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"The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next."

- Abraham Lincoln


Before you make up your mind, open it!




Break on top, then improve your position




Just Another Brobdingnagian Website at its Best


The classical musical conductor, Herbert Von Karajan, 

climbed into a taxi and, to the driver's question, 

"Where to?" replied,

"It doesn't matter. I've got something going on everywhere."



Start Here, Go Anywhere




To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson




Website Cover Page

Mission Message


"The more you know, the less you need"

-Aborigines saying



“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed.”

-Michael Jordan




Babes in the Darkling Woods

21st Century Skills in the Classroom



There is a gap today between what students are taught in school and the skills and knowledge required in the 21st century workplace.


University of Jupiter


Teacher Preparation Programs for the 21st Century

 Away from the gravitational pull of bureaucratic overload



Shelf Life

The Best of the Best Read-Alouds

Grades Pre-K- Grades 3


Bookworms Move the Earth!



Leave Herbert Alone -Whitney

There's an Alligator Under My Bed-Mayer

My Lucky Day-Kasza

Rat and Tiger-Kasca

Lily's Purple Plastic Purse= Henkes

Tops and Bottoms-Stevens

Duck on a Bike-Shannon

Knuffle Bunny-Williams

Sleeping Ugly-Yolen

Those Darn Squirrels-Rubin


Robot Zot-Scieszka

Wait, No Paint-Whatley

Three Silly Billies-Palatini

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild-Brown

Guji Guji- Chen

Toll-Bridge Troll-Wolff

Dragon Gets By- Pilkey

Barf Burger Baby-Danziger

Gator Gumbo-Fleming

Emmet's Pig-Stolz


Monsters Eat Whiny Children-Kaplan

John Patrick Norman McHennesy-Burningham

The Big Orange Splot-Pinkwater

Two Bad Ants-Van Allsburg

I Need My Monster-Noll

The Dunderheads-Fleischman

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? -Yolen & Teague


Avoid Extinction

Read !



Three Corner Shot



A Proposed Action Plan

Academia, Corporate America, and District Schools Collaborate to Align School Curriculum with the Demands of the 21st Century Workplace


The enemy of conventional wisdom is the march of events



Lot's Hometown

What’s wrong with the American educational system?


Typical administrative thinking:

If your head is in the oven and your feet are in the freezer, than on average you are fine


1. A crazy-quilt of less than competent local school boards.

2. Focusing on standards, assessments, and individual growth while ignoring collective capacity.

3. The US educational system draws from the lowest 30% of the university graduating class.

Top performing countries like Finland and Singapore and top performing cities like Shanghai draw from the top 30%.

4. The quality of an educational system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers.

5. If educational leaders kicked the person repsonsible for their problems they wouldn't sit down for a week.


What happens when you use rust remover on “No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top?” 

They disappear!


"There's no education in the second kick of a mule"

-Sam Rayburn


White Glove Inspection


All About Program Evaluation



Chalk and Cheese


As different as chalk and cheese



The Promise vs Deliverables of Technology



Cows Are Made of Steaks

The Value of Deductive Reasoning



Whited Sepulchres



Attention: Rahm Emanuel of Chicago


The Scandal at the Top Of America's Third-Largets School System



"Woe unto you, scribes and pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward but are within full of dead person's bones, and of all uncleanness."

-Matthew 23:27



The Director's Chair


Curriculum Directors and Their World


Calling for more testing to improve student learning is like trying to make the sheep fatter by weighing them more often


"Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true."

— Francis Bacon


An Aggregator Opines


Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken


"Make it not like anything else. Rather, make it become the thing that all else is like."
Jay Cocks



The Lady or the Tiger

Proactive Readers Earn their Stripes

(Grades 5 and 6)




a. Cover Page

c. The Lady, or the Tiger


How do you keep your readers in suspense?

I'll tell you tomorrow.




What Good Readers Do!

(All Grades)


"Every time you read, you are teaching yourself how to read."

-Maria Montessori



If you read 15 minutes every night... at the end of the year you will have read one million words.



Write On!

Hyperlinks to Help your Writing

(Grades 4 and up)


    "I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train."

-Oscar Wilde


The most effective assessments are writing-based


Some of the worst analogies, metaphors and similes ever written by students...


"The little boat gently drifted across a pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't."

"He was a tall as a six foot-three inch tree."

"The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after the Dr on a Dr Pepper can."

"She grew on him like she was a colony of E. Coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef."

"Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever."

"He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River."



Do Nothing 'Till You Hear From Me

The Only Descriptive Writing Lesson Your Second Graders Will Ever Need


The main thing is to try to keep the main thing the main thing.



“How can I know what I think until I see what I say?”
-E.M. Foster


Choose your topic wisely

Writing about perfume is like dancing about architecture



Hoverboarding Through the Magellanic Cloud


Star Bright Ideas about Solving Math Word Problems


"The task is not…so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about which everybody sees"

.-Erwin Schrodinger



Winston Churchill and the King's English

What We Can Learn From His Writings and Speeches

(Grades 10 and up)

Never read your media
Just weigh it

"We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender." 


"Don't wait for orders from headquarters. Mount your horses and ride to the sound of battle."










To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In light of your failure in 2012 to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.


Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except North Dakota , which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:


The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary').

Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.'

July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse.

All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.

You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French Fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.



You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of sissies).



Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America . Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.

You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God Save the Queen!




"Remember gentlemen, it is not just France we are fighting for, it's champagne"

-Winston Churchill






Maximilist Minimelism

Cheat Sheets


Best Teaching Practices


The size of a plan is inversely related to the quality of action and the impact upon student learning.


“Perfection is reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery


It's easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting

Exercise deliberate reflective practice!





Six Hundred Miles of Elbow Room

Lesson Plans for the Study of Antarctica



Book Marks


Teachers and Librarians Choose Favorite Read-Aloud Books

(Grades K - 5)



"The best is good enough."

-Ken Norton



"You may have tangible wealth untold:

Cachets of jewels and coffers of gold.

Richer than I you can never be-

I had a parent who read to me."

-Strickland Gillilan


Demystifying the Reading Process


The Master Keys of Literacy


Mysterious is the last refuge for people with no secrets



Da Vinci Decode

What Teachers Can Learn from the Master


 “He that ruleth his spirit is greater than he who conquers a city.”

Proverbs 16:32



In-House Professional Development is the New Normal



The Intriguers

Education's Best Kept Secrets


“Still in education?”
“I’m a textbook publisher now.”
“Who with?”
“Judkins & Judkins”
“Who do you prefer? Judkins or Judkins?”
“Judkins, emphatically.”

-Anthony Powell


Rocket Sled to Maui

Accelerated Programs for Elementary Students


"It is not because things are difficult that we donot dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult."

-Lucius Annaesus Seneca



Let's Get Engaged

All About Motivation in the Classroom




Mr. Balfour's Poodle



Early in the last century, the British House of Lords was referred to as the "Watchdog of the Constitution." Lloyd George quipped that it was in fact "Mr Balfour's poodle" (Arthur Balfour was Conservative leader in the House of Commons).

How does this relate to today's educational landscape?

Click and discover.



Boolean Magic

Surveying the Latest

Interactive Educational Software



Step Aside Shallow Waters

(Let the Deep Sea Roll)


 Universal Design for Learning

Effectual Learning Software for Blind-Deaf Students

The Mission: remove barriers to learning for the deaf and blind. 

Visit: (   



Smart in Any Setting - Internet Literacy

Internet Literacy

Four Module Unit

A Hybrid Model

Good in the classroom, good for online teaching as well!




Smart in Any Setting - Creating Research Questions

Internet Literacy Module 1




Smart in Any Setting - Keyword Search Strategies

Internet Literacy Module 2



Smart in Any Setting - Evaluating Websites

Internet Literacy Module 3




Smart in Any Setting - Webpage Literacy

Internet Literacy Module 4




Smart in Any Setting- Reference Citing

Internet Literacy Module 5




Formica Forever

Common Core Skeptics Are Stuck with the Status Quo


Betsy Devos

Enough Said


When the finger points to the problem the bureaucrat will study the finger




It's Trad, Dad



The Perenniel Issue of Teacher Tenure


There is a strong correlation between the inability to fire incompetent teachers and the overreliance on standardized tests.


Accountability must be found somewhere!


Dance to the Music of the Spheres

Teaching Science

in the

Elementary Grades


"The wonder is, not that the field of stars is so vast, but that man has measured it"

-Anatole France


Romantic composers prepared the ground for the totalitarian politicians: Both dealt with the illusions people have about themselves as individuals and as nations.  These delusions were stronger than reality.

-Charles McCarry



A Thousand Splendid Suns


A Lively Canon of Classroom Strategies




Find Your Beach!


Cable Car to the Stars


Reflecting on Best Online Teaching Practices



Musings of a Distracted Mind

All About the Semicolon



"Never Give a Clown a Pie"


"Never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut"

-Dwight D. Eisenhower



Hahanai Mai

Two Writing Ideas for the Price of One



Critiquing Writing Samples


A First Grade Writing Starter


The ear is the best writer


"When you're done, you've just begun"


"But words are things, and any small drop of ink, falling like dew upon thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think."

-Lord Byron

"A girl asked a boy if she was pretty. He said 'No.' She asked him if he wanted to be with her forever. He said 'No.' She then asked him if he would cry if she walked away. He again said 'No.' She decided she had heard too much. She felt that she needed to leave. As she walked away, he took her arm and asked her to stay. He said, 'You’re not pretty, you’re beautiful. I don’t want to be with you forever, I need to be with you forever. I wouldn’t cry if you walked away. I would die.' "


  "The difference between the right word and  the almost right word is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."
- Mark Twain


Choose Your Words Carefully

Take the 'L' out of LOVER and its OVER!



Dustup in Pocatello

Decibel Readers to Control Students?


Kangaroo Pockets

Who's Getting the Lion's Share of School Funding?


"For unto everyonethat hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he hath"

-Matthew 26:29



Structure and Sequence


Lesson Planning



Valuable Tips

for the

Teacher and Learner

(Grades 1 & Way Up)


Wicked Smart Without the Wicked Hard




The Wisdom of Wonder

Teaching Wonder


There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.”

G.K. Chesterton


“Some people feel the rain; others just get wet.”
-Bob Marley


 Why is abbreviation such a long word?        


"When Alexander saw the extent of his kingdom he wept, for there were no more world's to conquer."









Marmalade Skies

Folk Tales and Fairy Tales From Around the Globe

(Grades K-5)


"All Geese are Swans"

"Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."

-G. K. Chesterton




  Cash in the Attic

A Brainy Bounty of Study Strategies


Capital Ideas

(Grades 5 and 6)



“If you want to know what God thinks of money just look at the people He gave it to.”
-Dorothy Parker






Euclid, having opened a school of mathematics at Alexandria, was asked by King Ptolemy whether he could not explain his art to him in a more compendious manner.

“Sir,” said the geometrician, “there is no royal road to learning."


Study depends on the good will of the student, a quality which cannot be secured by compulsion




Study Smarter, Not Harder!



Deep Yogurt

"Suspicious" Test Results Lead to Indictment of School Superintendent Beverly Hall


“If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out”
-Oscar Wilde


There is something about a closet that makes a skeleton terribly restless!


“Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue”

-Le Rochefoucauld


You can ignore reality but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality



Cross Tie Walker


Trans Continental Railroad is the Context for a Basic Math Exercise




Parachuting From the Asteroid Belt


Democratic Socialists View of Education


Tuition free colleges?

The only free cheese is in a mousetrap


Attention Bernie and Alexandria !!

"The main problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money"

-Margaret Thatcher




Thursday's Child 

High Interest, Low Vocabulary Book Compilation

(Grades 1 & Up)


Monday's child is fair of face, Tuesday's child is full of grace, Wednesday's child is full of woe, Thursday's child has far to go.



Fraction SubTraction

Get a Grip on Fractions with a Hands-On Game

(3rd Grade)


"Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words."

-St. Francis of Assissi

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried

– G. K. Chesterton



"I Am That"

Interesting to note that all pro-choice advocates have already been born



Intelligent Design

What Successful Classrooms Look Like!



Teachers are designers
 We need to ask and answer the following questions before commencing a lesson:

What is essential for students to know and be able to do?
What is important for students to know and do?
What is nice to know?  What is worth being familiar with?



Pedogogical Profferings

Teaching Lessons

What Successful Teachers Do!


"Focus and simplicity have been my mantras. Simple is harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there you can move mountains."

-Steve Jobs

"To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time"

- Leonard Bernstein


What makes a learning task rigorous?

You can’t go somewhere for the answer.
Your brain will have to think about how it will think
When you see the assignment your brain must say, “Wait - what?”


When a chef tastes the soup that's a formative exam. When the guests taste the soup that's summative!


Student Demonstration Time

Assessing Twenty-First Century Skills in the Classroom


"Unbelievable: I like totally forgot how to write with a pen."



Lions for Lambs

Help for the Struggling Reader

Teaching Reading Is Rocket Scienc

German is the only language lions understand

-Charles McCarry



New Stars Arise

To Support the New Literacy



Aspects of Saturn

Instructional Design



The Burgeoning Field of Instructional Design

Allows Teachers to Apply Pedagogical Skills

in High Corporate Settings


Student: Is the focus of Instructional Design on instruction or learning?

Professor: Yes


Positive Behavior Support

School-Wide Disciplinary Model


"Never write when you can say. Never say when you can whisper. Never whisper when you can nod. Never nod when you can wink."

"Save the Drama for Mama"


Babylon Revisited

Introducing Science Vocabulary in Science Lessons



Through the Looking Glass

Utilizing Back Design

in Creating

Science Lessons


"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards"

- Soren Kierkegard


Starry Starry Night


100 Amazing Online Tools to Learn About Outer Space



Celestial Ideas

Salute to Adventureres


Any subject can be taught to any child at any stage of development if it is presented in the proper manner.

-Jerome Bruner


"There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors."

-Jim Morrison


"The reasonable person adapts himself to the world;

The unreasonable person adapts the world to himself.

Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable person.

-George Bernard Shaw



Sunrise on Venus

Kindergartners Study Engineering



Power Lunch On Pluto

Algebra in Kindergarten


Other Celestial Ideas



I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.


Jovian Slingshot

Trigonometry Games for Elementary Kids



Slingshot paths are called Gravity Assist Trajectories. They use the gravity and motion of planets to pull a spacecraft into a new path


Approaching Alpha Centauri

Teaching Physics in the Primary Grades

Resistence is not futile. It’s voltage divided by current.


After Bertrand Russell finished his lecture on the universe’s origins, an elderly lady said, “Mr. Russell, you have this all wrong.  The earth is flat and is held up by a giant elephant that is standing on a turtle’s shell.”
Mr. Russell responded, “And who madam is supporting the turtle?” The lady answered, “It’s turtles straight down.”


Betelgeuse Diaries

Biotechnology in the Elementary Schools


Heaven's Above

Astrophysics for 7th Graders


Conserve Energy

It's the law !


Interstellar Prescriptions

School's Groundbreaking Pre-Med Program Begins in 6th Grade



Skateboarding on Olympus Mons

Microbiology in Elementary School


Olympus Mons is the highest mountain in the solar system

This Martian volcano is 88,600 feet tall


Aloha From Mercury

Hot Topics

Anthropology and Archeology in the Primary Grades


*See Parallex View, Thirty Seconds from Mars, and High Voltage for additional visionary musings


Day Trip to Ganymede

Futuristic Best Teaching Practices for Online Learning



Safari to the Sunflower Galaxy

Education Reimagined

Calculus in the Third Grade


Ascendance of Neptune

Calculus in the Fourth Grade

Neptune is a Bridge to All Things Mysterious 




Epsilon Eridanian Dreams

Teaching Economics to Kindergartners


How to run a successful thoroughbred racetrack in the 1950's

Open the gates at 11 and count the money at 7


Galactic Coffehouse


Teaching Philosophy in the Elementary Grades


Locally Owned at the Exact Center of the Universe



Antares Standard Time

Biochemistry and Genetics


Fifth Graders



Passengers to Uranus


The Common Core Controversy

Critics of Common Core are climbing aboard the wrong flight, embarking on a bad trip, and headed for a scary destination


A Jake of Jedi

Educators' Knight Out


Value Added

Teaching Logic in the Elementary Grades


"Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points they almost always win."

-Doug Collins


Irvin Cobb’s Three Reasons for Not Going to a Party

“Number one is that I haven’t been invited. Which makes the other two academic.”


Who would you rather fight?

One horse-sized duck
One hundred duck-sized horses?



Lochinvar Rides Again

Teaching Values in School

"O young Lochinvar is come out of the west,
Through all the wide Border his steed was the best;
And save his good broadsword he weapons had none,
He rode all unarm'd, and he rode all alone.
So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war,
There never was knight like the young Lochinvar

-Sir Walter Scott


Madeline Explains It All

Teaching French in the Elementary Grades


To possess another language is to possess another soul.





(Second to None)

Teaching Latin in Elementary School




(Greek’s Not So Tough)

Teaching Greek in the Early Grades


President James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other- at the same time!



Saber-Tooth Chronicles

Teaching Paleontology

in the

Elementary Grades




Jung Ideas

Teaching Psychology in the Elementary Grades


A Fresh Coat of Paint

Teaching Art History to Kindergartners


Saggitarius Rising

Triple Stars

Teaching Astronomy, Architecture, and Geology in Elementary School



Beyond Paradise

Teaching Botany in the Elementary Grades



Orpheus Descending

Hydraulic Fracturing?

Not in My Backyard


Twenty Million Miles to Earth


Teaching Chemistry to Kids

See Rader's CHEM4KIDS!


The Brainy Bunch

All About Information Processing






Cueing Gemini

Collaborative Interaction of Paired Learners

Can Improve Retention Rates, Critical Thinking, Appreciation of Diversity

and Development of Social and Professional Skills


When one teaches two learn


A problem shared is a problem halved




Deictic Days

New Literacy Approaches for the Technological Age


"Just because our students are able to cruise through the Internet with speed and what looks like skill doesn’t mean they know what they are doing"
—Sara Kajder


Internet Literacy Tonight

Utilize the Past, Challenge the Present, Design the Future


Technology Origami

The Technology Revolution


Its Effect on Learning


Text Me a Merry Christmas


What impact would a pencil have on education if you had to go to a pencil lab to use it?

Support One Computer Tablet or Chromebook for Every Child


One Stop Shop

Technology Services


Aces and Eights

Dynamic Technology Is Available for Third Graders


Hitting the publish button on a blog or wiki might just be the beginning, and not the end of reading, writing, and math



Participation, Collaboration, Distribution, Feedback



Barking Spiders

Classroom Management through Attention Grabbing Instruction


"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion"

- Ethiopean Motto


Postcards from Portugal

Inqury-Based Science Teaching


First plan your work,

Then work your plan;

If you do it's awfully simple,

If you don't it's simply awful.


Heisenberg is out for a drive when he's stopped by a traffic cop. The cop says 'Do you know how fast you were going?' Heisenberg says 'No, but I know where I am.' 


Science Fiction

Claims that Educators are Succefully Preparing Students for Science Careers May be Overstated


For the Great, Death Dies


A Philosophic Sampler



Brain Research and its Ramifications


The Classroom



Educational Approaches


"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

-Henry David Thoreau


Research Strategies

Search and Employ Missions


Parrot Colors

Wiki's Many Shades


Pit Bulls, Whipped Cream and Ferris Wheels

All About Inferences


Requiem for a Heavyweight

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity states that nothing can travel faster than light (186, 000 miles per second). Steven Jay Hawking, a Big Bang booster, says that in the first 100 seconds after the Big Bang, space stuff from the “explosion” traveled 18 trillion miles. That breaks down to a speed of 180 billion miles per second.
So what’s wrong with this picture – the Theory of Relativity or the Theory of the Big Bang?



Boot Camp

Learn About the Digital Generation's

Fascination With All Things Technological.

And Learn How to Leverage this Interest in the Classroom.


Facebook Nation with more than 1 billion inhabitants is now the third most populous country on Earth behind China and India



Parallax View

New Angles on Teaching Geometry in the Primary Grades


Thirty Seconds from Mars

Teaching Data Analysis to Kindergartners


High Voltage

Crunching the Numbers

Primary Schoolers Tackle Probability


Lettermarking for Arcady

Ecological Science Lessons


Get the Government Involved

Light Footprints


Elementary Schools Promote Activities that Sustain the Environment



"The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask."

- Nancy Newhall

If you are not at the table then you are on the menu !


The Redwoods

Joseph B. Strauss


Here, sown by the Creator's hand.
In serried ranks, the Redwoods stand:
No other clime is honored so,
No other lands their glory know.

The greatest of Earth's living forms,
Tall conquerors that laugh at storms;
Their challenge still unanswered rings,
Through fifty centuries of kings.

The nations that with them were young,
Rich empires, with their forts far-flung,
Lie buried now-their splendor gone:
But these proud monarchs still live on.

So shall they live, when ends our days,
When our crude citadels decay;
For brief the years allotted man,
But infinite perennials' span.

This is their temple, vaulted high,

And here, we pause with reverent eye,
With silent tongue and awestruck soul;
For here we sense life's proper goal:

To be like these, straight, true and fine,
to make our world like theirs, a shrine;
Sink down, Oh, traveler, on your knees,
God stands before you in these trees.





Notes from the Geosphere

Earth Science Lesson,

With Models

Protect our Planet

It's the only one with chocolate!


"Reunite Pangaea"


*MOODLE for Mastery

Surveys Empower Teachers

to Improve

Their Science Instruction

*(Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment)

Life Lines

Noteworthy Interactive Websites


Science Learners


Dudley Do Write's

Rules for Writing

What Good Writers Do Right


Rule #1 "Burn all the which's - use that instead!"


Elmore Leonard's Rules for Writing

"Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip."

"If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."



Face East: The Shanghai Express is Arriving

Teaching for Mastery

The "why" comes before the "how" in Math



Eye Opening Article


Chinese Child-Rearing


"He who gives me burdens also gives me shoulders."

-President Jimmy Carter


Raise chickens, Rear children!


Beyond Power Point

Web 2.0 Presentation Tools


Working Class

Test Taking Strategies






Split Ends

Double Dynamite

Story Frames and Character Journals

Two Paths to the Same Language Arts Goals


“Everything we know as writers we knew as readers first.”

-Katie Ray


Safety in Numbers


Singapore Math


You can transport the curriculum but can you transpose the culture?




Muscular Math

What Good Math Students Practice!


"New from accounting. Two and two is four again."


All Ashore for Singapore

More Math Teaching Strategies


Math in Nature


The Dahlia is a Perfect Example of Radial Symmetry




  Apples and Oranges


Same Goals Alternating Methods


Students Displaying Mastery of Times Tables




Black Cat Crossing

How Girls and Boys Learn Differently


"In the night all cats are black"

-Winston Churchill



Science Versus Myth


Avoid Faulty Premises!

Patient: "Doc, my brother thinks he's a chicken."

Doctor: "Have you considered getting him professional help?"

Patient: "I would, but we need the eggs."




Sunshine is the best disinfectant




Past Perfect

Memory Enhancement Techniques

(5th Grade)



Notre Dame Cathedral Rose Window


When Albert Einstein was asked what his phone number was he answered, ”I
don’t know, I never call myself.”







 Arrow Narrow

Finely Focused Lessons

(Grades 1-3)



International Byline


Where Do You Want to Go Today?


  The Global Classroom 

Multidirectional Communication Blogs

Between Teachers, Students and Parents 

(All Grades)



Kids Rule

Math Hints for Kids, by Kids

(Grades 3 - 5)





"Be Realistic, Pursue the Impossible!"



Hard Candy

The Best Math Games

 Ever Invented

(Grades  K- 12)




Above the Fold



Teaching Tools

(Grades 3 and up)




Don't read the words, read the world!




"Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.”

-Gore Vidal




The newspaper that you're reading is rubbish.



Equity and Access


 We all live downstream!


"No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive."
-Mahatma Gandhi




Dolphins in a Tree

Getting the Gifted

Back in the Educational Swim


“A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage.”

-William Blake


"I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone." 
-John F. Kennedy, in an address to Nobel Prize winners




Knock On Any Door

Potpourri of Websites


Children's Poems

(All Grades)


"Imaginary gardens with real toads in them."  

~Marianne Moore's definition of poetry



Never Order Fish in a Steakhouse

Write About What You Know Best

(All Grades)



"My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people."

-Orson Welles



Electrifying Facts

A Highly Charged Review Exercise

(4th Grade)


"Sparks Fly Upward"

-Stewart Granger



The Way Grass Likes Rain

The Greening of Children's Theater

Play Scripts



(Grades 4 - 8)



Weapons of Mass Instruction

The  Standards-based Classroom

in the 21st Century

(Teacher Notes)


"Learning is what most adults will do in the 21st Century."

-S. J. Perleman




Innovations in Education

(Teacher Notes)


"The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it"



Nero Fiddles

“Art is a lie that tells the truth”



Cutbacks in the Arts, 

and the

  Effect on Students

(Teacher Notes)


"Ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in River City."

-The Music Man


"Those who danced were thought odd

by those who could not 

hear the music."

-Angela Monet


FThe art teacher stopped at little Susie's desk.

"What are you drawing?" asked the teacher.

"I'm drawing God" answered Susie.

"But Susie, nobody knows what God looks like" responded the teacher.

"They will in a few minutes" answered Susie.


The sonatas of Mozart are unique; they are too easy for children and too difficult for adults

country song in reverse, a"Sin"Sing a

country song in reverse, and y
ett g a country song in re"Sing a country song in reverse,
and you will quickly recover your car, huse, and wife." Buffett "verse, d you will quicr car, house, and wife." Buffett nd you will quickly recover your car, house, and wife.u mhing beautiful remains behind!

Shakespeare at the Newsstand

Create Headline-Grabbing  Topic Titles

(Grade 6)


“When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain”

-William Shakespeare



Pin Drops 


Students Listen Up as They Learn to Listen

(5th Grade)


"I heard you twice the first time."

-Branford Marsalis


“I can’t hear what you are saying because what you are doing speaks so loudly”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Alleys are the Footnotes of Avenues

The Homeschooling Controversy

(Teacher Notes)


"It's not that they can't see the solution. It's that they can't see the problem."

-G. K. Chesterton


Don't Raise Your Voice, Improve Your Argument


Prince Prigio

A Victorian Folktale


“He bought some kind of Balkan throne for a penniless pretender whom he met in a speakeasy. Afterwards, he often referred to “my valet, my chauffeur and my king.”  
-Ayn Rand – “The Fountainhead”



Success Aids


Fast Finishers

(All Grade Levels)


Poetry in Motion

Poetic Scaffolds


Struggling Writers

(Grades 2 and 3)


Learn to make your words glitter and glow, scintillate and sparkle


"The crushed strawberries of ice cream soda places, the night wind in cottonwoods and willows, the lattice shadows of doorsteps and porches, these know more of the story."

-Carl Sandburg



Just Say Know

What Successful Learners Do!

Protect Hard Work!


Cadillac Plan

Strategies for Optimal Student Behavior


"It’s not enough to do our best; 

sometimes we have to do what’s required."

-Winston Churchill


Eat, Sleep,Study, Exercise, Repeat


Plaid, Calico and Canvas

The Fabric


Jack London's World

(Seventh Grade)


"Books Do Furnish a Room"

-Anthony Powell


How to Avoid Getting Statistically Snookered

"Torture numbers and they will confess to anything"

-Gregg Easterbrook


An Interview


Dr. Gerald Bracey


Neighbor Zeke sez half the people he knows are above average


Swiss Watch, Diamond Movements

Trophy Lessons

The Best


The Best


“If you can’t afford to go first class save up and go next year"

-Conrad Hilton


The Mark of the Beast

A Kipling Tale

(Ninth Grade)

"An epic in miniature proportions."


The Monkey's Paw

Enigma Variation

(Sixth Grade)


Seven League Boots

A Children's Classic



Booth Tarkington's Americana

(Sixth Grade)




A Retreived Reformation

A Character Study

(Eighth Grade)


Thundering Fleas

Not All School Boards Are Created Equal



Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet were sitting around the table at a restaurant. The waiter asked what she wished to order. "I'll have steak," said Mrs. Thatcher. "What about the vegetables?" asked the waiter. "Yes, they'll have steak too" replied Mrs. Thatcher.


Random Walks

How School Philosophies Differ

(Teacher Notes)


Put a good teacher in a bad system and the system will win every time


"The foundation of all great civilizations is loitering."

-Jean Renoir

"Come to the root of the root of yourself."



"Love, Live, Pray, Think, Dare"


"To be Irish is to know that in the end the world will break your heart."

-John F. Kennedy


Secrets of the Lyceum

Demystifying the Learning Process


"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

-Thomas Edison


An academic professor was shown around a highly effective school and at the end of the tour said, "That's all well and good but will it work in theory?"


Think of Reform in System-wide Terms !

Beware of Piecemeal Solutions in Education.

School District KCMSD, in Kansas City Missouri, made 2 billion dollars in additional funds available over the following decade. These funds went to state-of-the art facilities, large salary increases for all employees, reduced class size, new programs for at-risk students, before-and-after schools programs, and new computers. After assessing the results on learning, it was found that the 2 billion resulted in no gains in student achievement.

In 1996 the Governor of California passed legislation reducing the class size to 20 students or less. It cost billions of dollarls and there is no evidence that it had a positive impact on student learning.



General Issue Blues

Differentiating Textbooks at the Elementary School Level

(School Board Notes)


"Allowing publishing houses to determine a school system's texts is like three wolves and a sheep voting on who's for dinner."


Playing to Learn

A Guest Editorial


Sleepers Awake ?

Post tenebris, lux

"After darkness, light."


The Voucher Controversy

A Growing Number of People Outside the Public School Systems are Realizing


Competition is Good

(Community Notes)


99 % of lobbyists give the rest a bad name!



Reptilian Languor 

The Fate of Teacher Unions


Forces Beyond their Control, as well as Hubris, and the Presumption of their Own Strength

Resulted in the Dinosaurs' Extinction.

Will Teacher Unions Meet the Same Fate?



The plaintiffs are talking biblical principle. The union is talking cash.


“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

- Charles Darwin


"We made a desert and called it peace."



Deflatable Giraffe


The United Federation of Teachers

Face A Choice

Increased Teacher Benefits and Unlimited Job Security or Quality Education?

(Editorial Reflections)


"Trapped in time. Surrounded by reformers. Low on gas."

“For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.”

-Hosea 8:7




Casablanca Without Bogart

The Year Round School Controversy


Why Do Taxpayers Allow Schools to Stay Closed Every Other Day?

(180 Day School Year)

A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma


"It's a mystery. Broken into a jigsaw puzzle. Wrapped in a conundrum. Hidden in a Chinese box.


"Only three people...have ever really understood the Schleswig-Holstein business—the Prince Consort, who is dead—a German professor, who has gone mad—and I, who have forgotten all about it."

-Lord Palmerston


Bricks Without Straw


Science, Math and the Teacher Brain Drain

Are High School Teachers Up to the Job?


"Beware of the young doctor and the old barber"

-Ben Franklin


"I'd rather die of thirst than drink from the cup of mediocrity."

- Stella Artois


High Popalorim

Education as a Political Football


If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there



Mayor de Blasio


"It only takes a jackass to knock down a barn but it takes a carpeneter to build one."

-Sam Rayburn


Low Popahirum

The Bilingual Education Controversy


"Never confuse the public interest with what interests the public."

-Oscar Wilde


“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and the government when it deserves it.”
-Mark Twain


Attention Sarah Palin!


Jesus was a Community Activist; Pontius Pilate was a Governor



“If we could tax politicians’clichés we could balance the budget.”

-Tom Freidman


Trouble in Paradise

Strategies for Dealing


Significant Maladaptive Behavior


"Wag More, Bark Less"


Full Moon and High Tide

Frequent Classroom Disruptions

The Solution


"Smile like a believer holding four aces."

-Mark Twain


Double Occupancy

A Pair


Singapore Style Math Lessons


"Just Deux It!"




Reading Dyad

Two Effective Approaches to Reading



Four Merry Conceits



Paul Bremmer


Don't Just Do Something, Stand There


"If idiots could fly this place would be an airport"



Parents and Teachers

Go Together Like a Horse and Jockey



East of the Moon

Writing Lesson



"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly"

-Lauren Bacall


"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."


Commas Save Lives!

Let's eat grandma

Lets eat, grandma



Tender Mercies

  Rules and Procedures


“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”

- James Baldwin


"Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up."

G.K. Chesterton


Reflections in a Double Latte

A Masterful Experience

"The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness."

- Michel de Montaigne 




Educational Research





The MIT Research Lab


"Eternity is very long, especially towards the end"

-Woody Allen



Effective, Persuasive, Opinionated Writing


"If the people lead, the politicians will follow"

-Jubilation T. Cornpone


The First Rough Draft of History

Political Cartoons as Teaching Devices


"Stop Repeat Offenders. Don't Reelect Them"


"History repeats itself. First as tragedy, second as farce."

-Karl Marx


"While history does not repeat itself, it often rhymes"

-Mark Twain


"Anyone capable of getting themselves elected to public office should on no account be allowed to serve."

-Douglas Adam




Salad Days for Second Handers

The Convoluted Path


Firing Incompetent Teachers

Why the Law of Effect will never go away




"You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go."

-Oliver Cromwell


"If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose," the Walrus said,
"That they could get it clear?"

-Lewis Carroll


Its easier to ask for forgiveness than to seek prior approval



Head of an Accountant, Heart of a Dancer

An Education Administrator Who Matters




(Head of a Dancer, Heart of an Accountant)




An Adminsitrator Who Doesn't Matter


A Slow Learner



Dream Teams

Share, Care and Learn


Group Tasks and Procedures

(Grades 4 - 6)








A Thread of Blue Denim

The School Unifrom Controversy


"Don't celebrate the hammer because the house got built"



Royal Hunt of the Sun

 Students Go Towards the Light

 With Time Filling Activities

(Grades 1-5)

The Prodigal Sun







"Telling much. Telling too, that it conceals more."



Deleted Chapters From Earlier Editions



For every joy that passes something beautiful remains behind!


Lead Kindly Light

The Future of Parochial Schools


Moody River Metaphors


A Look at

Social Studies

The currents of history,

its tides, its ebb and flow,

determined and informed

by the topography and social


through which it courses


"There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know." 

  -President Truman






"A plateau is a high form of flattery."


Combed, Collared, Cuffed

New Professional Dress Standards Proposed


Today's Teachers

"The difference btween a parvenu in a sharkskin suit and a parvenu in a Ralph Lauren blazer is that the latter has pretensions."


Short Form Organizer

A Non Taxing Cure for Writer's Block

(All Grade Levels)



Ink Slinger's Salon

Provocative Writing Tips for Ink-Thinkers

(All Grade Levels)

"What are you doing here?"

"You invited me for the weekend. Don't you remember?"

"But how could you be so cruelly literal?"

-Oxford Aesthete




 Writer Redux

Time-Tested Strategies for the Emerging Writer

(8th and 9th Grades)



"I'm not an author, but before I became mayor I wasn't a mayor either."

-Ed Koch 



Res gestae, res futurae 

"Things past, things future"





The Thousand and Second Night

Proofreaders Take a Magic Carpet Ride

(Grades 4 - 6)





Rubric Nation

Creative Writing Rubrics

Content and Mechanics

(Grades 3 - 5)


"Reading makes a full person, listening a ready person, and writing an exact person."

-Saul Bellow


Tell A Vision

Visualize, Verbalize, Write!

(Grades 3 and 4)


The Play's the Thing

How to Write a Play


10 Steps!

(Grades 3-5)



Rules of Engagement

Classroom Goals


The New Millennium

(All Grades)


"Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time."

-Rabindranath Tagore



Hurt no living thing    
   Ladybird, nor butterfly,
       Nor moth with dusty wing,
           Nor cricket chirping cheerily,
                Nor grasshopper so light of leap,
                Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat,
                Nor harmless worms that creep.

                 - Christina Rossetti


Action of the Tiger


(Grades 4 and up)


"Imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostrils wide.
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit.
The games afoot: follow that spirit."

-Shakespeare from Henry V



"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

-Johann von Goethe


"Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as a sheep."



 Stopwatch Legends

A Very Short, Short Division Strategy

(Grades 4 - 6)




Patient on the telephone: "Receptionist, tell the doctor I’ve only have 59 seconds to live."

Receptionist: "May I put you on hold for one minute, sir?"


Life's too short for long division



Word Problem Power Pack



It is. Are you?



Math  Strategies for the 21st Century

(Grades 6 and 7)


a. Cover Page

b. Attention Grabber

c. Strategies and Clues

d. Demonstration Problem #1

e. Demonstration Problem #2

f. Worksheet (Word Problems)


"Obvious is the most dangerous word in Mathematics."



Millions saw the apple fall, but only Newton asked why


  Jot Down, Check Out, Break Through

Concept  Mapping 


Social Studies Success

(Grades 5 and 6)


"The 19th Century belonged to the British.

The 20th Century belonged to the United States.

The 21st Century will belong to China."

-Tom Friedman


"Never cede a century to a country that messes with Google."

-Tom Friedman's grandmother


"May you live in interesting times"

-Ancient Chinese Curse



  Eagles Don't Flock



Newbery and Caldecott Awards

The  Essential Compilation

(All Grades)


a. Newbery Award Winners and Honor Books

b. Caldecott Award Winners and Honor Books


"An eagle's old age is worth a sparrow's youth."

-Boston College Motto



Butterflies and Soap Bubbles

Cross Curricular Activities 

for the 

Emergent Reader

(Grade 1)
















Fancy Free Variations

After School Learning Opportunities

An Advertisement

(All Grades)

"Elvis never left the building."




Designs for Reading

(Grades 4-6)


  How to Build a Better Tulip

 Learning Opportunities

in Reading

(All Grades)




Say it with flowers



Baby with the Bathwater

Currently Overlooked Gems


Children's Literature

(Teacher Notes)


Adventures of Isabel

Once in a night as black as pitch
Isabel met a wicked old witch.
The witch's face was cross and wrinkled,
The witch's gums with teeth were sprinkled.
Ho, ho, Isabel! the old witch crowed,
I'll turn you into an ugly toad!
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry,

Isabel didn't scream or scurry,
She showed no rage and she showed no rancor,
But she turned the witch into milk and drank her.

-Ogden Nash



Kindred Spirits

The Increasingly Important Role 


Counselors in Our Schools

(Teacher Notes)

Be who you needed when you were younger !







Escapades and Excursions

Globe Trotting Examination 


Current Educational Trends

(Teacher Notes)



"The road starts here. It never ends."








Speed Reading 

4th and 5th Grade

   Wisdom or Folly?

     (Teacher Notes)


"We're lost, but we're making good time"

-Yogi Berra




The Role


Pattern Discernment

in Math

(Teacher Notes)



Definitely Maybe

The Best Strategies


Teaching Reading

(Teacher Notes)



"However beautiful the strategy, one should occasionally look at the result."

-Winston Churchill


Friends don't let friends read junk



Do You Know Oatmeal?

Critiquing the School Cafeteria

(School Board Notes)

Grits Ain’t Groceries

"My idea of a balanced diet is chocolate in each hand"

"I went on a diet and gave up all desserts. At the end of fourteen days I found that I lost two weeks."

Remember: Desserts is Stressed spelled backwards



That'll Flat Git It

Colloquialisms and Accents in Creative Writing

(Grades 6-12)



Separated by a Common Language


The quantity of consonants in the English language is absolutely constant. If consonants are omitted in one geographic area, they turn up in another. When a Bostonian "pahks" his "cah", the lost r's migrate southwest, causing a Texan to "warsh" his car and invest in "erl wells."


“What's the difference between a buffalo and a bison?”
 “You can't wash your hands in a buffalo.”



Elvis on Velvet, Plastic Pink Flamingoes, Garden Trolls, and Airstream Trailers

Popular Culture


No Culture

in the Classroom

Where has the fine arts, performing arts and classical music gone?



"The sonatas of Mozart are unique: too easy for children, too difficult for adults.  Children are given Mozart to play because of the quantity of notes; grown ups avoid him because of the quality of notes." 
 - Artur Schnabel


“Leave we the

Unlettered plain
Its herd and crop;
Seek we
On a tall mountain.
Citied to the top,
Crowded with culture.”

-Robert Browning



Once Around The Sun

A Teacher's Year-Long Diary


Langlaufing Across Everest

Pushing the Envelope


Research-based Learning

(All Grades)


Here's What, So What, Now What?


What's New New?

The proposed Bering Straits bridge will hopefully act as a transcontinental link by land, connecting Asia, Africa and Europe with North and South America. Possible locations for the bridge (connecting the U.S. and U.S.S.R.) have been suggested, with Cape Dezhnev, Chukotka, and Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska as the most likely sites.


Chorus of Disapproval

The Campaign

to End School Activites

That Interrupt Learning


Begin by removing telephones from classrooms

Then have teachers and Special Instructors collaborate on the same lesson


Ophelia Reconsidered

Classroom Discipline

Based on

Nurturance, Altruistic Love and Kinship


Halycon’s Nest

How to Cultivate Mutual Trust in the Classroom


What Do You Hear From Walden Pond?

Fostering Healthy Chakras in Children

Body, Mind, Spirit

Communication, Relationships, Morality, Empathy, Curiosity, Creativity, Discipline


"The colors in you...are the colors in me"



Apple Polishers

The Festival that Brings the Schools, Civic Organizations, Business and Industry


to Share their Resources and Knowledge.




What McGuffey Readers Can Teach Us About Morals and Values



Too small to fail


Line of Least Resistance

Teaching Geometry

Singapore Math Style



I Sing the Body Electric

Physical Education in Our Schools

I sing the body electric
I celebrate the me yet to come
I toast to my own reunion
When I become one with the sun
And I'll look back on Venus
I'll look back on Mars
And I'll burn with the fire of ten million stars
And in time
And in time
We will all be stars

-Fame Musical


“I get my exercise being a pallbearer at the funerals of people who exercised.”
-Winston Churhill


Seven days without exercise makes one weak



Jam For Bread

Should  Musical Instrument Instruction

By Supplemental Artists


 Subsidized by Public Schools?



The Fall and Rise of the Rising Fallen

The Children the Schools Gave up On

A Solution


It is a striking coincidence that "American" ends in "I can."

-Greenville Piedmont.


"There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea."

~ T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”



Summer in the Hummer

The Best High End Private Schools in America

A Concordance


I fear nothing

I was taught by nuns




The bigger your swimming pool the less time you have to use it





Asteroid B612

Forgotten Gems of Children's Literature


Hotel Savant

Educational Think Tanks

The Best of the Best


"You can checkout but you can never leave."


"The tact of boldness consists in knowing how far one can afford to go too far.”

-Jean Cocteau


"Whenver I was about to be observed, I told the students, 'If you know the answer raise your right hand. If you don't know the answer, raise your left hand and I promise I will not call on you.' That way I had 100% participation."


Dog and Pony Shows


Do Liberal Agendas

Dominate Teacher Preparation Courses?



Psychology of a Pretzel

Simplicity is the last refuge of the complex mind


How Successful Lessons Resemble Your Favorite Snack Food




"What is it indeed that gives us the feeling of elegance in a solution, in a demonstration? It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance."

-Henri Poincare



Mozart would sometimes compose music such that if you could take the musical and turn it upside down you'd read in it what is in effect a mirror image and hear another beautiful piece.



Symmetry is a complexity-reducing concept; seek it everywhere!



Sunglasses After Dark

Exactly Who is Lobbying For and Against Education?



David Piccioli

"Those are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others."
  -Groucho Marx



"Thy public leaders are the locusts, their cohorts as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are."

- Nahum 3:17


"I can squeeze you in between my public apology and my book deal."


Boots on the Ground

Select Strategies

to Encourage

Community Involvement


Our Schools


The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

How Can Education's Embattled Factions be Brought Together?





That Hopey Changey Thing

A distinction without a difference

Is "Race to the Top's" Prominence

Due to the Flatness of the Ground Around It?


0 to 60 in 15 minutes


"An evangelist came into town and was so good even Huck Finn was saved until Tuesday."

-Mark Twain


Dim Bulbs, Dull Tools



Would you buy a used car from these people?





Outré Is As Outré Does

Why Montessori Works

Everything You Need to Know About Montessori Education



Fourth Book of a Trilogy

What's Next

After "A Nation at Risk", "No Child Left Behind" and "Race to the Top",


Striving for complexity and achieving clutter


"If you're not first, your last"

-Talladega Nights


"Don't forget to sing in the lifeboats."


Eleven is the New Twelve

What's the Problem with "Everyday Math?"


Too Many Strategy Choices Before Mastery!*

*AKA - Retroactive Interference


"The formula two plus two equals five is not without its attraction"

-Fyodor Dostoevsky

Grace and Favor

The Charter School Story

Meets you where you are and takes you where you want to be



Teacher's Pets

Do Pets in the Classroom Have a Salutary Effect on Learning?


Dogs have masters

Cats have staff


"Cats look down on us. Dogs look up to us. Pigs treat us as equals."

-Winston Churchill



Are You Up For the Ride of Your Life?



If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

-Rudyard Kipling


An odd thing, sometimes, life



Learn, Laugh, Live!