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Friday, April 6, 2007

Becoming an educated person with Mastery Learning

An English teacher from Holland was chatting with me for a few minutes yesterday, and we agreed that many students don't share our values in education. In fact, after teaching in Europe for 20 years, the USA for 22 years, and Asia for a year and a half, at every level from seventh grade through... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A New Newspaper Feature: Your Dream, Your Education

In a week or so, the local newspaper will begin publishing a weekly article on education. I'm the author, but my editor is really deserving of much of the credit it if succeeds. He's the most pro-active editor I've ever known. Between us, we are working out the Theme or title, and the look and feel... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Shades of a Catholic Education in the 1940's: Studying for the Exam

I've just finished creating 89 practice questions for my dearest friend. She's going to take a major exam in a few days, and I reached back about 60 years for a really good technique. There, at the bottom of my bag of tricks, was the old, tried and true, Baltimore Catechism Q and A method! The years... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Education: Where do You Start?

Want a really good education? There are lots of ways of getting one, but not a lot of excellent ways. From the feedback I get on my blogs, and the kinds of work people assign to me, and the kinds of help they seek from me, I have the idea that maybe I have a really great education. I've found out,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Read something good!

I love to read about science. It's the people that fascinate me. Fleming, of penicillin fame, was not the guy who should have gotten the credit. He saw that his moldy bread prevented the growth of bacteria, but shrugged it off. Later two others took his observation to heart, did all the experimental... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Time to Choose Your Future

There's an old saying, As the Tree Leans, So does it Fall. The tree leaning to the East will fall to the East eventually. The fellow who taught me that spent a lifetime collecting wise sayings and offering them to young people as a kind of mental chewing gum, with vitamins and minerals. One day,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Father Faraon's Three Ways of Knowing Anything

Mike Faraon, or Father Michael Faraon, O.P., Ph.D., was one heck of a philosophy and theology teacher. A large, imposing ex-Marine, he commanded attention by his looks, his wit, his flowing white robe and scapular, his huge black rosary beads, and his Eastern Seaboard accent. I love learning from... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 12, 2007

What does it take to "get it" in a science class?

"You can't give what you don't have." As a school administrator in Germany and science coordinator at LSU, I saw most wonderful, gifted science teachers. However, there were those that sighed about their listless or downright lazy students. After suffering through a couple of observations of their... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Education: Is there room for teaching Good Character?

Character Counts: Celebrate Valentine's Day with A Poem with music from the author of Character Counts, and Answer the Lead Question for Yourself For seven years after leaving my post at LSU I was a high school science teacher. Our school was once cited as a Presidential School of Excellence, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Good News! Brand new Beaches coming!

The good news for followers of the bare skin and sunshine is, thousands of miles of brand new beaches are coming soon. The bad news? They may be at your front door! I have a signed (by someone) photo of George W. Bush in my office. It's not on display, but I have it. I felt he was a better choice... Sign in to see full entry.

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