Monday, December 22, 2014


Almost two weeks have passed since my surgery at Kaiser San Francisco. I was released from the hospital on Sunday, December 14. I have been quietly recuperating at home since then. My family has been by my side and for that I am grateful beyond words.

Each day I make progress. Now I am able to take slow short walks—strolls, actually—around town or on pathways in nature. Most of the time I’m happy and pretty comfortable. I have to remind myself to take it easy. I’m visiting doctors and getting poked and prodded much more than I am used to, but that’s to ensure my full recovery.

The cards, messages, and gifts that have come from Dunham community have buoyed my spirits. 

Thank you for taking the time to send your good wishes my way.

Enjoy the holidays!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

All I Want For Christmas Is....

All I want for Christmas is a heart at ease…

…and for you to send me you good wishes this week—especially this Tuesday, December 9.

My doctors tell me that it is time for me to have valve-replacement surgery to fix a heart condition that I was born with. 

In San Francisco on Tuesday morning a surgeon and his medical team will do this for me. Everyone says I’m an excellent candidate and that I will feel a whole lot better once I’ve recovered.

I will be in the hospital for about a week. Full recovery at home is expected to take another seven or eight weeks. By Valentine’s Day I ought to be feeling better than I have in quite some time.

My daughter—she’s a doctor herself—has come home to help my wife and me get through this major surgery while I’m in the hospital. My son is coming home this weekend and will stay with us through the holidays to help us manage the first two weeks back home.

I hope you’ll be willing to take a few moments this week to send me your best healing wishes.

Thank you.

Monday, December 1, 2014

This Will Revolutionize Education!

The claim in the title of this post has been made for decades going back as far as Thomas Edison.

It's been wrong every time.

We now live in an era where experts tell educators that tablets and tests are going to revolutionize education, but it's just ain't so. These experts have a clear motive for spreading their nonsense: PROFIT from sales of tests and tablets and income from selling teachers the latest snake oil.

They should be shown the schoolroom door. They have no business telling teachers how to teach.

When I was at the beginning of my teaching career personal computers promised to completely revolutionize education, and I was swept up in the enthusiasm for machines that came into the classroom. I was an early adopter of computers, but soon abandoned them.

I found that kindergarten kids, especially boys, engage in much more valuable learning from using "The Three B's" Bikes, Blocks, and Bars than they ever learned from classroom computers.

What a good teacher does is to set the social and emotional container for students to work together in the learning THEY DO.

It's a classroom where safety, happiness, and kindness and blended with challenges, humor, and forgiveness.

The video below has a look at what I'm talking about: