October 25 , 2019 /

TEN IMPORTANT LESSONS FOR EDUCATORS

Reflecting on a long and continuing career as a professional educator, here are 10 lessons I consider among those that are important.  Understanding this part of the definition of “important” may help: “likely to have a profound effect on success, survival, or well-being.” This doesn’t mean there aren’t more lessons.  These are some of mine,

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September 15 , 2019 /

OPTIMUM LEARNING: ENVIRONMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Choosing a school in some quarters is controversial and I understand why different people respond differently when the topic of school choice comes up.  School choice has gotten a bad rap and there are some good reasons why.  One of the reasons is that charter schools, new to the scene starting in 1992, have had

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August 12 , 2019 /

READY, SET, GO

GOING BACK TO SCHOOL ?  (Posted originally August 5, 2018) Why do we say that you are going “back” to school? We know generally that it means returning, often to something familiar, going “back” somewhere and that is certainly one of the meanings when using the word “back” as an adverb. However, it also implies

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July 5 , 2019 /

PLAIN ENGLISH

What is plain English?  What are some the hallmarks of a good writer?  Who do you like to read and why?  If you can answer those questions easily, then you know what plain English is. Four of my favorite writers, among many, are David McCullough, Anne Lamott, Atul Gawande, and Malcolm Gladwell.  They are very

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May 20 , 2019 /

A HARD LOOK AT SCHOOL CULTURE

Starting in 1964 and stopping full time involvement in 2011, I worked with three types of schools that “educate” most of the K-12 children in the United States – public, private and charter which is a public school of choice.  Approximately 1,770,000 students are home schooled.    As we approach the end of another academic

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August 5 , 2018 /

GOING BACK

BACK TO SCHOOL Why do we say that you are going “back” to school? We know generally that it means returning, often to something familiar, going “back” somewhere and that is certainly one of the meanings when using the word “back” as an adverb. However, it also implies a past condition or situation. However, if

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