What Should We Talk About?

My favorite part of teaching was sharing evocative passages, affecting scenes, meaningful lyrics and innovative ideas with my students. We’d read, watch and listen to them, then think, talk and write about them.


It kept me from the curriculum. But then I’d think, Why isn’t this the curriculum? This is what kids need to learn! For example, after watching the scene where Tom Hanks scolds Geena Davis in A League of Their Own,


“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!”


I’d share it with students and explain why I showed it to them. And now I’m sharing passages, scenes, lyrics and ideas with you with the goal of getting a thought-provoking, life-enhancing conversations started.

Missing Pieces Podcast #2

Parent-teacher conferences and student-led conferences What we can learn about writing from, of all things, the French Revolution! Steve Young and a possible answer to our divided nation The introduction to our “cool words” segment. This show’s word: hygee Overrated/underrated and whether or not having high expectations is overrated Maria Popova’s “first learning” Links: “This is why the dog is happier” Steve Young’s New Book