• October 17, 2021

Tags : tim holt

Op-Ed: Teacher Appreciation Week Needs to Go Beyond BOGO

Another May, another teacher appreciation day, week, or month, depending on who you ask. With the celebration came a slew of companies that were quick to jump on the “We Support Our Teachers” bandwagon. Typically, these businesses “supported” teachers by offering everything from a BOGO (Buy One Get One) deal for giant burritos (Chipotle) to […]Read More

Op-Ed: Ian Jukes gets InfoWhelmed, Proving Anyone can Fall for

Ian Jukes is a smart guy. He is one of the old guard of ed tech with a substantial resumé backed by decades of working with teachers and educational leaders. He has written several books on the “digital generation” as he calls it, the future of education and how our students should be digitally literate. He […]Read More

Op-Ed: Charter School Funding – It is a Scam

It is not difficult to log onto any local political blog and read commenters complaining about how “their” tax dollars are being misspent. Typically, the complaints are accompanied by claims of corruption, mismanagement, evil doing and all sorts of back door, smoky room wheeling and dealing. It has to be true they might say, because […]Read More

Op-Ed: We are teaching kids for jobs that don’t even

“We are teaching kids for jobs that don’t even exist yet.” Most teachers have heard that phrase, or some variation of it, during a professional development somewhere along in their career journey. It became popular around 2007 along with a video by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod called “Shift Happens” which successfully started many conversations […]Read More

Op-Ed: Hey kids: Let’s learn a useless skill!

Here is a little game you can play with your coworkers: try to find a document at your work that is written in cursive from beginning to end. Go ahead I will wait. How many did you find? I suspect that it was very close to zero. Here is the next game you can play: […]Read More

Op-Ed: Teachers That are Not Connected Take Away Opportunities From

Have you ever mentally kicked yourself in the butt for missing an exciting opportunity because you never knew about it? Missed that $49 Southwest ticket to Hawaii because your best friend who usually tells you about great deals didn’t text you this time? Don’t you hate that feeling? Sometimes you miss an event because of […]Read More

Op-Ed: Lack of Critical Thinking by Students and the Media.

A recent piece on a local news station depicted the supposed problem of “milky” water coming from a water fountain at a local high school. Indeed, a semi-viral video was taken that shows what appears to be the suspect water with some kind of white substance, flowing into someone’s receiving hands. “This is what y’all are drinking?” […]Read More

Op-Ed: Positive Deviance: A Different Way to Solve Problems

Chances are you have never heard of the term “Positive Deviance.” Positive Deviance (PD) is a way of problem solving. Instead of looking at the bad and trying to correct for it, one looks at the good and tries to replicate it. Positive Deviance has implications for how we try to fix problems in education. […]Read More

Op-Ed: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Stephen Covey, in his book on highly effective people, has a chapter entitled “Seek First To Understand, Then Be Understood.” He states: “If you’re like most people, you probably seek first to be understood; you want to get your point across. And in doing so, you may ignore the other person completely, pretend that you’re […]Read More

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