Thoughts About This Coding Craze

In 1976 I set off to the University of South Carolina on a Navy ROTC scholarship to major in Math and Computer Science. In 1986 I was taking courses in computer architecture and the language ADA as I worked on my master’s degree in Engineering. In 1992 I helped teach a computer class to teachers […]

Building Empathy Through Interviews 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 […]

Still Ripping Educators Off 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 […]

You See, It Takes Time 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.   […]

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

Screen Capture from – [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 […]

So I’m Going to Teach This Computer Science Class 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 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 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 […]

If You Borrow It, Tell Someone 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 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 […]