How to Maim a Mother Oct 18, 2021

 Wow! I like your hair! It looks really good -- now.” 

“Uh, thanks?”

Sometimes compliments just come out wrong.

We aim to affirm and cause confusion. Our cheers are heard as jeers. We intend to inspire and increase esteem yet intensify anxiety and multiply misgivings.

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Anxiety: Today's Hottest Accessory? Oct 18, 2021

 I like accessories.

Bracelets, scarves, jackets, necklaces, and boots. Oh, and most definitely earrings. Whether hoops, drops, or studs, these pieces are wearable whether cutting a length of baseboard on a miter saw or savoring a sampling of finger sandwiches at a vintage tearoom....

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Ssssshhh...Someone's Thinking (Part 2) Oct 18, 2021

 Charisma is not character. Loud is not leadership.

In Part 1 we examined cultural beliefs about, and bias against, introversion. These mindsets direct in many schools, resulting in numerous lackluster performances. This isn’t new. Susan Cain, in her compelling book, Quiet: The...

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Sssshhh...Someone's Thinking (Part 1) Oct 18, 2021

"Today, students, we’re going to begin with a quiz.”

(Sounds of groans.)

“However, the good news is there’s only going to be one question!”

“What?! You mean if I miss it, I fail?” exclaims one.

Another begs, “Can we at least get partial...

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Got Grit? Oct 18, 2021

His composition met the requirements for an “A” grade, but he hadn’t earned it.

It was native and accumulated ability more than exertion and striving for growth that resulted in the alphabet’s first letter being circled in red ink at the top of the page. I sighed. And...

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What's Eve Got to Do With It? Oct 17, 2021

Yesterday, March 8, 2021, marked International Women’s Day (IWD), with the theme “Choose to Challenge.”

Covid caused many events to be virtual, cancelled, or scaled down. Amsterdam hosted a Tech Fest for girls. Dubai showcased international women artists. An Atlanta organization...

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Fatigued & Frustrated with "Who Cares" Students? Oct 17, 2021

Every teacher's faced them.

The dead fish eyes.
The paralyzed facial muscles.

The tired-toddler-in-a-highchair slump.

Responses include, but are most definitely not limited to:

*Trying to ignore said distractions. Easier written than done, especially when Miss Dead Fish sits in the center of the...

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The Wanna-be Drug Addict on the Second Row Oct 09, 2021

I decided to become a drug addict while sitting in church.

Second pew from the front on the left. And, just like Chondra Pierce, it was “piano side.” I was in late elementary school and spent every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night on that bench. Usually just my family...

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Of Bricks & Books, Swords & Sanitizer Oct 09, 2021

Attendance down; a weakened economy; powerful and partisan politicians; infighting; conflicting reports; inadequate resources; and mandates to produce.

Sound familiar? Take heart!

A story from ancient days showcases leadership lessons as applicable to the days of masks and physical distancing...

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