Category Archives: David Penberg

Gratitude

  Gratitude “Only the educated are free.”  ― Epictetus   To honor a day that should be less about consumption and more about gratitude. To the teachers who we are given, who we find and who accompany us along the way: … Continue reading

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Workshops Without Power Points

Dear Presenter, What I am about to suggest is without arrogance or flippancy. Do you think that for your next conference presentation that you could forgo the power points? Ok. No intention to be extreme. A few slides to illustrate … Continue reading

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Professional Underdevelopment (and its Inverse)

Scenario #1: 4 o’clock in the afternoon. People shuffle in with the countenance of weary commuters. There is not a piece of food or drink in sight. Some people have furtively packed student papers they will review. Another has folded … Continue reading

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Laughter and Learning

Lots of work and talk these days about social and emotional learning. The need for resiliency, grit and determination has become part of the parlance of many educators. And this is a good thing. But there is hardly any reference … Continue reading

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Global Citizens?

The other day, on the #1 train, I think I spotted a global citizen. Instead of loitering by the door, as many subway riders are apt to do, blocking people from entering and exiting, she was seated and actually offered … Continue reading

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Failure & Mistakes

Failure & Mistakes I have been thinking lately about failure and mistakes. Schools are arenas where we often isolate those who commit them (go to the principal’s office!) or put on probation those who do not perform well (code word: … Continue reading

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Rules of Engagement

1. Know your students names. You have the latitude to mispronounce them once. In many cultures all of ones ancestry and history are embedded in a name. 2. Before launching into the year, find out something about whom they are … Continue reading

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Let Freedom Ring: Entreaty to Teachers

Let Freedom Ring: Entreaty to Teachers The words of Margaret Mead “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world… it is the only thing that ever has,” are as pertinent now, as ever. The … Continue reading

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Open Letter to New Teachers

Although you have just arrived, over time, you will discover that there are very few experiences as transformative and broadening, while at the same time as perplexing and frustrating, as teaching and living abroad. That makes sense. With the exception … Continue reading

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Mission Statements

Mission Statements hardly ever inspire. They should. They can. But most don’t. Have you ever noticed the similarity from school to school, of the same jargon, vagaries, and stale language? If there was a proctor for school mission statements most … Continue reading

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