Connecting the Dots.

What’s a pattern?

Patterns. They’re everywhere. In our decorating, in our favorite song, in our behavior, and, perhaps most importantly, in our language.But what exactly ARE patterns? And what would happen if we didn’t have them or couldn’t recognize them? Read more

Executive functions don’t come in a box

I read an article today that offered a handful of strategies to develop students’ executive function skills. I see articles like this all the time these days, and I have a confession: they make me bonkers.While I’m thrilled to see more and more educators embracing the term executive functions, too often suggestions for teaching executive functions don’t… Read more

Chaos vs. patterns

Classrooms are orderly because chaos does awful things to students. Everything is coming at them at once, and they can’t sort it or make sense of it. They don’t know what to do next. Bombarded by what feels random and confusing, they become… Read more

The power of presence

Sitting on an airplane, there’s little to do other than reflect on where you are going or where you just came from. In this case, I am heading home from working with a school in Michigan that kicked off an EmPOWER training for their elementary and middle school teachers this year. I’m struck by two lingering images… Read more

Language gets things done!

This past weekend, I had the honor of officiating the wedding of two of my dearest friends, Chris and Andrea. It was a thrilling experience for a whole host of reasons, but one of them continues to resonate with me days later. It has to do with language (one of my favorite subjects)… Read more