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.

The Missing Pieces Podcast #9 - Student Priorities

Show Notes: I welcome back Aatash and we discuss podcasting challenges, starting things yourself, project-based learning, Aatash's new Latitude 37.8 High School and misplaced student priorities. Join the Missing Pieces in Education tribe and subscribe! Take a look at Aatash's new charter school, Latitude 37.8 High School. Here is the letter I sent to my students and parents after a generally, low-priority, ho-hum effort helping out the Sonoma County, California fire-victims. I wanted to express my ambivalent reaction to what we did. Hi! I want to share my thoughts about last week's crammed fund and supply-raising project. On Friday, we fit all the collected donations - water, blankets, pet f