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The Geeks Have Inherited the Earth

It’s true. The geeks have inherited the earth.

Self-proclaimed “geek,” Dr. Brian Housand, is living proof of this when he took center stage as the keynote speaker for the Florida Association for the...

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Mummy Facts to Share with Your Students...

With Halloween around the corner, you may find these MUMMY FACTS of interest to share with your kids. 

  1. Many mummies, male and female, were buried with extra hair wigs for the afterlife.
  2. Mummies of pharaoh (kings) had onions place in the eye sockets for eyes.
  3. With Halloween around the corner, perhaps, you may find these MUMMY FACTS of interest to share with your students.
  4. Many mummies, male and female, were buried with extra hair wigs for the...

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Starting a Schoolwide Enrichment...

Note: This is the final installment of a three-part series.

If you’ve read my last two blogs, you know that starting a schoolwide enrichment cluster program is both rewarding and challenging.  After you have cleared the logistical hurdles, you get to focus on the fun part: watching the students create product and services and share them! This is where the Parent Showcase comes in.

At the end of the 10-week program, I arranged a showcasing day in the school’s...

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Pumpkins Factoids to Share with Your...


Learn about Pumpkins!

1. Pumpkins are thought to have originated in Central America, specifically Mexico. Some seeds found date back to 5500 B.C.

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2. Top pumpkin growers are U.S. farmers, growing more than 1.5 billion each year.

3. The word pumpkin comes from the...

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Starting a Schoolwide Enrichment...

Note: This is the second installment of a three-part series.

 

In the last blog, I began telling my adventure of launching a schoolwide enrichment cluster program. In this second installment, I’d like to dive into the part of the story, where I discuss how I overcame challenges with space and training coaches.

The school where I work is located on a very compact campus. It’s vertical in design, third-stories, but very narrow.  Worse, despite several pleas, classroom...

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Happy Diwali 2014!

The 2014 Diwali, or Deepavali, celebration begins on October 23 and lasts for 5 days.

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Whopper of a pumpkin grown! It's a...

The world record (North America) for heaviest pumpkin has been smashed once again! Last year,Guinness World Records crowned Tim Mathison, Napa, California,with the record for his 2032 pound pumpkin.This year's gourd , grown by John Hawkley, was weighed at a pumpkin contest in California. It tipped the scales at 2058 pounds! That's the size of a small car. Amazingly, Hawkley also had another pumpkin that was over 2000 pounds(that's ONE ton!).

Photograph from LAtimes.com

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Rigorous Grading Using Microsoft Word...

The following is an excerpt about electronic grading file naming strategies that lead to faster grading techniques from my new 2014 Westphalia book entitled, Rigorous Grading Using Microsoft Word AutoCorrect: Plus Google Docs.

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Starting a Schoolwide Enrichment...

Note: The following blog is the first of a three part series on my adventures in launching a schoolwide enrichment cluster program.

 

Sometimes, you just get lucky.    

I was looking for a way to expand an enrichment cluster program that I had piloted the previous school year.  With the help of some dedicated parents, I was able to offer three different clusters-...

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Whole-Group Enrichment: A three-step...

 

 

As of this writing, I have a student who just loves to learn. She soaks up new knowledge and skills like a sponge. Though I only work with her a short time during the enrichment reading block, she has made incredible strides on her research project. She is grade-levels above her peers in regards to her reading ability, and the basic curriculum simply won’t challenge this child.

The interesting thing is that she is not “gifted”—at least not in the eyes of the...

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The Geeks Have Inherited the Earth

It’s true. The geeks have inherited the earth.

Self-proclaimed “geek,” Dr. Brian Housand, is living proof of this when he took center stage as the keynote speaker for the Florida Association for the...

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