Some book characters stick with a person for years. I wish I could tell you mine was a lofty, well-known Emma, Jane, or Beth and Amy Jo, or even Dorothy. No. The character who has haunted me since my days of student teaching, who still torments me, is Flossie the Flamingo. Flossie was a character … Continue reading What Do Standardized Tests Really Measure?
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?
Dear Dr. DeMott, If you could Zoom down from heaven right now, you'd be amazed by what has happened since we were last together almost 45 years ago. Oh. Zoom, you ask? It's like a precursor to the USS Starship Enterprise transporter room. People can gather from all over for a meeting. Education supervisors can … Continue reading Ya Say You Want a Revolution?
As we continue to surf the pandemic wave, I find it interesting what people can and cannot live without. Right now, as high school, college and professional football seasons loom, I am witnessing a withdrawal among many that's akin to quitting a substance--legal (alcohol/cigarettes) or illegal. Call it Sports DTs, and I don't mean defensive … Continue reading Am I Missing a Sports Gene?
One of many consequences arising from the current pandemic is a need to reassess the comfortable misconceptions we live with daily. One of those misconceptions is that public education is the great equalizer and prepares us for life-long learning. And that misconception has morphed to the point where political leaders now tell us the health … Continue reading What is Academic Regression?
To call Principal Jay Billy a friend, or even a colleague, would be presumptuous. We have only met twice. We connect mostly via Twitter. What I can write is this: I respect Jay Billy immensely. Through his writing and the pictures he posts, he clearly loves children. And at the end of the day, that’s … Continue reading Can We Only Aim For Equity?
At his Tuesday news conference, NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo seemed to channel his former, late father-in-law Robert F. Kennedy. One of Robert Kennedy’s beloved quotes reads: And Governor Cuomo asked a “why not” question when he posited this idea about the future of post-pandemic education. "The old model of everybody goes and sits in … Continue reading Did Gov. Cuomo Ask the Right Question?
The etymology of words fascinates me. Knowing where words come from allows us to see word evolution over time; or, etymology can provide a richer understanding and definition of a word we take for granted. Such is the case with the word audience. For many people, the word audience means a group of people to … Continue reading Academic Grades: Who’s the Audience?