Monday, April 24, 2017

Why Fake News Is Dangerous

"I check, I verify, I trust my gut, but I ask tough questions. Why is this person telling me this story? What do they have to gain by sharing this information? Do they have a hidden agenda?"

Such powerful words and reasons to change how we consume and spread news.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A game that is hard to play

I heard this story a while back on RadioLab, and found it really moving. Now seeing the video, it is even more so. I think my favorite line from her talk is "When your heart breaks, it heals differently." I think this captures what it means to grow and learn from suffering, and to make yourself a better person.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Brave Girls

I love her opening story - what a great way to talk about courage and trying something new. As a father of a daughter, this really hits home for me. I want my daughter to be confident and willing to try new experiences. I hope that I have encouraged her to try adventure, and trust in herself. I hope the same for all of you.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


My wife has taught me to appreciate a good obituary. In her career as a museum professional, she has read countless obits and has helped countless people find obits of long lost relatives. A well written obituary is a powerful piece of history, and a poorly written one is evidence of missing information, that may be gone forever.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Learning Zone

This was rather eye opening for me. I totally agree with him that we need to create more times in school where we are expected to make mistakes, and then learn from them. I hope that in the future my classes will better reflect this. I am fond of saying that you learn more from the one problem you did wrong, than the 29 you did correctly. I hope that rings true for my students.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Science of Us

I must confess that I have always loved stats. I really find it fascinating to delve into all the ways we can describe a group of people numerically. This is just one more way that the numbers tell a great story.