Up To The Mountain–Why You Should Teach

One of my favorite recordings is  Solomon Burke singing Patty Griffin’s magnificent song, “Up To The Mountain”—her tribute to Martin Luther King based on the famous mountain top speech Mr. King gave the night before he was assassinated in Memphis.   This song is so...

Burning Bright

Last year my wife Jenny completed the Wisconsin Ironman Competition in Madison. In case you are not aware, an Ironman involves a 2.4 mile swim in open water, a 112 mile bike ride and a marathon—a 26.2 mile run. That is not all. There are cut off times for each of the...

How we spend our days

How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives—Annie Dillard, The Writing Life I am so grateful to every educator who is returning to school these days to do the good work of helping students learn to read and write, to love learning, to dream, to learn how...