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 […]
01/08/2018

Do You Have a New Years Resolution activity? Well Here’s one

I do like the idea of New Year’s Resolutions.  It’s like the first day of school.  It represents a fresh start or a new beginning.   It’s an opportunity to exchange one desire for another.  An example:  I’ve decided to exchange my desire for my daily can of ice cold Coca Cola, for my desire to have a waist 2 inches smaller.  I have a specific purpose.  I want a slimmer look via the elimination of love handles.  I’m willing […]
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 […]
10/06/2017

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 […]
03/22/2017

Will Your Wants Drive You to the Path of Your Hopes and Dreams?

The trick in teaching is give students just enough information to do an activity. Where they have to apply knowledge to a situation they / friend / or stranger will likely experience.    Their job is to figure out —  a)     What is the wise thing to do? b)     What did I learn from this………………? In other words, the student internalizes the experience / problem / situation and because they are not emotionally involved they come up with an answer as […]
01/11/2017
Student Extra Credit

Here is an Extra Credit Assignment for Your Students

I love to give students options to improve their grade by assigning voluntary extra credit projects. I have often seen that students who are not the best at participating in class are willing to do extra assignments to help improve their grade. Whenever I create an extra credit project, I intend for it to be something students will have to be creative about and put in time and thought. This particular assignment works well for the individual student, but I […]

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