Being Successful in Life and Being Successful in School—September, 2019

The 30,000-foot view of the purpose of education is to help people be “successful.” Success is one of those words that we all use without specifically defining its meaning. For simplicity’s sake and for the sake of this article, I am defining success as the… Continue Reading Being Successful in Life and Being Successful in School—September, 2019

Harbor Career and Technology Center—April, 2019

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South Bend & Raymond School Districts, Port of Willapa Harbor, Collaborating on  Career & Technical Education Partnership At their regular March school board meetings, South Bend School District and Raymond School District approved the implementation of a joint CTE (Career & Technical Education) partnership between… Continue Reading Harbor Career and Technology Center—April, 2019

Kids and Stress—February, 2019

Kids and Stress A recent WebMD survey found that 72% of children have negative behaviors that are linked to stress. 62% have physical symptoms that indicate stress (headaches, stomachaches, etc.). Additionally, one indicator of extreme stress, suicide, has been going up the past few years.… Continue Reading Kids and Stress—February, 2019

Civics and Civility in Our Time—January, 2019

All societies, whether they are towns, cities or nations, must have a foundation of agreed-upon norms if they wish to function. Often, these customs are informal. As an interesting experiment, the next time you get on an elevator, try turning to face the others on… Continue Reading Civics and Civility in Our Time—January, 2019

Responsible to Act and Responsible for Those Actions—December 2018

Even though it was over 20 years ago, I will never forget the experience. I was the only administrator in a tiny district in northeastern Washington and was having a conversation with two brothers and their parents regarding an incident that had occurred on their… Continue Reading Responsible to Act and Responsible for Those Actions—December 2018

Getting to the Truth—November, 2018

If we paid attention only to the headlines, we would believe that our education system is “broken,” “dangerously out of touch” or “failing.” We would also be asked to believe that our system was once great, but that it has aged badly, declined and slipped… Continue Reading Getting to the Truth—November, 2018

Becoming Competent: A Habit of Mind—October, 2018

What does it mean to be competent? Years ago, a man by the name of Martin M. Broadwell described a model of teaching that contained four stages of competence. Others have built on and modified his work, but stated simply, Broadwell believed in these four… Continue Reading Becoming Competent: A Habit of Mind—October, 2018

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