Monday Musings (August 14, 2017): A Praying Professor

This past Thursday I returned to work. Arriving early and walking down the empty hallways, it’s always an eerie feeling to think how soon they will be filled with hordes of teenagers. I thought about all of the things I needed to prepare before I was ready, and I knew I was further away than I had hoped. In the days that have followed, I … Continue reading Monday Musings (August 14, 2017): A Praying Professor

Monday Musings (August 7, 2017): Reading for Wonder, Imagination, and Joy

Last week Megan Allen posted an article called “Professional Creep: How Work Can Take Over Your Life (and Your Book List)” in which she tells the story of how she was preparing to bring books on grant writing on a vacation. She laments that she has failed to maintain the same joy and wonder that she had as a kid with a bag full of … Continue reading Monday Musings (August 7, 2017): Reading for Wonder, Imagination, and Joy

Monday Musings (July 31, 2017): Fighting for Time to Read

I recently read an excellent reflection by Phillip Yancey called “Reading Wars” in which he reflects on how easy it is to train ourselves only to read short, blog-like entries and fail to dive into deep and difficult books. Now, please don’t stop reading my short, blog-like entries, but do take care that we also cultivate the difficult skill of analytical reading. My point in … Continue reading Monday Musings (July 31, 2017): Fighting for Time to Read

Monday Musings (July 24, 2017): Repairing the Ruins of Grades

I wrote a piece not long ago called “Sabermetrics and Grades”in which I discussed the way in which baseball, long known for its love of statistics, has seen a revolution in the scouting, managing, and playing of the game based on advanced statistics–called sabermetrics–that purport to do a better job of identifying those things that impact game outcome. I suggested that we needed a similar … Continue reading Monday Musings (July 24, 2017): Repairing the Ruins of Grades

Monday Musings (July 17, 2017): School Flourishing

I’m sitting in an auto shop waiting on my car to be inspected and serviced, and I began thinking about Plato’s Republic, specifically the part where he discusses how each person has their part to play in a just society–cobblers make the shoes, bakers bake, and so on. As each person does his job well, the community can flourish. If, however, everyone tried to do … Continue reading Monday Musings (July 17, 2017): School Flourishing

Monday Musings (July 10, 2017): Reading Journals

I have always valued owning books over borrowing them from libraries. The most significant reason for this otherwise terrible financial decision is that learning is worth the cost, and I learn much better by making notes and highlights in my own books and occasionally reading back through those than I do from merely reading a book and returning it. But despite highlights, underlines, notes, and … Continue reading Monday Musings (July 10, 2017): Reading Journals

Monday Musings (July 3, 2017): Story, Memory, and Home

I had the pleasure this past Friday of watching two boys of some friends of ours who were preparing to move, then helping our friends load the truck on Saturday as they moved into their first home. I was reminded of what a wonderful thing a home is, and how my memories of my childhood home are still vivid in my memory. Below I have … Continue reading Monday Musings (July 3, 2017): Story, Memory, and Home