To know me is to know I love birds. They fascinate me on many levels. I live with three parrots. My bird adoration stems from eight years of homeschooling my youngest daughter. Her passion for all things avian took us on many adventures. She even piloted the Trainer-For-A-Day program for the National Aviary. Here she … Continue reading Can A Saw Whet Owl Shine Light?
My 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training course requires a community service project. In pre-pandemic times, this would have been an easy task for me. I love designing lessons. I love teaching. I love the organic nature of learning through exploration and doing. But social distancing and safety now require teaching in a virtual universe. I should … Continue reading How are Lessons and Learning Evolving?
Blogger Principal Rich Czyz does it again! Here's another day when he sets my writing agenda. Except, I am not going to be writing the entirety of this blog. I am going to hand it off to a guest blogger. But just to set this up, Rich wrote today about making learning authentic for students. … Continue reading How Can Students Contact Authors?
Rich Czyz must rise very early each morning to work on his blog, 4 O'Clock Faculty. I guess this because by the time I am up and ready to write, he has already posted some pithy observation for me to read. And this morning was another one of those days. Calling his post: What If … Continue reading What if?
Thirty-five years ago, the news director at WJLA-TV in Washington, DC told me I was headed to Virginia with one of our most-seasoned reporters, Jim Clarke, to cover Hurricane Gloria. He was an amazing reporter and a great teacher. He died in 2009. Here's a brief blurb from the Washington Post. Jim Clarke, an Emmy … Continue reading What a Hurricane Taught Me about Listening and Leadership
My daughter and I had just started preparing the ingredients for pork fried rice. A dear friend had brought us lunch the day before; there was plenty of pork left for a second meal. We pulled out the eggs, the sesame oil, the soy sauce. I cut the bok choy, carrots and broccoli. We were … Continue reading What’s Up With My House?
Call the email exchange spirited. Each side marshalled evidence in the form of research. I was one side of the two-sided correspondence. I don't fear Covid-19, per se. I do take precautions; I have tried to learn from the missteps of the Pandemic of 1918. I respect the fact that Covid-19 has done tremendous damage; … Continue reading Fear? Or, Caution and Respect?
My new glasses are in the making. However, thanks to the nonsense of 2020, it's going to take a bit longer for the lenses to arrive so my optician can do his magic. Consequently, I am operating with old glasses and new vision needs. I need to pay stricter attention to the 20-20-20 rule. My … Continue reading Is it Time to Teach Tech-Usage Skills?
My optometrist needs roller skates; maybe wings and roller skates. He seemed to fly down the halls of his office yesterday, along with his three partners. Eventually, he breezed into my exam room. So what brings you here today? he asked. My eyes are killing me, I said. They ache. Sometimes they burn. When I … Continue reading How Might Remote Learning Impact Young Eyes?
Mine are killing me, thank-you very much. I even made an appointment to see my eye doctor today! I suspect many teachers and students are feeling my same eye pain, and some other ailments, given the new world of remote learning. And there are several reasons why. When the March 2020 quarantine arrived, the focus … Continue reading How Do Your Eyes Feel?