Don’t Hold Back

I’ve been thinking a lot about difficulty. More accurately, I’ve been experiencing and feeling my way through a series of difficulties that my rat race mind is ill-equipped to handle. While this is nothing new (I’ve known for a long time that the...

Why Do Students Think They Have to Be Perfect?

A guest blog is written for Peter Dewitt’s “Finding Common Ground” column in Education Week Where does perfection come from? Why do even the youngest of students believe they are expected to be perfect? Does  come from within or from the adults...

NPHC Goes to Argentina

Today we welcome fifth graders at Colegio Newlands in Buenos Aires, Argentina to the Not Perfect Hat Club. Jena had a great time visiting with the students, and their teachers, Viviana Lopez and Malena Accomazzo Scotti agreed to share their blog about the day with...

The Mirror Turns…

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” — W. Dyer This quote by Wayne Dyer haunts me. It first appeared in my social media feed several years ago after a friend became homeless. Rather than search frantically for another minimum wage...

Books are the Stuff of Dreams

We all know that books and reading are vital to a child’s intellectual and emotional development. And by books, I mean any form that stories take, any way that we can immerse ourselves in the lives of others, learn empathy and compassion and ignite the power of...