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 #4 - Passion and Purpose

Jaime and Aatash discuss the importance of passion and purpose. Each is critical for kids to know and understand. Jaime argues that not knowing the true meaning of passion can "ruin kids' lives." Aatash makes the case for having a purpose behind your passion and why, without one, motivation wanes.

Missing Pieces Podcast #3 (with Jay Jackson)

Jaime interviews teacher turned principal turned teacher Jay Jackson. Jay explains the motive for his return to the classroom, his "big why" and The Spartan Edge. Jaime and Jay discuss passion and how "it is the most misunderstood word in the English language."