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July 21, 2018

During my planning period when I was teaching fifth grade, I left my classroom and walked to the teachers’ workroom. At that time, my elementary school’s student enrollment was over a thousand students and the school’s long sprawling hallways reminded me of my own high...

May 5, 2018

Federal and State money flows into the Title 1 public schools. The river of money flows regardless of academic results each school year, without interruption. But, the majority of Title 1 elementary schools demonstrate the same stagnant academic performance as in prior...

April 27, 2018

We live in a Base 10 world. Base 10 is everywhere!

Of course, a math person may counter with clock time – hours and minutes. Time is kept in Base 60, and humans revolve around their work day by being on time to appointments and schedule demands.

Now, what about computers...

April 20, 2018

This is an interesting question. Public schools are not exactly free, of course. Parents often must pay for any number of items for their child to attend school including pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, school uniform (if required), etc. Any school supply list each Au...

April 13, 2018

“Andrew will not complete his homework.”  

“At least half my class does not do their homework, consistently.”

“I have called the parent repeatedly. Her daughter still will not complete her homework.”

“Johnny’s mother told me three times that he will sit down and comp...

April 6, 2018

As both an elementary classroom teacher and a principal, a few parents each school year have questioned the modern need for nightly homework. A select number of parents seem to believe that since the advent of the personal computer and related technologies, nightly hom...

March 30, 2018

The choices made by students in their behavior have everything to do with their social and academic success in the classroom. Their decisions largely dictate the amount of time students are focused on learning. So, assuming there are established classroom rules consist...

March 23, 2018

According to Exodus, Moses climbed Mt. Sinai, and God gifted him the Decalogue – Ten Commandments that provided a foundation of conduct to guide the people of Israel. During my catechism days as a child, we were required to memorize the Decalogue verbatim. I still have...

March 2, 2018

You are a public school teacher. You are about half-way through your science or math lesson. The door opens and the principal walks into your classroom. Stops and looks around and surveys the classroom.

What is the principal looking for?

There are a variety of answers t...

February 23, 2018

There are many industry specific words bandied about in public education that all too often, educators possess only a vague definition. One such education word is ‘culture.’

Using a lexicon, a precise definition of the word ‘culture’ is readily obtained.

culture’ - the...

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