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60 feet under, in the presence of a true giant

Dedicated to Janet Ferguson, who loved to travel I met Hilary through a mutual friend. Hilary was interested in talking about establishing her sustainable travel business. In the end, I don’t even remember that conversation. I’m grateful for her, though. I told her I wanted to swim with a whale shark, but do it responsibly. …

Summer Dinners with Tunde Wey

I consider artist, philosopher, chef, Tunde Wey, a friend. He’s not a friend who will be calling me to discuss relationship issues. Tunde is more like a shooting star or supernova—something that captured our ancestors’ imagination for a moment, and sparked their curiosity and imagination. Tunde is a brief experience, that in the right situation, …

A Peach

There is nothing like an early August peach. Georgia rightly claims to be amazing, but Pennsylvania has some of the best. Sweet and juicy, obvious adjectives. Yet, wholly inadequate. The peach overwhelmed my primary senses of sight and sound. For a moment, taste and smell and touch were in focus. I don’t have the words …

Coffee and Joy

I had coffee with a new friend today. He brought his 10 month old. The experience was different than I remember, having small children. I’m no longer rushed the way I used to be. I have energy the way I never had. I just melted, looking into the toddler’s eyes. I felt such joy, handing …

Functions?! Why do I need to know this? – HS Intro to Python Class at End of 2021-2022 School Year

TL;DR, Summary, Breakdown Function use is equivalent to using names for things, actions, people, etc. Reuse of functions is secondary to the simplicity provided by naming things This is a superpower We were winding down the Introduction to Python lecture. There were three of us leading the class, Teacher O, Tutor E, and myself. I …

1:1 – Observations on Computer Science Education and by a first-time volunteer/teacher

TL;DR, Summary, Breakdown I found one on ones to be essential in leadership. I reflect on how important they are in teaching computer science in high school in their ability to connect teacher and student and uncovering unseen I have really loved my 1:1 time with students this year.[1] I’ve had the luxury of spending …

Leadership Level-up: A black, female entrepreneur gives valuable coaching and business lessons

TL;DR, Summary, Breakdown, Synopsis Joanie Baucum-Robinson taught a synthesis of valuable lessons to community leaders A diverse group of students were able to connect and apply lessons weekly Students supported each other, strengthening community Joanie is a charismatic force For the past 8 weeks, I’ve been taking Joanie Baucum-Robinson’s Leadership Level-up at the Community Forge …

An Observation On Emotion from a Gifted Stoic

TLDR/Summary Problem solving is an emotional super-power, which requires putting emotion aside IMHO: professionals are in a crisis because we use this super power too much and go beyond our sustainable limits A feelings diagram might help you get back in touch [1] I’m a fantastic stoic. I’m able to push away emotion and exist in thought. This makes me …

Essay (Short) – Adapting to teaching and learning without all the tools we need: Headsets

Summary Edit: Don’t forget the easy stuff Good headsets and headphones are an essential tool in teaching in hybrid classroom/virtual environments. Underfunded classrooms are more likely to lack good equipment. How do we fix this? The Story (that’s a stretch…) This morning I was trying to teach a student 1:1, 1000 miles away. It works …

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