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Gary Gruber
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Professional change agent, educator, consultant, and earth traveler
Professional change agent, educator, consultant, and earth traveler

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Wow! 7th grade teachers are the best.  I've been one, hired many and the kids are indeed amazing in their capacities for being serious, funny, honest and caring.  They are evolving and so are we.  For you to have amazing students means you are an amazing teacher.  Keep up the good work and many thanks for your commitments and contributions.

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A WEEK FROM HELL and LOOKING AHEAD
I struggled all last week with a bronchial issue that caused
extreme physical stress. That was quickly put into perspective with the Orlando
massacre last Sunday night followed by the tragedy with the boy from Nebraska
and the alligator.   A bad cold that
e...

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KEEPING UP: UPDATES AND DOWNLOADS
Have you noticed how often you get a notice that a piece of
software or an application needs to be "updated" and "downloaded" to be
sure that you have the latest and greatest whatever?   It seems to me
that it's at least a weekly function like filling th...

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WHY WE TEACH
  “Teaching may be the greatest
of the arts because the medium is the human mind and spirit.”   John Steinbeck      The original
occasion for this piece was a gathering of thirty outstanding teachers from
all over the United States.   They had
been accorded...

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EXECUTIVE DECISIONS
Making a tough decision and making it stick is but one
challenge of a leader in charge.   An
executive decision requires more than using that part of your brain called
“executive functioning” which is officially defined as “a set of cognitive
abilities that...

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MORTALITY AND THE GIFT OF TIME
Atul Gawande’s book, Being
Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, takes
a good look at how we, and the medical community, deal with people in the later
years of their lives. For those of us with aging parents or who ourselves are
already past the mid...

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GETTING BACK ON TRACK
Almost everyone I know, including myself, have had some kind
of event that has thrown us off track, hopefully temporarily.   It’s not always easy to resume, like pushing
the button on speed control.   There are many reasons why it’s so difficult to regroup ...

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SCHOOLS and the " REAL WORLD"
Schools are already in the “real” world.   They just aren’t taking advantage of
their external environments in creative and contemporary ways.   Instead they are still using old models
for new learning.   Put new wine
into old wine skins and what happens?  ...

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QUITTING AS A GOOD THING
I’m a quitter.   In my
first year of my first graduate school in 1959, I didn’t like it and I wanted
to quit.    It did not seem like a good
fit and although I was succeeding academically, I was not happy in
pursuing those studies.   So, I decided
about mid...
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