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The Big Fresh January 11, 2014 Pull Over

Lead, follow or get out of the way.                                                Thomas Paine My daughter Ahna and I were driving when I spotted flashing lights in my rearview mirror several blocks behind...

The Big Fresh January 4, 2014 Honor the Time

Goals are dreams with deadlines.                                                       Diana Scharf Hunt Last month I visited a school in Massachusetts to film lesson study sessions with first- and third-grade teaching teams. One phrase...

The Big Fresh December 21, 2013 Learning to Love Nonfiction

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.                                                                               James Russell Lowell Watching my son and his father before bed every night, I have...

The Big Fresh December 14, 2013 If the Shoe Fits

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.                                                             Marilyn Monroe For years, I never understood the love some of my friends have for Zappos, an...

The Big Fresh December 7, 2013 Come On, Man

Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords.                                ...

The Big Fresh November 30, 2013 5-2-1-0

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act but a habit.                                                                          Aristotle I was driving home when I heard the radio spot for 5-2-1-0. Instantly an...

The Big Fresh November 23, 2013 Abandoning Books

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.                                                        William Shakespeare As a child, I was trained to finish every book I started. The approach of...

The Big Fresh November 16, 2013 First Fruits

Your entire life is a process of sorting out some of those early messages you got.                                               Bruce Springsteen Last month I visited the marvelous Murkland Elementary School in Lowell,...

The Big Fresh November 9, 2013 The Ultimate Desk Challenge

A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.                                               John le Carre I have to admit when I was a kid some of the most appealing...

The Big Fresh November 2, 2013 Running and Reading

As we run, we become.                                        Amby Burfoot I went out for the track team when I was 12, and I’ve been running ever since. Over the years, I’ve gotten...

The Big Fresh October 26, 2013 PD Overload

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.                                               Michael Altshule Glazed eyes. Hands being rubbed over eyes and foreheads. Lips formed into frowns or...

The Big Fresh October 19, 2013 Tending the Garden

Great projects, like great careers and relationships that last, are gardens. They are tended, they shift, they grow. They endure over time, gaining a personality and reflecting their environment. When...

The Big Fresh October 12, 2013 Winning Deal

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.                                              John C. Maxwell I’m down...

The Big Fresh October 5, 2013 No Boundaries

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.                                              Aristotle A couple of months ago I was hosting a large family party. My sister Mary and I were in...

The Big Fresh September 28, 2013 Teaching the Genes

At the deepest level, all living things that have ever been looked at have the same DNA code.  And many of the same genes.                                                                           Richard Dawkins My twelve-year-old daughter,...

The Big Fresh September 21, 2013 Say Yes

Positive anything is better than negative nothing.                                              Elbert Hubbard Literacy means different things to different kids. For some, it’s a respite from difficult things. It’s a chance to flip...

The Big Fresh September 14, 2013 The Spotlight

The question for the child is not “Do I want to be good?” but “Whom do I want to be like?”                                               Bruno Bettelheim Recently I viewed a video clip...

The Big Fresh September 7, 2013 Perfect Pie Crusts

Never doubt that a small, committed group of people with pies can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.            ...

The Big Fresh August 31, 2013 Chasing Joy

The most successful people I know got that way by ignoring the race to find the elusive, there’s-only-one-and-no-one-has-found-it right answer, and instead had the guts to look at the infinite...

The Big Fresh August 24, 2013 Texting About Reading

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.                                              Marion Garretty My younger sister Jenny hasn’t always thought of herself as a reader.  In her...

The Big Fresh August 17, 2013 Pausing Time

In the most successful spaces, you don’t see everything at once. The more time you spend in them, the more you discover. They open up like flowers.                                              Vicente Wolf...