Hi, my name is Mark, and this is my blog. Nice of you to check it out.

I am a teacher. I have always wanted to be a teacher. I think that being alive in the 21st century affords us the luxury of speed, especially in gathering information. I see that in my students on a daily basis. I love being connected, and creating this blog is just another step in being connected. But as my blog name entails, I value slowing down. It’s important to take time to breathe and reflect and look down and see the ground we stand on. So slow down. Read and enjoy.



  1. Mark,

    I, too, am a social studies teacher. I came across your site accidentally by using google. I am working on my doctorate and researching the various approaches to the curriculum. I’d be interested to hear from you and know if you use a thematic approach or a chronological.

    doctoral candidate and teacher

  2. Hi Mark,

    I write to see if you’d like to screen Underwater Maui on the Great Wall of Oakland, a large-scale projection installation in the heart of downtown Oakland, CA. Maybe you know of Art Murmur that happens every 1st Friday in Oakland?

    I think this piece would be a fantastic addition to our Underwater Show on May 1. Please email me if you are interested and / or want more information about the project.



  3. Hey Mark,

    How is the pup doing? I had the opportunity to watch your video pertaining to Kathleen Egan’s art work “The Plastic Wave”. I love the art work and what you guys stand for. I have a product that is a solution to help reduce the plastic bottle issue. Please feel free to contact me at 949-463-0263 or via e-mail for further information. Talk to you soon.


  4. […] it, question it, and seek answers to your questions from different sources. That’s what Mark Lukach, a social sciences teacher in Portola Valley, California, did that got him featured in this New […]

  5. Hi Mark,

    I came across your blog while researching different approaches to teaching world history. The old chronological survey style just ain’t getting it done. I love what you have to say and would be interested in seeing any material you would be willing to share. At the very least, thanks for the inspiration!


  6. Hi Mark-

    You are a truly amazing surfer. You are so in touch with your inner soul surfer. You must really charge to surf 20-25 foot OB. Do us all a favor and go back to wherever it is you came from, or at least just keep your mouth shut and just go surfing.

    Thanks- Eddie

  7. Hi Mark,
    Hey I just saw your piece of my piece, how did you find it? I take it you like it, it’s my favorite for sure.
    Check out my site for upcoming shows, I have one in the works with Surf Heritage Foundation at South Coast Plaza, you should try to check that one out. Cheers! – John

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