THOUGHTS FROM THE FIELD

November 16, 2016


Time. 

Is it something I find? Is it something I make? Is it a priority? How do I spend it? Do I waste it? I can’t get more of it. How much do I have anyway?

How often I find myself asking these questions!

If my starting point for these questions is information-seeking, I may reach one set of conclusions. If; on the other hand, my asking the questions is more rhetorical… more meditative, I may reach an entirely different conclusion.


February 24, 2016

Water, Tea, and a Spot of Time 

Life seems full of coincidences.  We run into people just after we think about them.  We hear a song in our heads and shorty thereafter hear it on the radio.

Sooner or later; though, what seems at first to be coincidence actually proves to have more purpose.  

Here’s an example… 

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January 19, 2016

Window Streaks and Learning

Early in my marriage, my wife and I would infrequently haul out rolls of paper towel and window spray for the detestable work of washing windows.  One of us worked on the outside and the other from in the house.

Inevitably, one of us would tap in the window and point to a streak or spot that the other had missed.  The trouble was that the person with the spot or streak couldn’t see it.  We simply needed to trust each other’s eyes, follow the pointing finger, reapply the spray and wipe a bit longer.  

At times the work lead to laughter, sometimes not.

Just this week I relearned the wisdom of this lesson again, twice: once in my classroom, once in another venue. Both reminded me of how much I need to continue learning...

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We each process differently.  Speaking and listening in Teaching(or training, or training, or…)

Over the years and decades of learning and teaching (and coaching and training…), I have been placed in so many different sets of circumstances in which I needed to stop, look, listen, and reflect about what I was doing. It always came at a time when what I was doing was either not working or not as well as I had hoped.

Several weeks ago it happened again. During an evening class I was pulling out all of the stops to teach a concept to a group of students. They too were putting themselves into the learning.  Yet, despite everyone’s effort, the connection I had hoped my class would make with the material fell short.  

At the end of the evening I asked the group to review and share with me what they had learned, and they did so quite well. Nonetheless, I sensed that their words masked the lack of depth of understanding. Their eyes, on the other hand, revealed all.

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Technology: a Blessing with Responsibility

posted by Brian Pickerd

Each day, we see students as young as elementary school age weaving through schools with cell phones in their hands. They check text messages and social media more fluidly than many of their parents. Tweeting, snap chatting, instagramming…they do it all.

If we take only a quick look at the technology picture around us, we can be fooled by what it means. One perspective is that every student holds a cellular key to the world in his or her hand or pocket. Is it true through? Why is its important to even ask?

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Caring for our Students through the Work we Assign

posted by Brian Pickerd


When I was young, I worked on my grandfather’s farm from February until the harvest in the fall.

One day during our lunch break, my grandfather began reminiscing about the “good old days”.

Whenever grandpa told a story, we listened, partially because he didn’t tell very many stories. It also owed to the fact that his dry sense of humor usually left you laughing, if you listened well..

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Create your Story!

posted by Brian Pickerd

As I grew up, I listened to my grandparents, great aunts and uncles and my parents spin stories of “the good old days.”  

“Great Grandpa did this…,” my grandma would begin.  

“Oh yea,” My great aunt would reply, “Well, Aunt Beatrice did that…” 

As I sat and listened, my imagination ran wild with pictures, some of which were actually based on places I had visited and people I had known.  I pictured younger versions of the people before me, and my mind’s video editor filled in the rest of the picture for me... 

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Each of us has a Story!

posted by Brian Pickerd

This last week was they type of week that both energizes and saps energy, fortunately they work together for balance.
The week marked the middle of our grade period...and our classes for this term.  On the way to school I quietly panned my classroom in my mind and tried to imagine what I knew about each student.  The deeper I dug, the more I realized that what I knew about some students was surface-level knowledge.  This disturbed me, because it represented a break in community, the very thing that we all need... Continue Reading:  Scattering Seed BLOG


Where are they coming from and where are they going?
posted by Brian Pickerd

The new school year has begun(a new season), and like many other teachers, I have come out of a summer planning period of imagining where I would like to see my students in several months, if not in two to three years.  As I planned, I saw specific students in my mind.  I wondered how they been experiencing life the past months and where they will be emotionally and academically...Continue Reading:  Scattering Seed BLOG






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