Transformative Power

Since this site contains a series of articles titled “Continuous Improvement ≠ Transformative Innovation,” here’s an example.  This isn’t your typical music appreciation class.  It’s an example of instructional excellence.  

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State Higher Ed at a Crossroads: The Story Sounds So Familar…

In the January 26, 2017 edition of our local newspaper, a story appeared titled, “Chancellor says state-owned university system ‘unsustainable,’ orders sweeping review” (http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/11835303-74/state-system-brogan).  Interestingly, the same finding was reported in the Fall of 2015, as the Commonwealth’s budget was not approved until December of that year, causing funding to be withheld from public school […]

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Generational Differences: Boomers were raised in the Neighborhood; GenXers Were Raised on the Street; Millennials Were Raised Online

There’s lots of talk on the Internet, in the news media, and throughout those antiquated communication forms of magazines and newspapers about the Millennials, and how they’re unlike any generation that’s come before them.  Actually, they’re a lot like the Great Generation…that wave of children of immigrants that were born between 1925 and 1944 and […]

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A Letter to Instructional Technology Specialists

Here’s a note that every “Technology Instructor” should receive from their administrator: Dear Instructional Technology Specialists: Your job is to help the teachers…not implement the latest tech trend. Thank you for your attention to this matter Principal The problem is that most schools don’t have an Instructional Technology Specialist.  They have a Technology Instructor who […]

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Four Things to Improve Your Meeting Productivity

This suggestion is not for your “run of the mill” administrative meeting where you’re explaining policies or implementing new directives.  This would be for those meetings where everyone’s input is important to generate new ideas, and to break down the silos between teachers, administration, and technology (which, interestingly, has gained a new importance in the […]

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A New Year Means a New Word

I’m sure you’ve seen and heard how new words make their way into the English language.  I’m not referring to slang, jargon, dialect or colloquialisms, but to the creation of new words by using current meanings and combining them, or embellishing established root words with proper references to today’s conditions. A recent one I’ve seen […]

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A Modest Proposal – Change the School Year

Over the past few weeks, the articles on this site have had the constant theme of “Continuous Improvement ≠ Transformational Innovation.”  They looked at how we can “start all over again,” by teaching young children with strategies that wire their brains for success, rather than giving them more and more emphasis on the “basics” of […]

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Continuous Improvement ≠ Transformational Innovation (or, 5 Things We Must Do To Improve Education) – Pray For It: Part 5.5 of 5

To be clear, this doesn’t mean that there should be prayer in public schools.  Actually, if the local community wants prayer to be present “in” the public school, it should be allowed…but that’s another topic for another article. Regardless of prayer being permitted or not permitted in the school, the school and its students should […]

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Continuous Improvement ≠ Transformational Innovation (or, 5 Things We Must Do To Improve Education) – Kids Need to Be Read To: Part 5 of 5

One of my earliest childhood memories was snuggling up to my mom on the couch on Sunday mornings and she would read the comics to me.  It didn’t matter that I may not have understood the humor the cartoonist was presenting, because mom would explain what was going on in the pictures.  I still remember […]

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Continuous Improvement ≠ Transformational Innovation (or, 5 Things We Must Do To Improve Education) – Reading, Writing and “Teching”: Part 4 of 5

You may think the title of this article has the word “teaching” spelled incorrectly.  That assumption would be incorrect.  “Teching” was a termed coined in the early video game era, but some folks started to use it regarding the increasing utilization of technology. Today, most children “tech” for enjoyment…alright, young adults do too, as evidenced […]

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