Mistakes are essential to learning in the outdoors. They make it easy to do the right thing because you know what the other choice looks like. And camping mistakes have been the ultimate source of some of my most meaningful... READ MORE
At NYC Outward Bound Schools, we instruct three to five-day long expeditions for public school students and teachers. Students are accompanied by at least one teacher per small student group, and we often see principals, school leaders and additional teachers... READ MORE
Feedback is a practice that is both rigid and creative. It requires methodical thinking and sophisticated emotional intelligence. And in order to understand how to give and receive feedback at its best, not only do we need guidelines, but we... READ MORE
The foundation of communicating with struggling teens is the same as you would use with anyone who is struggling: listen, affirm, speak assertively, set clear boundaries, respond honestly and provide support. As with all people, effective communication depends on the... READ MORE
Right now, I am preparing for a 24-day backpacking expedition with six teenage students. As I think about what comes in the next 24 days, I pack my pack carefully. At the bottom of my 70 liter pack is my... READ MORE
I begin every course the same way: with a torrent of words. “This is your backpack. This is how you use it. This is how we eat. This is where you will sleep.” Although my demeanor is not so robotic,... READ MORE
“Bad” is a shaky platform to be placed on. It is not a useful piece of feedback, or a nugget of real-talk from a trusted adult. It is a stagnant, heavy label; a “you are” statement, leaving no nuance for... READ MORE
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