I want students to be able to hear the action and tension in a text play out. While students were able to choose a scene from the first seven chapters of Lord of... Continue Reading →

Dreaming Big

I brought this up in Stuck in the Structure: the ideal school. We should dream big just for the sake of dreaming, so I've been doing some thinking and scheming and wanted to get it out there in our blogosphere. I also wanted to take some time to really think through what it would take... Continue Reading →

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑