Find your passion. And then share it.

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in General | No Comments

I participated in my first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) tournament today. Unfortunately I lost both of my matches. I’ve never had that much fun losing before. About five months ago, Micah and I started taking Jiu Jitsu classes. Originally I thought I would do it for a month or two just to help Micah transition […]

Peer Pressure

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in General | No Comments

Tomorrow I’m running 13.1 miles. I am not a distance runner. My friends are. I’m happy when I run five miles. Six isn’t bad. I never have the desire to run ten miles. And yet, I’m running a half marathon tomorrow. I signed up mostly because I wanted to please my friends. However, there have […]

The law of modeling

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in General | No Comments

We had a great discussion today of why modeling is so essential in teaching.  It’s a basic, fundamental law – somewhat like gravity.  Teachers, more so than many professions, must model what they want.  If you want students to be problem solvers, then be a problem solver.  If you want a caring community, then be […]


Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in General | No Comments

We just wrapped up the first week of planning with our staff. As a math guy, it’s difficult for me to capture the emotions that were experienced last week. Let me just say it was really, really amazing. Six new teachers, six returning teachers, the secretary, the principal and the SSA all planned together. Our […]

How to Apply to the Workshop School

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in General | No Comments

The Workshop School is now enrolling for the 2014-15 school year.  We will be adding 90 freshman this coming school year.  To apply, you need to fill out the School District of Philadelphia’s application (  To learn more about our school, read on AND visit us at the high school fair November 16th! (  If […]

The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones (part 2)

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in General | No Comments

The national conversation around education outcomes is finally shifting. The standardized testing movement powered by NCLB has been around long enough to produce a significant body of longitudinal data. This data has resulted in a number of reports that are evaluating the movement’s impact (see Matt’s blog). And guess what? The common sense things teacher […]

The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in General | No Comments

I’m on vacation this week visiting family and one of my big plans was to workout everyday – run one day, lift the next, and so on. Unfortunately, I injured my foot last week and like most men over 40, I chose to ignore it. I had a plan and an injured foot did not […]

You are enjoying this too much

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in General | No Comments

We just completed our first year at the Sustainability Workshop and it was amazing. So what do you do the first week after the school year is over? The highlight of this week for me was the hours I spent over the past few days working on Michael’s car – we talked about the year, […]

Real Work

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in General | No Comments

It’s hard to believe we’re coming to the end of our first year at the Workshop. What an incredible year it has been. Engaging students in solving real problems – doing real work in this world – has been both exhilarating and exhausting. To do real work first requires the desire to do so and […]

Teaching Students to Change the World

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in General | No Comments

One of the great joys and challenges of working with young people is they don’t know what they don’t know. Thankfully, this is usually not expressed in arrogance, but rather it is seen in their hopeful idealism. Youth, more so than any other time of life, is a period of idealism. It’s wonderful working with […]