Fortunately, while we now see the storm heading rapidly toward us, we do not need to panic because we can handle the winds and rough seas. We can be prepared.
One of my proudest accomplishments came during my first year as a new middle school teacher. I was hired to teach Spanish, but because I did not have a full load, I also had to teach a section of Language Arts and 6th grade math.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there are many preschool teachers who are wrestling with how to keep meaningful contact with their class while not having in person contact.
Some of you may know that I am a former middle school teacher. I loved it and if I ever go back into teaching, it will be in middle school. I had the pleasure of attending my twin daughter's junior high Christmas choir concert this week. The students were amazing! However, the most amazing thing to … Continue reading 30 Years of Teaching – What a Gift!
How you start plays a big difference in how you finish. I had the pleasure today of seeing that in action at a school in Davis School District in Kaysville, UT. I was visiting with Mountain High School (MHS) Principal Kathleen Chronister and she and Tomee Pace, one of the MHS teachers, very excitedly shared with me during our … Continue reading How You Start Can Make A BIG Difference
I can still remember the day vividly. I am not sure of the exact date, but I remember it was in November of 1979. I was in 10th grade at Intermediate High School in Broken Arrow, OK. I had a 1-mile (or so) walk home from school that took me by our local K-Mart. I … Continue reading Another Brick in the Wall
What do you think of when you think of attaining the American Dream? In his book titled, The Epic of America, written in 1931 during the Great Depression, James Truslow Adams wrote, “It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each … Continue reading The REAL American Dream
It has been snowing a lot here in Utah this winter. This past week we had a most beautiful snow fall. https://youtu.be/ioWnUwrliYg Big fluffy flakes floating, falling and finding a place of rest on a pine tree. Here is a universal truth: Every snowflake is unique. Even Horshack from the tv show "Welcome Back Cotter" knew that. While there … Continue reading Every Snowflake is Unique…and So Is Every Child
My first job in education was that of a middle school teacher. I followed a non-traditional path to becoming a teacher. Out of college, I worked as a software developer for a consulting firm based out of Chicago. I had the pleasure of working in Silicon Valley before it had officially been given that title. … Continue reading The Core of the Apple: The Foundation of Personalized Learning
We have seen it so many times. The iconic image of someone, whether running, swimming, racing cars, etc., crossing the finish line with their arms raised in the air in victory. Who can forget Usain Bolt’s multiple Olympic victories where he clearly destroyed his competition? I can remember Richard Petty crossing the finish line 200 … Continue reading The Finish Line Does NOT Always Tell the Whole Story