education, reflection

Celebrating the Average Child

I've always disliked the word "average" especially in correlation to student growth. Yes, I know it's a common word, and yes, I realize you have to have SOME word to represent the middle-of-the-road achievement. But "average" has always struck a nerve with me because of its lackluster negativity: not really awful, but not that great… Continue reading Celebrating the Average Child

education, kindness, REBkind, travel

Texas Kindness: Character Strong

What does it mean to be "Character Strong?" I have pondered this question, allowing it to swirl a bit in my mind, ever since I returned from my visit to Houston, Texas in March. During that trip, I was graciously allowed to tag along with Barbara Gruener as she and other kindness cultivators around the… Continue reading Texas Kindness: Character Strong

education, kindness, REBkind, travel

Texas Kindness: Jet Stream Jax

The third visit in our Texas Kindness Tour was meeting a very special student named Jet Stream Jax. If you've been following my blog for a while, you may recognize his name from my Remixing Relevance post in October 2017 where I shared about his community of Friendswood, Texas receiving catastrophic damage from Hurricane Harvey… Continue reading Texas Kindness: Jet Stream Jax

education, kindness, REBkind, travel

Texas Kindness: Kids Deserve It

The second stop of my kindness tour with Barbara Gruener was visiting Webb Elementary School to meet principal, Todd Nesloney, author of Stories from Webb and co-author of Kids Deserve It and Sparks in the Dark. I met Todd in 2014 when we both presented Ignite sessions for the ISTE Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. In… Continue reading Texas Kindness: Kids Deserve It

education, kindness, REBkind, travel

Texas Kindness: Kind Kids

On my first #REBkind trip, I visited Houston, Texas and neighboring locations to meet kindness cultivators and learn more about character education. I was blessed beyond measure by the hospitality of Barbara Gruener (@BarbaraGruener), author of What’s Under Your Cape: SUPERHEROES of the Character Kind. She not only opened her home to me as a… Continue reading Texas Kindness: Kind Kids