Early Forays Into Empathy (7th Grade)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/apelad/ Today my 7th graders created questions about “Empathy.” This was their first week of school and today was the second day of class for them (they are on an A/B Block schedule). As a Design class I want them understanding the idea of Empathy. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) school the students are expected […]

Putting Together a Design Class in a IB World School (Part 2)

Screen Capture from – https://goo.gl/VoUfRT [NOTE: Originally written a week ago] “So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.” Willy Wonka.  Right now I’m feeling like a cross between the Scarecrow ( giving directions in OZ) and Willy Wonka these days. One minute I’m heading one […]

Putting Together a Design Class in an IB World School (Part 1)

http://goo.gl/Tgxu4X Well, that title should get some good SEO Google Juice. But I didn’t write it for SEO reasons – it’s what I’ve been doing today, and yesterday…and the day before that…. In an earlier post I stated that I would be updating my preparations for the school year. Well, that didn’t happen. But now […]

So I’m Going to Teach This Computer Science Class

http://goo.gl/BL0lkk On Friday I had a chance to talk with my new principal. If you haven’t heard about that feel free to get caught up with my earlier post. During my initial interview (with The Head of School and the Secondary Principal) I was informed that they really wanted someone who was able to teach […]

In Which We Are Introduced to My New School

https://goo.gl/xAkChH On August 10 I will be starting a new school year with new students at a new school. But what does that really mean? Every year we get new students. Every year is a new school year. The only really new thing is the school I will be working at – Meridian School in Round […]

I’m Not a Techie

Technology Cow via http://goo.gl/XR2MYi In 1976 I went to the University of South Carolina to be a dual Math and Computer Science major. I got my math degree but gave up on computers after spending hours at the card punch machine at late hours on the university’s one computer (that also had to do research and […]

Writing To Stay Awake (and an anti-gun rant)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/ It just turned midnight and I decided that I’ve got nothing better to do than sit here and write a post. I’m at the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) airport with a few thousand others who have ended up spending the night due to flight cancellations. It seems that the remnants from Tropical Storm Bill hit […]

If You Borrow It, Tell Someone

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kittiesmademedoit/ Those are words of advice given to me by my Father. Actually it was more like, “Hey, I don’t mind if you want to use my tools but put them back – in the same spot – when you are finished.” Isn’t that really the point of attribution? You are borrowing someone else’s words […]

Feeling Radioactive

imgarcade.com WARNING – NEGATIVE RADIATION CONTAINED IN THIS POST. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK [Originally written mid-April, 2015 ] Yesterday I went for a run/walk as I try to regain my body – my body that is currently almost 70 pounds overweight and tired.  While I was out plodding along and listening to my running […]

Exploring Design Thinking as a PBL Guy

Via Eric White This week I will be meeting with other BIE National Faculty (NF) members at our annual Spring Summit. For the summit we have broken into Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) and I am with the Design Thinking (dt) group. We will be sharing with the other NF and we are looking at how […]