Life’s Lessons in a Halloween FAIL

It was October 31, 1997.  My first classroom Halloween party.  As a fourth grade teacher.  It was perhaps my biggest classroom disaster… strike that; it was an epic FAIL. As the hip, new teacher, I envisioned the best classroom Halloween party those kids had ever seen.  I had been making my list for several weeks before finally…

Is “Culture” Becoming the Next Meaningless Buzzword?

In 2014, the word “culture” was the most popular word according to the Merriam Webster’s dictionary. In 2015, company culture was among the top content drivers for Forbes, Inc, and Entrepreneur. This year, it’s morphed into phrases like “cultural ecosystem” and “cultural fit.” According to the Business Dictionary, the simple definition of company culture is “the…

What Happens Inside a Grateful Brain?

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, gratitude will once again be part of many conversations, classroom projects, family traditions, religious practices and community service initiatives. Somewhere between the chestnut stuffing, football, and shopping, most of us make time to take inventory of those things for which we’re grateful. But by Cyber Monday, many tend to put…

A Lesson in Humility (and Fundamental Attribution Error)

In the research world, reliability has to do with the quality of measurement. According to the basic theory of reliability, one cannot calculate it; one can only estimate it. In addition, there are a variety of different types of reliability that each have multiple and unique estimation methods. It’s complicated. In the human world, the concept of…