The Red X

More and more education professionals and experts are advocating discontinuing use of the red pen when “correcting” tests, evaluations, quizzes, or whatever they’re calling assessments today.  Visit http://www.priceless-teaching-strategies.com/red-pencil.html for one such article.  Do a search on “Throw away your red pen” and you’ll find more articles about it. The point is that tests marked with […]

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Is the Classroom Dead?

Today, technology in the classroom is becoming more and more prevalent.  However, with charter schools, cyberschools, and LMSs (Learning Management Systems) being created daily, is it possible that the classroom isn’t the only thing in education that will be “flipped” in the near future? While educators and instructional media technologists incorporate technology into the school, soon […]

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Then, It Was the Job; Today, It’s the School; Tomorrow, It Will Be the Connection

Where do families look to live? When factories, mills, and coal mines drove our nation’s economy, families moved into homes that were built near where the breadwinners worked.  Fathers who worked in factories and steel mills moved their families to row houses that lined streets near the job site, while sidewalks provided them a way […]

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The Preferred Learning Style vs. the Effective Learning Style

Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic? There has been much research on the three main learning styles of students.  As the research continues, of course, more “Intelligences” have been identified, and learning styles have been incorporated into “The Standards,” so that teachers can prepare lesson plans that touch on all learning styles to accommodate learners so that […]

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Dear School Administrator: The Era of the “Yes Man (or Yes Woman)” is Over

We’re at an interesting point in our nation’s history.  Not because of a government shutdown; not because of an unpredictable stock market; and not because of scandals that are shaking religious organizations to the core.  We’re at a “halfway” point of a generation.  Half of the Millennials are still in school, while the other half […]

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Three Things

“Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, There’s still time to change the road you’re on.” – J. Page (Led Zeppelin) For a number of years now, those who have made a living by making presentations to professional groups, companies or organizations have been focusing on wanting their […]

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Don’t Change the Program; Change Your Mindset

With the start of the new year, we all think about change.  The interesting thing is that most people hate change, so we don’t call what we’re thinking about “changes.”  We call them “resolutions.” And then a few weeks from now, we’re back to the way it was…because change is difficult. In education today, there […]

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Does Technology Drive Your Processes, or Do Processes Drive Your Technology?

No matter what holiday you’re celebrating at this time of year, there is a time-honored tradition of exchanging gifts with others.  Perhaps you’ve even purchased a gift for yourself after returning those things you received that you really didn’t need.  Today, at this point in history, there’s a good chance that one of those gifts […]

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The Enrollment Slide

We’ve become a nation accustomed to top-line data and headline news.  In-depth investigation and reporting on why issues arise are left to those who want to dig deeper themselves.  After all, they can do so by accessing the Internet. Because, as you know, everything on the Internet is truth. (Yes, the sarcasm is intentional). If […]

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Nobody Writes Anymore

For at least the past seven years, research has shown that learning cursive writing has a positive effect on brain development, helps to ease difficulties associated with dyslexia. Yet, keyboarding is taught while writing is dropped.  The U.S. Postal Service recommends addressing cards in block letters to facilitate delivery (i.e., so it can be read […]

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