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 #11 with D.J. J.D.

The Missing Pieces Podcast #11 is our first interview with former students out there in the world, away from school, doing it! On this episode, D.J. J.D. Whitfield shares his story. Entering Arizona State as an aspiring teacher and golfer, J.D. ended up finding huge success as a radio D.J., currently in Boston at AMP 103.3. You'll love his philosophies. You'll love his energy. You'll love J.D.!