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Daydreaming is not a disorder

Apr 14, 2014
Daydreaming is not a disorder

An article in the Sacramento Bee, April 12, starts with the headline: “Daydreaming could be seen as attention disorder.” The article was written by Alan Schwarz of the New York Times. Here are the highlights, then I’ll give you my take on it. Schwarz said that experts want more research into “sluggish cognitive tempo.”...

Group of students file lawsuit to overturn California’s teacher tenure laws

Mar 11, 2014

There doesn’t seem to be any let up in the “let’s change tenure rules” dance. Somehow, if this issue is simply repeatedly written and talked about, then the other bigger issues can’t get either air time or enough attention to get the hard stuff done. In the Sacramento Bee, on February 23, another article...

Schools spending big bucks on computers, not so much on libraries

Feb 26, 2014
Schools spending big bucks on computers, not so much on libraries

The continued flow of cash out of district coffers and into the technology providers is ramping up. In a Sacramento Bee article, February 23rd, Diana Lambert wrote a piece outlining what is taking place. School Districts throughout the greater Sacramento region are spending millions of dollars on new computers. Apple and all of the...

The landscape is changing, part 2, or 1.02

Feb 9, 2014
The landscape is changing, part 2, or 1.02

  In the previous post, I wrote about the rapidly changing educational landscape. The speed at which technology is changing, and the extremely embedded nature of it in everyday life, is spurring massive changes across the entire educational spectrum.   We have come a long, long, way since the days when a computer was...

Knowing Eduspeak: The landscape is changing

Feb 8, 2014
Knowing Eduspeak: The landscape is changing

    1:1. X:1. Common Core. BYOD. MOOC’s. Distance learning. Bandwidth. Anything here sound familiar? No? You probably aren’t alone. Eduspeak has always been a bit on the snooty order. Only those in the know, knew. If you didn’t have the secret handshake or the correct pucker factor, you weren’t going to know. For...

The never ending story, again

Dec 28, 2013
The never ending story, again

  In a never ending story,  in a never ending attempt to make money, the “educational reform” movement, such as it is, will target tenure rules and push for private control of education in California, again. In his column in the Sacramento Bee, Dan Walters outlined the probable upcoming attacks. Cloaked in the mantle of school...

Autumn winds down, winter on the way

Dec 15, 2013
Autumn winds down, winter on the way

Winter is just one week away. We are in the last days of autumn, a beautiful time of transition. It is also a beautiful time for some classroom fun, no matter the grade. Teachers, especially elementary school teachers, have a wonderful opportunity to delve into some pretty cool science with the younger groups, and with...

Anything really new?

Dec 10, 2013
Anything really new?

Another educational approach is on the boards. Project Based Learning is one of the current “in” trends. Again. Nothing in education is static, no matter what the critics and pundits say. Teachers will tell you a much different story. There’s also not much that is new. There are buckets full of approaches and initiatives that are...

Anything new?

Nov 8, 2013
Anything new?

The life span of just about anything in educational curriculum is about 3 years. That’s just about enough time for someone, or some group, to start pushing the new and improved version of educating children. New and improved may be a misnomer. Might also be accurate. Looking very closely at what comes around each...

Autumn: time to learn

Sep 28, 2013
Autumn: time to learn

Autumn blew into our area with great fanfare on September 22. A bit of wind, rain, and snow up in the mountains brought the season to us in grand fashion. As autumn deepens, some really cool things are going to happen, some things that all of us marvel at. The long days get replaced...