• September 17, 2021

Tags : tim holt education

Op-Ed: What is Important?

A few years back, graphing calculators were introduced almost universally to math classes across the US in secondary grades. “Well, teachers, said back then to their students, “Don’t get too attached, You won’t have a calculator with you everywhere you go.” Lo and behold, now, with smartphones ubiquitous, everyone pretty much has a calculator with […]Read More

Op-Ed: How Dual Credit Courses could save millions of dollars

A big trend in high school public education is the “Dual Credit” course. This type of course provides students a parallel avenue to take college courses while at the same time getting high school credit. For instance, a student might take a “Dual Credit” Chemistry course where the course is taught both at a Community […]Read More

Op-Ed: Does Teacher Ego prevent the adoption of Ed Tech?

My friend Kevin Honeycutt used to tell a story of a professor of American Literature who was droning on about a particular short story in his class and became increasingly frustrated with a student in the back row who was paying more attention to his laptop than to his lecture. Finally, attempting to get the […]Read More

Op-Ed: Teacher Evaluations as a movie Review

What if teacher evaluations were written as Movie Reviews? Here is my ode to Roger Ebert, Education Evaluator… Corina Tipton – High School Biology 2019 ★★★ ½ Ninth Grade  – Release Date: 6-5-2019 I once had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Corina Tipton at NSTA several years before she became the Worchester High School […]Read More

Op-Ed: Ten years of School shootings in the United States:

William Penn High School Dunbar Vocational Career Academy Cahokia High School Zebulon Middle School Central High School Westover High School Chimborazo Elementary School Leestown Middle School Aplington-Parkersburg High School Mattituck High School Wilson High School Brockton High School Booker T. Washington High School Livingston High School Discovery Middle School Inskip Elementary School Deer Creek Middle […]Read More

Op-Ed: Go Karts and Ed Tech

When I was but a lad, there were several go kart tracks in Northeast El Paso. One was at a miniature golf course which had an orange dinosaur, and one was dedicated solely to go karts farther north on Dyer street. I remember, as a 9 or 10 year old, the thrill of riding these […]Read More

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to Bring Back the News

When I was growing up, I listened to the radio stations KELP (920 AM), KINT (1600 AM) and XROK – which was from Juarez but had a killer signal that could be heard all the way down into Central America on a clear night. My Dad listened to KTSM (easy listening and a favorite of […]Read More

Op-Ed: Cruel Pedagogy – Adding to the List

Steve Wheeler came up with a 10 item list called “Cruel Pedagogy.” In it he lists ten things that teachers should do to be cruel while teaching; where the practice of teaching becomes a cruel experience for the students. It might very well be that the teacher is a nice person, but the pedagogy they use, […]Read More

Op-Ed: Advice for Graduates: Learn to Play Scrabble

As the class of 2019 sets out into the new world, I thought I would share some words of advice that come not from me but rather from Scott Wakefield, an Assistant Professor, and Chair of Illustration at RMCAD in Denver. Professor Wakefield came up to my daughter after she had received her diploma and left her […]Read More

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