After listening to both Bruce Goodner last Thursday, and then Alan November today - I am SO energized...and challenged! I'm pretty sure I looked like a bobble head as both of these (what I consider to be) great minds shared their visions. Having said that, it occurs to me that there are probably many out there who heard their message, and thought something along the lines of, "This all sounds great, but it won't work with my kids because (fill in the blank with all the reasons why)." Truthfully, I understand that thinking, AND I wish we had the forum to discuss all the "Yeah, buts..." that exist - because there are plenty, I'm sure. Yet, I wholeheartedly believe that the ideas proposed by these two men are completely do-able (and, dare I say, necessary!), IF we replace the words "but it won't" with "how will it", and then convert the statement to a question. As we enter into this next school year, I encourage you to (1) put on those rose colored glasses, and (2) when faced with a new idea, ask yourself how it will work with your students.