I once had a dream to build an aquaponics garden in a greenhouse attached to my classroom. Aquaponics is a form of gardening that combines raising fish in tanks with traditional gardening.  In aquaponics, the nutrient-rich water (fish poop) from raising fish provides a natural fertilizer for the plants in the garden, which then help…

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In 1970, a man named Edward Packard was telling his daughters a bedtime story about a character he made up named Pete. Every night, Pete would encounter different adventures, and Packard would make up a new adventure for Pete on the spot. But one night Packard ran out of things for Pete to do. If…

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    Joseph Campbell was an American mythologist who mastered the study of great stories. He identified a pattern we see in most great stories called the Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s Journey starts with a hero, the protagonist or main character of a plot in which the story revolves. To sum the pattern up into the…

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I think we sometimes take for granted the skill it takes to take part in good discussion. In a world inundated with technology, distractions, Pokemon Go, odd presidential campaigns, and all of the things that modern society has created to take our attention and divert it to bright screens in the palm of our hands,…

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Twenty percent of Americans will not graduate high school this year. They are quitting. And I think the primary reason is because to far more than twenty percent of Americans, the system that consumes over eight hours of a student’s day, is the primary source of stress and effort, the place that consumes the bulk…

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