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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Trends of 2017

As we wind down the calendar year, your school is probably on its winter/holiday break.  It’s always helpful to reflect on where we’ve been so we can plan a little better, so let’s take a look at some of the things happening in the marketplace today.  As you read these observations, think about how they […]

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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. If there is prayer permitted in the school, and if there isn’t prayer permitted in the school, […]

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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.  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 bringing […]

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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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Continuous Improvement ≠ Transformational Innovation (or, 5 Things We Must Do To Improve Education) – Play Physical Games (Not Just Virtual Ones): Part 3 of 5

When I was a teacher at and elementary school, all ten of us – one teacher for each home room (K-8), and yours truly who taught 7th and 8th grade science and health, 8th grade algebra, and instrumental music – had recess duty once a week, every other week.  Kids played.  It was not structured.  […]

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Continuous Improvement ≠ Transformational Innovation (or, 5 Things We Must Do To Improve Education) – Kids Need to Play a Musical Instrument: Part 2 of 5

Recently, I met a gentleman who told me he played in a band for 19 years, and made 3 records.  He loves music, and is grateful to his dad for “making” him learn a musical instrument – even though when he was young, he hated it…especially when his friends were outside playing baseball and street […]

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Continuous Improvement ≠ Transformational Innovation (or, 5 Things We Must Do To Improve Education) – Kids Need to Sing: Part 1 of 5

I’m sure you’ve heard the argument that students in faith-based schools academically outperform public school students because of small class sizes.  Let’s debunk that myth here and now by going back to 1965…almost 50 years ago.  The 1st grade at St. Albert the Great School in Baldwin Boro (a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA) had approximately […]

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Continuous Improvement ≠ Transformational Innovation (or, 5 Things We Must Do To Improve Education) – Introduction

I’ve succeed in finding something that does not exist in some computer coding languages – the “does not equal” sign.  ≠ needs to be found somewhere, then pasted in as a character.  There are suggestions in several coding forums regarding what can be used, such as -=, which is the negation of the equal sign, != […]

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Why Edu-Cat-Ion

Why do we need another Web site that talks about education?  And why is education spelled that way? Author Simon Sinek in his 2009 book, “Start With Why,” says that “why” is a better place to start than “what.”  So rather than speak to “what” this site is about, it’s more important to share why […]

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