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August 29, 2019

A middle distance runner competing in a 3,200 meter or 5 kilometer race practices and trains differently than a long distance runner competing in a 26.2 mile marathon race. And, of course, a middle distance runner and marathon runner would practice and train differentl...

August 17, 2019

When I was in college, my statics and dynamic professor proposed a no homework versus a double  homework wager to his students.  He stated that he could predict the exact score of the upcoming Texas and Oklahoma college football game before it even started.  Of course,...

May 19, 2019

A couple years before I retired, I was teaching fifth grade mathematics at my Title 1 elementary school – despite the fact that I was the principal. The teacher was out on a medical procedure that week, and her class was a challenging group of students that would sever...

January 28, 2019

A couple weeks ago, I attended a national charter school founder’s lecture about his experiences opening new schools across the country. After the talk concluded, a question and answer period ensued.  The person sitting next to me asked the speaker what was the general...

December 12, 2018

I do not own a washing machine.  Never have.  I use the condominium laundry room with its ten washing machines and dryers to handle my laundry needs.  I can wash or dry multiple loads of laundry simultaneously in 30 minutes, respectively.  None of this all day thing wi...

November 28, 2018

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” 

This old joke is amusing and timeless because of the obviousness of its one-word punchline:  Practice!

In the course of human endeavors, regardless of the nature of the task – if a person applies consistent repetitive practice, there s...

October 25, 2018

About 15 years ago, I attended weekly central administrator meetings as an elementary program supervisor in a large urban Texas school district. The agenda of the meetings varied widely from week to week, but, these meetings frequently spurred tangent discussions that...

September 29, 2018

When a child ignores an adult’s questioning using ‘the silent treatment’ and successfully avoids consequence or accountability for their actions, it is a classic example of a learned behavior. The student’s avoidance tactic has undoubtedly worked in the past with his o...

September 15, 2018

Above all else at a public school, the first priority of teachers and administrators must always be ensuring children's safety. Interestingly, it is the safety consideration that is central in elevating social and academic learning.  Seasoned teachers and successful pr...

August 31, 2018

Over the last decade, Graham Elementary School in the Austin Independent School District's dramatic and sustained academic Title 1 success brought local, state and national recognition. Beginning in 2011, approximately 30 to 60 educators visited the campus every year t...

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