parent /ˈpɛːr(ə)nt/ A person’s father or mother. That’s it. That’s the definition from the Oxford English Dictionary. But it comes with so much more weight doesn’t it? And the weight is contextual with every parent feeling that weight differently. Understandable, but confusing. Confusing? Yes. Confusing. In the dozen years I have been reading about what…
Letting go is a great thing. But letting go doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone one, or for every situation. In this case I’m talking about letting go of outcomes to be in the moment, to be present and be fully engaged in what is in front of me at that time. But this…
Well, the thing I always wanted for my son has happened. The boy who was the total chameleon has finally focused on one endeavor. Of course it’s not what I had hoped it would be, but he’s obsessed about something. For years, starting back when he was old enough to start socializing – pre-school age…
So what is this education reform of which you speak?
It’s a great buzz word, isn’t it? And some people have been great at leveraging it to advance their causes. And when tied to the phrase, “for the children,” arguments become Teflon.
That combination in a hypothetical scenario — ” when I work towards education reform,
The National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, provides great insights into the research currently going on in education reform. A recent release reviewing two reports from the Gates Foundation MET project raises an interesting question, “Can we quantify what effective teaching is?”
The review looks at this question from a strictly academic perspective, as good academic research should. The researchers ran into problems — real world problems — of not being able to have children remain with the teachers they were assigned to. The questions the research raised, however, immediately had me thinking about an important component well understood by current educators: learning styles.
In the discussions about education reform a crucial element seems often to be overlooked: the human element. We’re dealing with people. Kids. Teachers. Administrators.
A very close friend of mine once came up with something called Stuff Theory: something to do with there only being so much stuff in the world, a kind of twist on the theory that there is only so much matter in the universe, that it can be neither created nor destroyed. The difference with the Stuff Theory is that it also applied to the metaphysical and abstract: like thoughts and emotions, behaviors and pathologies.
I know I
I ran into a friend tonight in front of the grocery store. He looked sad. Maybe he was just tired, saying, as he had, that he had just returned home from an all day seminar in San Jose, an hour
With one son already stepping over the threshold into tweendom, and seeing the conflicts that this has created with him