10/29/2019

Dread Calling Parents??? Try This!

For a long time, I dreaded calling parents because I knew the calls upset the parents. I felt awkward in a dynamic where the parent was embarrassed and many times defensive. I dreaded those calls: when you don’t have good news for a parent, the calls just don’t feel very good. This changed when I became familiar with a concept —- you only have authority if you are under authority. That became the key to positive calls. Most of a teacher’s […]
10/14/2019

Q/A: Are We Teaching Our Students to be Offended?

Q/A : Are we encouraging young people to be offended and derailed about things that their parents would have shrugged off while growing up?    This has to do with the ease that people are taking offense, given permission to not get over it and have permission to go to a safe place. EXAMPLES Google, micro aggressions and you get pages of things some people have decided shouldn’t have been said or didn’t say correctly. My concern is people are […]
09/05/2019

What Type of Friend are YOU?

It’s important you surround yourself with good friends. You can tell what type of friend you are by paying attention – look at Aristotle’s description of friendship. Aristotle described three kinds of friendship — note not everyone is a best friend. After looking at the models below, you’ll be better equipped to evaluate your friendships. #1 Useful or selfish friendships — you buy stuff from and sell stuff to people. You are useful to each other, and you wish each […]
05/12/2019

What is More Empowering, Goals or Daily Routine?

I like to begin class with a Q/A.    Q/A is a question, or an idea to be explored. Here is an example:  (This would be excellent lead in for a Goal Unit, Decision making unit. ) 1st  Q/A:  What is more empowering, personal goals or habits?  Explain your reasoning. Teacher Note: The Principal of the Path.  Your path always leads to your destination. Personal goals are a desired destination.  Habits (daily routine) are a path to or a detour […]
04/06/2019

Q/A: What Really Matters in Life

I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A:  What do you really enjoy in life and what gives it meaning? Write 5 examples. In short, what really matters (and what doesn’t matter).   Write the student examples on the board.  Compare them with the thoughts (below) of children who were nearing the end of the time on earth.   Teacher Note Dr Alastair […]
02/08/2019

Q/A: Feeling Down? Pay Attention to Your Language

  I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. It is also: A way to get the students in their seats, on task and thinking. It gives me time to complete tasks necessary for each class-roll etc. It is also an activity that is a smooth transition into the day’s lesson or a review of previous material. Here is an example: Q/A  Feeling Down?  Pay Attention to Your Language.  […]
01/30/2019

Are You Generous? Q/A

TRUE GENEROSITY I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A   Are you a generous person?  I consider myself a generous person because…… I am not a generous person because……. TEACHER HINT:  a generous person is someone who is other oriented.  In other words, when a generous person sees someone in need, they see an opportunity to express a generosity of spirit.  Generosity […]
09/27/2018

Cursive is Back—- A Public Service Announcement

I remember when it was decided by the WIZARDS OF SMART, that kids didn’t need to learn to write in cursive.  It was a waste of class time for students and teachers.  Cursive writing was passé, old fashioned, behind the times old school.  Computers are new, modern and cool. Last but not least, common core education standards that guide many states’ curriculum policies don’t emphasize it.  TEACHERS:  But, But, But,…kids need to learn to write cursive because: Your signature is in […]
06/01/2018

You’ll Always Know Who Loves You by the Way You are Treated.

Long before I teach the Human Growth and Development unit (Sex-Ed), I have the students write/explain: What LOVE is? What does love look like? How do you know someone loves you? How do you show love? The students talk about feelings. It’s rare when they initially talk about sacrificing for someone else. You sacrifice for what/who you love. This is my opinion, I don’t think a person really knows what love is until they have a baby. For the first […]

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