Posts by Skip Olsen:

Better PowerPoint presentations

October 11, 2007 Published by

I had a great time last week with my friends at Education Minnesota, where I presented a workshop on constructing better PowerPoints. You know the typical PowerPoint drill: The professional development for teachers presenter shows up, lights up the screen with the PowerPoint, and begins—many times reading the slides with his/her…

The bored and vacant eyes

September 19, 2007 Published by

I was recently invited to breakfast with a group of thoughtful, talented, and committed educators for a conversation with a retired businessman who now sits on the board of a foundation. After talking about education in general (NCLB, high school reform, unions, etc.), the conversation shifted to the question he…

Blogging and the knowledge revolution

August 29, 2007 Published by

Perhaps I’ve gotten way ahead of myself, a condition I should be used to by this time. I started writing a blog without explaining why. Is it meant to be simply an online journal? A place to sound off? I don’t think so. It’s much more about the thoughtful conversations…

Energize and renew to become a more balanced professional

August 6, 2007 Published by

I finished Parker Palmer’s Courage to Teach program about two weeks ago, so I’ve had time to think about its importance. The program served as a reminder—a reminder that all of us get from time to time—to slow down and reflect on our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual pathways. The focus of…

On my mind- Walter “Skip” Olsen

July 17, 2007 Published by

Staying positive these days is proving to be a challenge. I’m bothered by the maiming and killing, the lack of reasoned civil discourse, and our national priorities—especially as they relate to education. Just the other day I went into a restaurant to pick up tuna on sourdough for my wife…