The two weeks leading up to Christmas Break can be some of the most chaotic times of the year. It’s like there’s a full moon for 14 days in a row while students guzzle 3 two liters of Mountain Dew before walking into your classroom each day. Students can act a little nuts, and in…

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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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I find no greater joy than feeling like I am trusted. It’s why marriage can be so glorious. There is another human being who trusts you enough to spend every day of their life with you. It’s why it feels really good when a friend offers to loan you their car. They are saying I…

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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 on an isolated island, and Packard would make up an adventure for Pete on the spot. But one night, Edward Packard ran out of things…

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