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 […]
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 […]
04/17/2019

Q/A: To Eat or Not to Eat

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:  During the Thanksgiving season the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged the “U.S. consumers not to eat any Romaine lettuce, retailers and restaurants not to serve or sell any” until the current E. Coli outbreak is resolved.  This was on the local and national news for several days.  Two weeks later I didn’t […]
02/20/2019

Q/A: Are We Becoming Too Quick to be Offended? Baby it’s Cold Outside

I like to begin class with a Q/A. A Q/A is a question or ideas to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A: Are we becoming people who are too quick to be offended? The 2018 Christmas controversy was a song that has been in the standard rotation of Christmas classics replayed each December on car radios and in the malls. Baby, it’s Cold Outside was written by a prolific Broadway composer in 1944.  The song won an Academy Award […]
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.  […]
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 […]
02/01/2018

Are You Jealous? You decide!

  Here is an activity where you can pose this simple question to your students the first few minutes of Health Class. Project this on the board or give your students a copy. Ask your students to consider if they ever think these thoughts or have acted them out. Jealousy is a health issue. It leads to unhappy, depressed and lonely people. This information can lead to a discussion if they see evidence of it at school, at home, in […]
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.  […]

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