When Last Place Feels Like First Place

There is so much going on in my head about the last hour that I am worried I am not going to be able to articulate it all well in writing. There are lessons in this for both Mike the cycler and Mike the educator. I hope people who connect with me in either of those worlds will keep reading.

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You've Got To Start Somewhere

When I was a kid I rode everywhere. I LOVED RIDING. So it seemed pretty reasonable to me that as I was exploring ways to get healthy and turn the corner that cycling should be part of the mix at the least. I am turning 40 in a few weeks, and I want to be healthier in my 40’s than I was in my 30’s. It’s a promise I’ve made to myself and I am determined to keep it.

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Rethinking #whatsyourbackflip

I have made a lot of decisions about my life in the last few weeks. I buckled down to make decisions about writing a book. I’ve set in motion some big ideas for OnEducation. I’ve also made some pretty huge decisions about my health. I think, for the first time in my life, I feel overwhelmed, but not with negative issues and stuff I have the deal with that is bad, but overwhelmed with all the positive things I am working on, or would like to do. It’s stress, but good stress. Is that a thing?

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Innovate In The Empty Space

Another school year is set to begin in many parts of the US. In some parts of the country though, schools and districts are having a hard time coming up with funding to meet the needs of their teachers. Budgets are tight and a lot of teachers are feeling forced to find ways to fill the gaps in their supplies that their school districts can’t supply them. We are seeing a lot of Amazon wishlists. On Twitter, #clearthelists was a dominant hashtag this week. I have a few thoughts on this I wanted to get out.

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Statement on Gun Violence in America

I haven’t really been silent about these tragedies, and the overall epidemic that is gun violence in America. But this morning I have to give and interview, and then interview someone myself for the podcast, and I don’t see how I can go on the air without addressing these events. I have a duty, and a platform, and I am going to use it.

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I Wasn't Ready To Talk About It, I Guess I Am Now.

When you ask me how the podcast is doing, I can proudly explain we’re one of the top podcasts in education, and we travel all over now speaking to educators and sharing their stories, and I may even let slip a few of the awesome projects we are working on. If you only slightly knew me, or were meeting me for the first time and asked me about the podcast you may think I am bragging. Please believe, I am not bragging, I am confused and absolutely redirecting the confusion. I’m super good for small bursts of confidence and bravado. I get right back to confusion, at least on the inside, super quick.

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Do It Like Doofenshmirtz

In an effort to rule the world, or at the very least, the tri-state area, Doctor Doofenshmirtz creates incredible devices called Inators. Every Inator that Doofenshmirtz made, failed. I think there is a lesson from this! You see, the Inators may have failed him but that didn’t stop him from getting up, dreaming big, and doing it all again. Go build your “Inators” - the big ideas you have for the crazy things you want to do. And if they don’t work out - I want you to fail awesomely.

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There Go My Heroes Part 4: Carl Hooker

This is a series of posts about my educational hero’s. This small group of people have had a HUGE impact on my life. The criteria to make it to this list is simple: Would I be doing what I am doing now, without them? If the answer is no, they’re on this list. I can also clearly explain WHY I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing now without them, which is important when you’re writing a blog post, they say… I also have EVIDENCE for most of them, which is amazing. I can show you clear examples of them going WAY BEYOND what is expected to help me. That, in my mind is what a hero is. So here we go.

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There Go My Heroes Part 3: Tanya Avrith

This is a series of posts about my educational hero’s. This small group of people have had a HUGE impact on my life. The criteria to make it to this list is simple: Would I be doing what I am doing now, without them? If the answer is no, they’re on this list. I can also clearly explain WHY I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing now without them, which is important when you’re writing a blog post, they say… I also have EVIDENCE for most of them, which is amazing. I can show you clear examples of them going WAY BEYOND what is expected to help me. That, in my mind is what a hero is. So here we go.

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