Thankful

Where I live, it’s easy to look around and see people who have more than I do. What’s also true is – it’s easy to look around and see people who don’t have nearly as much as I do. (I bet this is true of where you live too.) Unfortunately – I tend to notice the […]

Plans vs Decisions

It’s easy to confuse plans and decisions. I can “decide” right now to go the gym to workout tonight, but that’s not really a decision. That’s a plan. If tonight rolls around and I decide I’m too tired to go – my earlier “decision” was meaningless. I can come up with a plan for the […]

Schools as Prisons

It occurred to me the other day that my sons (probably many other kids) basically view school as a prison sentence. (Minimum security, to be sure – but prison nonetheless.) Not a challenge to be attacked and accomplished, but something to be endured. They’re basically just waiting for it to be over. I’d love to […]

Thoughts on the Common Core 5×3 problem

I recently read about a 3rd grade student whose seemingly correct answer to 5×3 was marked as incorrect by his teacher.  Details of the issue are here. A Common Core supporter defends the teacher here. Follow the link to get his words directly, but part of his argument is “…but here’s the beauty of it: It won’t […]