I was reading a little article in AARP Magazine. (It wasn’t my magazine, he said, trying to not appear old. The magazine was delivered in error and the post office doesn’t ‘return to sender’ magazines, so thank you, subscriber Karen H., wherever you are.) It was called “Cheer Up!” I believe the intent was to … Continue reading Why so sad?
When teachers at Mission Viejo Elementary School came back from summer break, I was there. They wanted me to speak on the morning of the first day of work week. I have worked with hundreds of schools and districts across North America, and my presentation about how to teach students to speak well went … Continue reading Remember how important you are
I had a problem with being too nice. Because I once had a job that involved phone sales, I knew how hard the job is and I had a soft spot for those trying to make it work. So when someone would call, I’d be nice. I had no intention of ever buying the product … Continue reading Being nice is mean.
Why do fake posts work? We all see the news: trolls are posting fake stories. We all think, “That’s terrible!” We worry that our students will be duped. This is a serious problem. But we need to cure ourselves first. A friend shared a Facebook post: “Steve Jobs last words.” The claim was that on … Continue reading C’mon, people. Think about it.
A student turns in this paper: many people think that we should not have ginetticly modifyed foods we could be having health problems in the future if we eat them, Some studys say that they cause cancer. we should pass laws to stop this. What do you do? Options: A) Nothing. That’s just how kids … Continue reading How Educators Shortchange Speaking
We have an all-comedy radio station in Denver—non-stop clips from various comedians. I missed the name of the comic, but one talked about digging through his closet looking at all the junk he had discarded in there. One of the items was his Rosetta Stone CD set. I spent a couple of minutes researching “what … Continue reading Human Nature: Why “Personalized Learning” is doomed