"There's a lot of trial and error that goes into the record making process for me. Most of the time I enjoy it immensely, except for when I get frustrated and I'm 'trial-ing' and 'error-ing' but I'm more 'error-ing' than 'trial-ing.' You keep doing it until it feels right. And when it doesn't feel right, the ear goes to the irritant. The thing that doesn't feel rights eventually gets on your nerves to such a degree that you finally pull it out. It may take a while before you recognize that you really don't like a certain thing. Because you start off saying, 'It's okay. It's not my favorite part, but it's okay.' And usually that's about denial because you've worked on it a long time."
"The first step, says Sadler, is to teach Socratically...asking questions and having students think out loud. This works much better than lecturing.
"Teachers who find their kids' ideas fascinating are just better teachers than teachers who find the subject matter fascinating," he says.
"...understanding emotions is...about the meaning that students are making—that is, the ways in which students and teachers are experiencing or feeling their emotional reactions and how their feelings steer their thoughts and behavior, consciously or not."
"...meaningful learning is actually about helping students to connect their isolated algorithmic skills to abstract, intrinsically emotional, subjective and meaningful experiences."
- ObsidianOwner, CFO, 1998 - present
- Obsidian Art SpaceBoard Member, 2011 - present
- The Big Life ProjectContributor / Owner, 2011 - 2013
- DACGOperations Manager, 1991 - 1996
What I Love / What I Do
I write novels with messy, imperfect characters who still manage to grow and love and live big.
I am fascinated with the same thing in real life: people telling stories about how they make choices and live their lives to the fullest...especially after setbacks and losses. Regrowing my life during / after chronic illness was my inspiration to blog on TheBigLifeProject.com, part of my effort to fulfill the tagline's promise: *Grow Your Heart. Live Big.*
I work part-time at Obsidian (ObsidianLearning.com), a learning consulting / development company I founded 16 years ago to be "The Place I Want to Work." I am proud of the cutting edge work we do in learning, and of the employees and culture that keep us both sharply competitive and fully, compassionately human.
Before settling in Houston, I grew up in an artistic family on a cattle-ranch in the Texas Hill Country, then hopped back and forth as a student between Georgetown (Texas), Germany, England and Japan. I still love to travel, though my destinations now involve nature and loved ones rather than big cities.
- Southwestern UniversitySociology, German, 1987 - 1990