Bullying Isn’t Acceptable In Schools – But It Seems To Be Acceptable In Adults

(Original article published in March, 2016; updated for March, 2019) At least, that’s what the media is teaching our society.  Check out these Web resources, and see if you find the dysfunction.  Begin by visitng http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/stamp-out-bullying/ Pay close attention to the section that says, “What Are the Signs That My Child Is a Bully?”  Keep […]

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“The Advantage”

Consultant Patrick Lencioni published a book about three years ago called, “The Advantage.”  In it, he speaks about what gives an organization or business an “advantage” over another.  In a nutshell, the advantage is “Organizational Health.”  It’s all those things that can’t be measured. Business leaders like when they can share positive new with “the […]

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Would You Like Fries With That?

According to TeacherPortal (http://www.teacherportal.com/teacher-salaries-by-state/, accessed 3.9.2019), the average starting teacher salary in the United States (with data from 2012-2013) is $35,641. There is also a movement afoot to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.  That would translate to a $30,000 a year salary…which is still below what the starting teacher makes.  But… An […]

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The Problem is the Wrong Solution

Take a look at the graphic that accompanies this text.  At first glance, you may think that just by rearranging the shapes, the “whole” now has a “hole.”  But if you look very, very closely, you’ll see that the hypotenuse lines are not the same.  Superimposing the two triangles shows a difference in the lines.  […]

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Privacy v. Security v. Technology

Most people believe there are two paths to follow – the stairway to heaven or the highway to hell; the high road or the low road; life or death.  In many cases, this can be true.  However, it’s important to realize that sometimes, there may be only one correct choice amid a number of paths […]

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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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