About Walt Williams

Walt Williams does not represent all teachers or coaches or husbands or fathers. He has opinions but they are his own. He started writing this blog years ago because he had something to say, he's not so sure anymore. He has never had an editor (not too surprising if you've read his stuff) and he is entering the final quarter of life wanting nothing more than future generations to be able to see and appreciate the miracle of being alive.

Education is

Lots of press around teaching and learning these days. So, before anyone asks me (nobody ever asks me but that hasn’t stopped me in 221 blogs), I thought I’d give you the real story. Ready, here it is, education is in crisis because kids are in crisis because their parents [...]

By | November 4th, 2023|0 Comments

Just another day in paradise

Tuesday rules.   The other side to last week’s blog about trickle down tyranny is that we are not in the Middle East or Ukraine. Sure, their pain is our pain and we will do all we can to stop the killing of innocent people but life goes on and [...]

By | October 24th, 2023|0 Comments

Trickle down tyranny

Trickle down tyranny.   Are you fighting with your friends/neighbors/colleagues/wife/husband/teachers/bosses or just about anyone you come in contact with who doesn’t agree with your way of thinking?   Are you tired of seeing destroyed buildings and humans in pain due to bad people fighting or natural disasters which we seem [...]

By | October 13th, 2023|0 Comments

Small goals

“The Herculean work you do with kids.”   Yeah, yeah, Herculean is definitely a stretch, but this line which came in an email from a friend/professional contact who knows my work, has kept me going for weeks.   It’s all about the little victories. We are sitting in the shade [...]

By | September 25th, 2023|0 Comments

Slow the burn man

Burning man is the world.   I mean, think about it, a fun idea to bring people together, celebrate and promote worthwhile causes grows from a few people to 70,000 people then nature decides to turn a dry lakebed into a mud pit and suddenly people realize that burning might [...]

By | September 7th, 2023|0 Comments

Taylor Swift for President

I’m wondering how Taylor Swift can change the world.   It’s Saturday night and I lucked into a seat in row six, section 116 at Levis Stadium. There is only one word to describe what is going on all around and that is spectacle. Like, the foursome of 12-year-olds who [...]

By | August 18th, 2023|0 Comments

Art is the way

Hey teachers! In the spirit of building bridges, I wanted to pass on a list of local arts programs, contact info and prices for your classroom:   Sonoma Community Center: Ceramics, Culinary, Drawing/Painting, Fiber Arts, Performing Arts, Printmaking   Contact: Lexi Baker, youth program director (707) 938-4626 x 826 lexi@sonomacommunitycenter.org [...]

By | August 12th, 2023|0 Comments


The Sonoma Acai bowl is the winner. Thick berry smoothie on the bottom, homemade granola, Watmaugh strawberries, banana, blueberries, and some coconut mixture which Kate has created using her magic morning chef skills. Just the ticket for the final Saturday of the summer.   And yes, I know it’s only [...]

By | August 12th, 2023|0 Comments

What do you want to know?

7/13 and I’m thinking about KWL.   This is day four of summer school for me and my 11 students this morning are busily working independently or following along on my journey to outline US History Semester 1 Unit 3 on the board.   Summer school is always a challenge [...]

By | July 13th, 2023|0 Comments

Plant seeds

My final this semester in Physical Science was to plant seeds.   Like literally, after a four-week unit on sustainability I brought in soil, pots and seeds and had students dig in the dirt (many for the first time). Course, I also had students prepare and present reports on their [...]

By | June 22nd, 2023|0 Comments