Farside

Emial entries while being a traveler.

Getting to south Africa has proven to be a bit of a challenge. Not because of paperwork or documentation because that all went very smoothly. So glad we followed the South African Embassy process. That proved to be the best part of our overall paperwork. But, the time it takes on the flights and the…

Read More Still in transit…

The Ambassadors gathered at school for our departure at 3p today and the mood was good.  All was well prepared and every ounce of luggage utilized for the trip to meet the benefactors of their efforts.  Clothing and other gifts were packed in every nook and cranny. So, as we now prepare for the long…

Read More Africa began…

I’m heading off tomorrow for an adventure with 27 of our high school students.  After a quick board meeting, I’m on a plane to Africa to help out with our school building projects in Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  My thanks to all who contributed to this project both through the many activities throughout the year and…

Read More Africa Begins

Shift & Solitude When seeking change, The mind softens And in solitude our thoughts pause. Static becomes pliable; We shape a perception, And a new mold emerges from objectivity and innovation. Embracing a new reality Involves passionate argument, Often with ourselves in equal measure to those around us. We battle for our new beliefs. But,…

Read More The Poetry of Change

A couple of issues are nagging on me and, as I watched an old TED video by Dan Meyer, some thoughts formed on why we are struggling with change and reform in schools (or anywhere for that matter).  Dan quoted David Milch with the following when reflecting on the ills of a sit-com society: It…

Read More Simplicity is our enemy…

Seems like the week to discuss motivation and as I consider various links and tracebacks, I’m found bringing together some ideas into a new framework of understanding many things I have written before and will likely ponder in the future.  This video brings this thinking to specific relief. We have discussed previously how setting our…

Read More Motivation – Again!?!?

An interesting article on how fear often overtakes our logical sensibilities. That being said, there is good reason for caution here – but not for the reasons cited by the opponents. Chinese government’s funding of Southland school’s language program fuels controversy – LATimes.com Worth a read and consideration of the scope of these programs… BTW…

Read More Chinese government’s funding of Southland school’s language program fuels controversy

It seems fortuitous that I wrote last night on Mike Rowe and then found Daniel Pink shortly after to reflect on the nature of motivation.  These are two very nice videos back-to-back and tell us much about the new age of work and accomplishment.  Similar to the theories (dare I say facts) presented by Pink,…

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This week I had an opportunity to read scholarship submissions at Wilson High School for the vocational education program.  On the table was two years full tuition and books for a vocational path of your choice (primarily encouraging state colleges and vocational schools).  Of interest was the fact that I had the honor of sitting…

Read More Anagnorisis & Peripeteia

While I don’t want to be a Scrooge during the holidays, I have to say that sharing this with my family (thanks to my wife) was helpful and kept us from getting too carried away in the materialistic aspect of the season.  Much more important to focus on the things that really matter:  family, health,…

Read More The Story of Stuff

Critical thinking? You need knowledge – The Boston Globe THE LATEST fad to sweep K-12 education is called “21st-Century Skills.’’ States – including Massachusetts – are adding them to their learning standards, with the expectation that students will master skills such as cooperative learning and critical thinking and therefore be better able to compete for…

Read More Critical thinking? You need knowledge – The Boston Globe

Another version of the same old mantra – If I know something, I can repeat it. If I understand something, I can discuss it. If I truly grasp something, I can create on my own. Thus, students must be able to articulate their learning (not just products) in order to assess whether they truly grasp…

Read More Quick idea…

While rules are always important, they are not the most critical things in life. In fact, it is the exceptions that excite us, empower us, and stretch the boundaries of our imagination.

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I recently had a verbal and email dialog with a colleague on the transplanted Business Intelligence concept of Dashboards.  Essentially, this concept revolves around how to keep leadership informed on key elements of organizational success so that strategic decisions can be made in a timely and efficient manner.  In schools, the focus shifts more to…

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