It was once said, “It is not enough to be busy; the question is, what are we busy about?” Make no doubt, all schools are busy. What a school chooses to be busy about not only defines the school, but sets each school apart—one from another.
Without making mistakes, there is no way to learn. If you can learn from your mistakes, then you have already transformed garbage into flowers.
The conviction that you, or anyone else, knows what you already need to know could be one of biggest challenges you and/or other people face.
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.
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
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
Teaching is teaching. Whether it is teaching adults, middle schoolers, or preschoolers, teaching is teaching. In the purest sense, there are key foundations of teaching that have nothing to do with age: knowledge, content, methods, checking for understanding, and the one I think is paramount – knowing those you teach. When I say knowing those … Continue reading Student Centered Teaching