Saying Goodbye to a Good Pet

[UPDATED   This post was originally written on December 7th. We weren’t ready to have this news out of Facebook so quickly so I waited to actually publish it. ] If you’ve had a pet you know where this is heading… [You can stop now I won’t be offended. If you continue, you may want […]

Building Empathy Through Interviews

www.floridamemory.com/items/show/32039 7th graders are all over the map when it comes to emotions. So, on one level, you might think that it isn’t hard to get them to develop empathy. But how many of your students, at any grade level, have conducted interviews to gain knowledge of their interviewee? My first semester at Meridian school […]

Smart Kids Need Competition Too

http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/maplib/flag.htm Not a very smart title to this post because many of you will have seen competitions such as Speech and Debate , or  Robotics Competitions, National Academic Quiz Tournaments, or even Model UN.  But there are others who may not realize what these competitions are all about. If you are in that camp then I […]

Still Ripping Educators Off

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171347960792965587/ I started (this current round of…) getting upset about this (continuing) problem of educators being ripped off for supplies, a couple of weeks ago. I was talking about it with a fellow educator and he reminded me of a time when a teacher went to the vendor floor at a conference. She commented on […]

Don’t Make Me Call

https://www.flickr.com/photos/salihan/ I hate phones. There. I’ve said it. I’m not sure when it started. But probably when I was very young. You see, in our family, everyone had to be part of a phone conversation. I think it came from my father’s generation when it was unique to get a call from someone and therefore […]

You See, It Takes Time

https://www.flickr.com/photos/badboy69/ We are seeing a real dichotomy in education these days. Thanks to social media we are exposed to teachers, at all levels, doing wonderful things with their students. We’re seeing students doing incredible things that they have chosen to do – not because they are completing an assignment that they have to do.   […]

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 […]