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With Intentional Slowness

With Intentional Slowness

The Nature of Middle Level

When Robert Frost wrote "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening," he probably wasn’t thinking about the educational lives of young adolescents. And as the speaker in Frost’s poem trotted through the snow...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Teaching
Impressions

Impressions

The Nature of the Middle Level

When I walk, I frequently forget to look down. My eyes scan trees and the sky for signs that nature is still talking to me through its elaborate language. This tendency to look up can be a hazardous habit for a number...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Courageous Gardening

The Nature of Middle Level

Kudzu is a vine that was imported to the United States from Asia many years ago, and it remains a steady feature of the southern landscape today. It was brought to our shores because people were drawn to its broad,...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Connect Your Stars through Constellational Leadership

Connect Your Stars through Constellational Leadership

While looking at the night sky one evening, I saw a starry man looking down at me. Orion, with his familiar belt of stars, and his arms and legs outstretched in the darkness, hovered above me just beyond the urban...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Leadership
The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

A Turtle’s Journey

During the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English conference a couple of weeks ago, I was walking around the spacious grounds of the event between sessions when I did something regretful and then noticed something...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Transition and Change

It is difficult for me to look at an autumn leaf and not think about Greek mythology. There is an undeniable connection between the rich reds, auburns, ambers, and crimsons of fall and the ancient gods and goddesses....
The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Mentoring Needs Nurturing

On a walk in my neighborhood, I passed by a relatively uneventful river birch standing near the sidewalk in the sunshine. I almost looked the other way when I spotted an interesting relationship happening in the...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Essential Attribute #3: Empowering—providing all students with the knowledge and skills they need to take control of their lives. As I was walking in a parking lot recently, I spotted this small plant growing...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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