Friday, December 7, 2018

More Optical Illusions

Kids (and teachers) love optical illusions. Here are two previous posts on optical illusions . . .
Now, check out the ones in this YouTube video. They are great.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Leading From the Front

Having served as a Captain in the Marine Corps, I pass on this book recommendation so you can see what two women USMC Captains accomplished and have shared in their powerful book Leading From The Front — this link also has many terrific resources. To give you some perspective on what authors Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch confronted when they choose to serve as an officer in the Marines . . .

"Of the 1,425,887 active-duty service people in the armed forces—Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines—213,224 (or 15%) are women. But only 34,796 women—or 2.5%—are commissioned officers. And the Marine Corps, where I served, has the fewest women of all the armed forces: In September 2003, there were 75,000 women in the Army, 70,000 in the Air force, and close to 55,000 in the Navy. Only 10,664 women were serving in the Marine Corps. And of the 10,664 women Marines, only 1,000—less than 1% of the entire Marine Corps—were officers." (pages. 10-11)

Today "There are approximately 14,000 female Marines which makes up about 7% of all Marines today."

Ten  leadership principles they present in this powerful book:

1.      Meet and exceed the standards you ask of others—lead from the front
2.      Make timely decisions—find the 80% solution
3.      Seek to take responsibility before you begin to place blame
4.      True leaders dedicate themselves to service—take care of those you lead
5.     Think before you act—especially before you overreact
6.     When faced with a crisis—aviate, navigate, communicate
7.     Courage + initiative + perseverance + integrity = success
8.     Don’t cry over something that won’t cry over you
9.     Say you’re sorry only when you’re at fault
10.  Always lead as you are

And, here is a brief video with author Courtney Lynch talking about principle #10:

#10 - Always lead as you are

Friday, November 9, 2018

Perspective on Leadership

Just when you think you have gone as far as you can go as a leader, you have to read Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin's masterful book Leadership in Turbulent Times. What makes this book so special is that it not only is jam packed with amazing leadership advice and perspective, but I found that it read like a novel.

The leaders and turbulent times are as follows:

  • Abraham Lincoln - Emancipation Proclamation & Civil War
  • Teddy Roosevelt - 1902 Coal Miners' Strike
  • Franklin Roosevelt - The Great Depression
  • Lyndon Johnson - Post Kennedy Assassination & Civil Rights

Here is a Goodwin interview with PBS News Hour's Judy Woodruff:

Friday, October 26, 2018

Feed — Just Like 1984

Like George Orwell's powerful book 1984 (written in 1948), the young adult book Feed published in 2002 is coming true to life. If you have not read Feed, by all means do; it is a great YA book for students and adults. Also, listen to the npr clip below to hear what is happening with artificial intelligence management. Once you read Feed, you will see its connection to the npr piece and 1984.

Friday, October 12, 2018

What is Juuling?

What a Juul e-cigarette looks like
From “Juuling: An Alarming Trend Reversing Decades of Health Gains” by Donna Orem, NAIS President . . . 

“Cigarette smoking has been on a steady decline among teens for the past decade. That’s good news … but, a new craze called “Juuling” is threatening to reverse that. A Juul is a brand of e-cigarette that has become popular among middle and high schoolers, at least in part because of youth-friendly flavors and a discrete, concealable design. If Juuling is not yet on your radar, it should be, as it is quickly moving from a trend among a small percentage of teens to a major health crisis, with many implications still unknown.”

Wikipedia on JUUL “JUUL Labs (/ˈdʒuːl/ JOOL, like "jewel"[7]) is an electronic cigarette company which spun off from PAX Labs in 2017.[1] The JUUL e-cigarette was introduced by PAX Labs in 2015.[8] It is a type of e-cigarette that uses nicotine salts that exist in leaf-based tobacco for its key ingredient.[8] The JUUL is the most popular e-cigarette in the United States by market share,[9] and its widespread use by youth has triggered multiple investigations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

Sunday, September 30, 2018

A Special Treat for Vegan Musicians

When you have five minutes before your class is over or before it is time to say good night to your child, you might share this TEDxSydney video. It plays very well with those who love music and enjoy carrots.

Friday, September 14, 2018

If You Love Books . . .

. . . click here to see a fascinating picture portfolio of how to cover books. I think you will find this fascinating. Be sure to share with your students/children to get their take on the beautiful, creative designs and what you can do with book covers.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Understanding Transgender

I just read the most beautiful book about one family's experience with raising a transgender child. In Becoming Nicole you see all aspects of the transition—anatomically and psychologically—from the viewpoint of Nicole, parents, siblings, school community, friends, and greater community. Author Amy Ellis Nutt does a terrific job to help the reader understand the challenges and love that are part of the transition.

TED Talks has seven talks on the gender spectrum that "break down what it means to live outside society's traditional (and outdated) understanding of gender."

Thursday, August 16, 2018

iGen Generation - Born 1995-2012

If you, or your child, or your student was born anytime between 1995 and 2012 you/she/he is of the iGen generation— you know, the generation after the Millennials. You will want to read Dr. Jean M. Twenge's book iGen.

Filled with charts, statistics, and facts, her book, will amaze you at how iGens have moved beyond the technology and social media we think the Millennials own.

Here is a link to the many Appendices that supplement the book, and along with the book, here is where you will get a quick sample of what the author has compiled to help readers understand the iGen generation. Ironically, when you view this link, the first graph you will see is Figure 1.A. "8th and 10th graders' print media use." Hang on to your seat when you view this graph.

Coincidentally, NYTimes columnist Frank Bruni quoted Twenge in his Sunday Review column last Sunday, [She said] "Having to sit for more than a half hour or an hour doing one thing — that's gone by the wayside, and that concerns me as an educator and as a parent."

Here is one more link to her TEDx Talk. In her closing comment she states, "Let your phone be a tool you use, not a tool that uses you."

Friday, August 3, 2018

Grand Parenting

Now, in my world of grand parenting, I am sensitive to generational differences, especially when I am reading to children and working with millennials and generation Xers. Here are a few resources that might help those of you who work with baby boomer grand parents.

"The Particular Joy of Becoming a Grandparent" by Jim Sollisch in this week's NYTimes is touchingly beautiful.

You also may want to read Becoming Grandma by Leslie Stahl. It, too, paints a beautiful picture of becoming a grandma/dad.

"Still the Most Important People" is an article I wrote as a grand parent back in the spring of 2014 for Independent School magazine.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Number 20 for Dr. Ned Hallowell

This is Dr. Ned Hallowell's twentieth book and it is a page-turner.

When I first interviewed Dr. Hallowell for the Independent School magazine article, "Leadership for the Right Reasons: An Interview with Dr. Edward Hallowell," I knew then that he was an impressive factor in child development and leadership. Without a doubt, Dr. Hallowell is one of the foremost child psychiatrists in the country.

Of course, his book Driven to Distraction was a prominent bestseller.

Visit Dr. Hallowell's website for a wealth of resources.

Friday, July 6, 2018

The 5 Levels of Leadership

While John Maxwell's book has been out for some time, on the recommendation of a Captain in the Marine Corps, I read the book. Well, there is so much to learn about leadership from this amazing book. Here are a few salient, important points:

• "Leadership is an opportunity to serve." (pg. 87)

• "Rabbi Harold Kushner asserted, 'The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and share.' " (pg. 194)

• "The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability." (pg. 244)

• "True leaders put ego aside and strive to create successors who go beyond them." (pg. 250)

If you do not have the time to read the book, take 27 minutes to watch this video to hear what the author has to say about the 5 levels of leadership.

Friday, June 22, 2018

What Adults Can Learn From Kids

Is it possible that adults can learn from kids? [wink, wink]

Here is how TED describes what a twelve-year old so eloquently had say on the topic. "Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach." 

See and hear for yourself by clicking on to her thoughtfully beautiful 8-minute Talk.