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Day One, No More Playing Small


I have a lot of friends and loved ones who are passionately chasing their dreams. Some sell cookies. (You go, girls!) One is making his mark on the fashion industry, while another is building his business in the world of golf. One is honing his computer skills to better serve within his place of employment, while some others are selling products or services that promote healthy living. Some are selling kits to promote art-filled play for children, while others capture moments with photography. I love it all, don’t you?

These friends of mine are diligently chasing their dreams. 

But me? I have been playing small. You know why? I’ve been afraid of what some of my friends and colleagues might think and say when I share what I know to be true about what is required to teach kids to read and spell well. 

Here’s the thing, I’ve been more worried about my own self-esteem than the struggling readers I’m longing to serve. 

No more.

Too many kids are struggling to learn to read and spell well. These kids are feeling like they’re dumb. The fact is, they’re not dumb. 

It’s the way they’re being taught to read is the problem. And I am going to begin speaking up.

Remember this clip from Coach Carter?

I’ve decided that I’m going to finish what I’ve started.

Helping 60+ kids a week is not enough. It’s time I get out there.

As one player said, “. . . playing small does not serve the world.”

I’m determined to serve. So, I’m going to become who I need to be to do just that.

And now, as another player on Coach Carter said . . . “I got sh*t to do.”

I am committing to posting every day. If you want to be a part of my journey as I equip more and more excellent teachers to better teach kids to read and spell well, just email me at [email protected].

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