Politically Correct – PART II

On the same day I was in the coffee shop, I had been listening to the radio. Much attention was being given to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. During one particular broadcast, one of the interviewees offered the following bit of trivia: “Did you know that Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was… Continue reading Politically Correct – PART II

Politically Correct – PART I

I was in a coffee shop. At the counter was a 30’ish woman. There was also a 30’ish man who had just received his coffee. The woman’s order included several coffees and a number of food items. She was given a tray, but it wasn’t large enough to accommodate all of her purchases. The fellow… Continue reading Politically Correct – PART I

Think Alouds – PART III

I don’t want to give the impression that I shared all of this with my friend. My suggestions focused mainly on what I covered in Part I, but our conversation reminded me of the strategies I did with my own children and as a teacher. With my son and daughter I really enjoyed simply playing… Continue reading Think Alouds – PART III

Think Alouds – PART II

When a child is older and showing interest in the books you read, one has an excellent opportunity to demonstrate and encourage specific thinking skills. Questions can be asked to stimulate thought, and you can invite the child to think of his/her own questions; questions they might like to ask the characters in the book… Continue reading Think Alouds – PART II

Think Alouds – PART I

Recently, I ran into a former teammate who happens to be half my age. We had a nice chat, and he mentioned that just a week earlier he and his wife became parents for the first time. His excitement was apparent. When I asked if I could offer some advice, he agreed. Suddenly, in my… Continue reading Think Alouds – PART I

Why We Do Things – PART III

… continued from last week Of course, Mark did not tell them I suggested he quit. I merely encouraged him to evaluate the reasons he was in university, and that enabled him to see things more clearly. All of us need to do that, and we need to encourage those around us to do the… Continue reading Why We Do Things – PART III

Why We Do Things – PART II

… continued from last post Mark is a former student. I also coached him in high school rugby; in fact, he was riding shotgun (front passenger seat) in my blog post of November 13, 2015. After graduation he enrolled in engineering and started playing rugby on my adult team. Mark is also an only child.… Continue reading Why We Do Things – PART II