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 […]
01/03/2018

What Do Your Choices Say About You?

Every day we are confronted with trivial choices and decisions that we must make. A choice implies I have to decide between this and that. Of course, doing nothing is also a choice. But, we let choices / decisions slide because they are trivial. We don’t sweat the small stuff; we let small stuff slide out of sight and out of mind. Sooner or later we are confronted with a BIG choice we don’t want to make. If I choose […]
11/16/2017

Which is Better — an Individual Thinker or a Team Player?

Which is better, being an individual thinker or being a team player?  Is it possible to be both?  Well, Alexis de Tocqueville (Democracy in America) insinuated nearly 200 years ago that there was a possibility Americans were both.  While touring the 13 colonies he observed a basic tension in our national character that was / is an important contradiction of American life.  The tension was between Americans placing a big stress on individual rights, but they were also big conformist.  […]
11/02/2017

What is the #1 Predictor of Success in School & in Life?

According to Angela Lee Duckworth, a teacher turned psychologist, GRIT is the factor that will determine whether a student will succeed or fail. According to Angela, GRIT is “passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. GRIT is stamina. GRIT is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. GRIT is living life like it’s a marathon, not a […]
10/20/2017

It Matters What Children See and Hear

It matters what children see and hear. They breathe it in like air and will model it before your eyes. Their models are their parents and family members — we know what we know from our families. We inadvertently do what they do without even knowing it until someone points it out. My daughter sent me a video of my 11 month old grandchild. She was “reading a book.” She knew just what to do with a book. You sit […]
10/06/2017

Life is a Choice — Weekly Thoughts to Share

Life is a Choice — Here is a selction of 5 minute activities where students copy the advice and compose two to three sentences why they agree or disagree (just pick a thought for the day). 1. No is a complicated word. “No” can mean “No”. Sometimes “No” means “Not yet”. Sometimes “No” means “Too soon”. Sometimes “No” means “Keep trying and / or Maybe Yes”. No is a complicated word. 2. People can’t control what they get in life […]

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