Tribal Teaching

Chain, Chain, Chain

They say that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. This is true. But, they never tell...

The Gridiron Teaching Academy

Ten days. Twenty practices. And, one scrimmage game. That was the length of my coaching career. I was junior in...

Digging Ditches

Digging Ditches

“Do you want to be digging ditches for the rest of your life?” That question/threat sums up my college counseling...

Dear Students,

Dear Students,

I know that we do not always see eye to eye. Let me be more specific. I know that your...

Scars, Stories and Students

Hunt down a wildebeest, frame a house, plow a field, tear down an engine block, and prepare a meal from...

Sometimes Grading has to be Personal

Stress was building up in my shoulders so I gave them a shrug, rolled my neck and took more than...

Resistance Training

We all have our demons. And, the battle against them is for keeps. Defeat can mean a life of mediocrity, regrets...

11 Promises of a Change-Making Animal

Each academic year I have to integrate a new cohort of students into my La Ceiba class. Yet, it is...

Tribal Teaching

A mass of armed combatants oppose you in an open field. Screaming and gesticulating, clanging their weapons against their armored,...

“Don’t Look up Dr. Humphrey.”

Of course, I did. And, my eyes widened as our taxi crossed over the dividing line into a sea of...