Trust Your Ideas

“I’m worried.  Can you read this?” As a measure of how little students trust themselves and their ideas, this is the question that I got today from a thoughtful student. This summer I wrote about fear in the seventh grade classroom.  Yesterday I heard that fear in the room, I heard my voice rising in…

What’s the Use of Stories…

“What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?” That’s the terrible question asked by Haroun of his father, Rashid Kalifah the storyteller in the novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. This terrible question and a blog post by a writer of novels for young adults made me think about why…

Be flexible…

After watching the 2008 Olympics, I have to say that I am happy that my girls are circus performers. In circus, when you slip a bit and recover, style, and smile, people APPLAUD!!! (No one deducts .10 of a point.) In circus, they assume that you will drop your juggling clubs, fall off the unicycle,…