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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
"The more you know, the less you need"
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“He that ruleth his spirit is greater than he who conquers a city.”
Away from the gravitational pull of bureaucratic overload
The Best of the Best Read-Alouds
Grades Pre-K- Grades 3
"Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true."
— Francis Bacon
The Lady or the Tiger
Proactive Readers Earn their Stripes
(Grades 5 and 6)
a. Cover Page
c. The Lady, or the Tiger
I'll tell you tomorrow.
What Good Readers Do!
"Every time you read, you are teaching yourself how to read."
Bookworms Move the Earth!
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."
Some of the worst analogies, metaphors and similes ever written by students...
Writing about perfume is like dancing about architecture
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.
Star Bright Ideas about Solving Math Word Problems
Winston Churchill and the King's English
What We Can Learn From His Writings and Speeches
(Grades 10 and up)
"Don't wait for orders from headquarters. Mount your horses and ride to the sound of battle."
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
Six Hundred Miles of Elbow Room
Lesson Plans for the Study of Antarctica
Teachers and Librarians Choose Favorite Read-Aloud Books
(Grades K - 5)
"The best is good enough."
"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."
What Teachers Can Learn from the Master
In-House Professional Development is the New Normal
Education's Best Kept Secrets
“Still in education?”
“I’m a textbook publisher now.”
“Judkins & Judkins”
“Who do you prefer? Judkins or Judkins?”
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.
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.
Smart in Any Setting - 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
Common Core Skeptics like the Status Quo
Formica-Classed Common Core Skeptic
When the finger points to the problem the bureaucrat will study the finger
Rise up from the current varying mediocre levels proferred by fifty disparate states by embracing one set of Common Core standards
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.
Dance to the Music of the Spheres
"The wonder is, not that the field of stars is so vast, but that man has measured it"
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.
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"
Two Writing Ideas for the Price of One
Critiquing Writing Samples
A First Grade Writing Starter
"When you're done, you've just begun"
"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
Take the 'L' out of LOVER and its OVER!
Decibel Readers to Control Students?
Who's Getting the Lion's Share of School Funding?
Structure and Sequence
Teacher and Learner
(Grades 1 & Way Up)
Wicked Smart Without the Wicked Hard
The Wisdom of Wonder
There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.”
“Some people feel the rain; others just get wet.”
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."
Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
Folk Tales and Fairy Tales From Around the Globe
"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
(Grades 5 and 6)
Study depends on the good will of the student, a quality which cannot be secured by compulsion
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."
“If you want to know what God thinks of money just look at the people He gave it to.”
Study Smarter, Not Harder!
"Suspicious" Test Results Lead to Indictment of School Superintendent Beverly Hall
There is something about a closet that makes a skeleton terribly restless!
“Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue”
Tuition free colleges?
The only free cheese is in a mousetrap
Cross Tie Walker
Trans Continental Railroad is the Context for a Basic Math Exercise
High Interest, Low Vocabulary Book Compilation
(Grades 1 & Up)
Get a Grip on Fractions with a Hands-On Game
"Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words."
-St. Francis of Assissi
What Successful Classrooms Look Like!
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."
"To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time"
- Leonard Bernstein
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
New Stars Arise
To Support the New Literacy
The Burgeoning Field of Instructional Design
Allows Teachers to Apply Pedagogical Skills
in High Corporate Settings
Student: Is the focus of ID on instruction or learning?
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."
Introducing Science Vocabulary in Science Lessons
Through the Looking Glass
Utilizing Back Design
- Soren Kierkegard
Starry Starry Night
100 Amazing Online Tools to Learn About Outer Space
Salute to Adventureres
-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.
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
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.”
Astrophysics for 7th Graders
It's the law !
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
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
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
Teaching Philosophy in the Elementary Grades
Locally Owned at the Exact Center of the Universe
Antares Standard Time
Biochemistry and Genetics
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
Don't Just Do Something, Stand There
A Jake of Jedi
Educators Knight Out
Teaching Logic in the Elementary Grades
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
(Second to None)
Teaching Latin in Elementary School
ΔΙΔΑΣΚΑΛΊΑ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΉΣ ΣΤΗΝΡΏΙΜΗ ΚΑΤΗΓΟΡΊΕΣ
(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!
Teaching Psychology in the Elementary Grades
A Fresh Coat of Paint
Teaching Art History to Kindergartners
Teaching Astronomy, Architecture, and Geology in Elementary School
Teaching Botany in the Elementary Grades
Not in My Backyard
Twenty Million Miles to Earth
Teaching Chemistry to Kids
See Rader's CHEM4KIDS!
The Brainy Bunch
All About Information Processing
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
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"
Internet Literacy Tonight
Utilize the Past, Challenge the Present, Design the Future
The Technology Revolution
Its Effect on Learning
What impact would a pencil have on education if you had to go to a pencil lab to use it?
Support One Computer Tablet for Every Child
One Stop Shop
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
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.
Claims that Educators are Succefully Preparing Students for Science Careers May be Overstated
A Philosophic Sampler
Brain Research and its Ramifications
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”
-Henry David Thoreau
Search and Employ Missions
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?
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
New Angles on Teaching Geometry in the Primary Grades
Thirty Seconds from Mars
Teaching Data Analysis to Kindergartners
Crunching the Numbers
Primary Schoolers Tackle Probability
Lettermarking for Arcady
Ecological Science Lessons
Get the Government Involved
Elementary Schools Promote Activities that Sustain the Environment
"The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask."
- Nancy Newhall
Protect our Planet
It's the only one with chocolate!
Notes from the Geosphere
Earth Science Lesson,
*MOODLE for Mastery
Surveys Empower Teachers
Their Science Instruction
*(Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment)
Noteworthy Interactive Websites
Dudley Do Write's
Rules for Writing
What Good Writers Do Right
Rule #1 "Burn all the which's - use that instead!"
"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
"Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points they almost always win."
"He who gives me burdens also gives me shoulders."
-President Jimmy Carter
Raise chickens, Rear children!
Beyond Power Point
Web 2.0 Presentation Tools
Test Taking Strategies
Story Frames and Character Journals
Two Paths to the Same Language Arts Goals
“Everything we know as writers we knew as readers first.”
Safety in Numbers
You can transport the curriculum but can you transpose the culture?
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"
Science Versus Myth
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."
Avoid Faulty Premises!
Memory Enhancement Techniques
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.”
Finely Focused Lessons
Where Do You Want to Go Today?
The Global Classroom
Multidirectional Communication Blogs
Between Teachers, Students and Parents
Math Hints for Kids, by Kids
(Grades 3 - 5)
"Be Realistic, Pursue the Impossible!"
The Best Math Games
(Grades K- 12)
Above the Fold
(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.”
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."
Dolphins in a Tree
Getting the Gifted
Back in the Educational Swim
Knock On Any Door
Potpourri of Websites
"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
"My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people."
A Highly Charged Review Exercise
"Sparks Fly Upward"
The Way Grass Likes Rain
The Greening of Children's Theater
(Grades 4 - 8)
Weapons of Mass Instruction
The Standards-based Classroom
in the 21st Century
"Learning is what most adults will do in the 21st Century."
-S. J. Perleman
Innovations in Education
"The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it"
“Art is a lie that tells the truth”
Cutbacks in the Arts,
Effect on Students
"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."
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 artists
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
“When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain”
Students Listen Up as They Learn to Listen
"I heard you twice the first time."
Alleys are the Footnotes of Avenues
"It's not that they can't see the solution. It's that they can't see the problem."
-G. K. Chesterton
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”
(All Grade Levels)
Poetry in Motion
(Grades 2 and 3)
"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."
Just Say Know
What Successful Learners Do!
Strategies for Optimal Student Behavior
"It’s not enough to do our best;
sometimes we have to do what’s required."
Eat, Sleep,Study, Exercise, Repeat
Plaid, Calico and Canvas
Jack London's World
How to Avoid Getting Statistically Snookered
"Torture numbers and they will confess to anything"
Dr. Gerald Bracey
Neighbor Zeke sez half the people he knows are above average
Swiss Watch, Diamond Movements
The Mark of the Beast
A Kipling Tale
"An epic in miniature proportions."
The Monkey's Paw
Seven League Boots
A Children's Classic
Booth Tarkington's Americana
A Retreived Reformation
A Character Study
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.
How School Philosophies Differ
"The foundation of all great civilizations is loitering."
"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."
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?"
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
99 % of lobbyists give the rest a bad name!
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.
"We made a desert and called it peace."
The United Federation of Teachers
Face A Choice
Increased Teacher Benefits and Unlimited Job Security or Quality Education?
"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.”
Casablanca Without Bogart
The Year Round School Controversy
A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma
Why Do Taxpayers Allow Schools to Stay Closed Every Other Day?
(180 Day School Year)
"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."
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"
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."
The Bilingual Education Controversy
"Never confuse the public interest with what interests the public."
Jesus was a Community Activist; Pontius Pilate was a Governor
Trouble in Paradise
Strategies for Dealing
Significant Maladaptive Behavior
"Wag More, Bark Less"
Full Moon and High Tide
Frequent Classroom Disruptions
"Smile like a believer holding four aces."
Singapore Style Math Lessons
"Just Deux It!"
Two Effective Approaches to Reading
Four Merry Conceits
"If idiots could fly this place would be an airport"
Parents and Teachers
Go Together Like a Horse and Jockey
East of the Moon
"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly"
"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."
Rules and Procedures
"Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up."
Reflections in a Double Latte
A Masterful Experience
"The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness."
- Michel de Montaigne
The MIT Research Lab
"Eternity is very long, especially towards the end"
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."
"While history does not repeat itself, it often rhymes"
"Anyone capable of getting themselves elected to public office should on no account be allowed to serve."
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."
"If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose," the Walrus said,
"That they could get it clear?"
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 Lerner
Share, Care and Learn
Group Tasks and Procedures
(Grades 4 - 6)
TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE
A Thread of Blue Denim
"Don't celebrate the hammer because the house got built"
Royal Hunt of the Sun
Students Go Towards the Light
With Time Filling Activities
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
Moody River Metaphors
A Look at
The currents of history,
its tides, its ebb and flow,
determined and informed
by the topography and social
through which it courses
"A plateau is a high form of flattery."
Combed, Collared, Cuffed
New Professional Dress Standards Proposed
"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)
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."
Res gestae, res futurae
"Things past, things future"
The Thousand and Second Night
Proofreaders Take a Magic Carpet Ride
(Grades 4 - 6)
Creative Writing Rubrics
Content and Mechanics
(Grades 3 - 5)
"Reading makes a full person, listening a ready person, and writing an exact person."
Tell A Vision
Visualize, Verbalize, Write!
(Grades 3 and 4)
The Play's the Thing
How to Write a Play
Rules of Engagement
The New Millennium
"Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time."
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."
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
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."
"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
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."
Butterflies and Soap Bubbles
Cross Curricular Activities
Fancy Free Variations
After School Learning Opportunities
"Elvis never left the building."
Designs for Reading
How to Build a Better Tulip
Say it with flowers
Baby with the Bathwater
Currently Overlooked Gems
Adventures of Isabel
The Increasingly Important Role
Counselors in Our Schools
Escapades and Excursions
Globe Trotting Examination
Current Educational Trends
"The road starts here. It never ends."
4th and 5th Grade
Wisdom or Folly?
"We're lost, but we're making good time"
The Best Strategies
"However beautiful the strategy, one should occasionally look at the result."
Do You Know Oatmeal?
Critiquing the School Cafeteria
(School Board Notes)
"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
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
in the Classroom
Where has the fine arts, performing arts and classical music gone?
Its herd and crop;
On a tall mountain.
Citied to the top,
Crowded with culture.”
Once Around The Sun
A Teacher's Year-Long Diary
Langlaufing Across Everest
Pushing the Envelope
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
to End School Activites
That Interrupt Learning
Begin by removing telephones from classrooms
Nurturance, Altruistic Love and Kinship
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"
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
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
“I get my exercise being a pallbearer at the funerals of people who exercised.”
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
"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
Forgotten Gems of Children's Literature
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.”
"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."
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
"Those are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others."
"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
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."
Dim Bulbs, Dull Tools
Would you buy a used car from these people?
"The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other peoples’ money."
Outré Is As Outré Does
Why Montessori Works
Everything You Need to Know About Montessori Education
Fourth Book of a Trilogy
After "A Nation at Risk", "No Child Left Behind" and "Race to the Top",
"If you're not first, your last"
"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"
Grace and Favor
The Charter School Story
Meets you where you are and takes you where you want to be
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."
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!
An odd thing, sometimes, life
Learn, Laugh, Live!