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Confusion in school is normal. Without confusion, there is no learning. Have you ever done a crossword puzzle or a word scramble game? Personally, I like cryptograms and Sudoku. People who haven’t tried Sudoku look at it as a math game because it has numbers, but it really isn’t about mathematics at all. It is a logic game. In the easy levels of Sudoku, you learn a simple set of rules and, through a process of elimination,...

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At 9:30 in the morning, December 15, 2012, 20 year old Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. He was fully armed–the most powerful person on campus. I don’t know what motivated him. From what I have read so far, no one else does either. There is plenty of speculation, but we have no clear statement from Adam himself as to why he carried his terrible actions against innocent children...

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Caught in a mental fog This morning I woke up in a state of mumbleheadedness. I was unable to speak clearly. My thoughts were caught in a mental fog, and I was stumbling around getting ready for the day. The inability means that I slur my words a bit and have trouble spitting out full sentences. No, there’s nothing deeply wrong. I didn’t have a stroke or anything terrible like that. I just woke up with a less than perfect...

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School Improvement


Posted By on May 2, 2012

The US not the only country battling with school improvement If you are wondering why education is floundering in the United States, why stop here? I just listened to British school Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw discuss how changing the United Kingdom’s school inspection form will lead the charge to change education in the UK. His talk can be found at RSA under the title “The End of Satisfactory Schools.” I...

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I created a simple paragraph format for my students to help them respond to the types of multiple-sentence assignments they found in their science, social studies, and English textbooks. The idea was to give the kids a template for developing a top quality answer and teaching them to apply the template to all of these assignments. I wanted my students to be able to wow their other instructors with high level responses. To accomplish...

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  When I was in sixth grade I was sick for a week and stayed out of school. The assignments still made it home, much to my chagrin. My mother insisted that I keep up with my schoolwork. The following Monday I went into German class and had to take a test. Only a few of the students passed. I was one of them. In fact, I got a top grade. You need to know something about me. In sixth grade I was put into a special class for...

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