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STEPHEN KING ON CUTTING WORDS…

September 17th, 2014

In the current issue of The Atlantic, Jessica Lahey interview Stephen King in How Stephen King Teaches Writing. Here are a few bits I found interesting. Lahey: By extension, how can writing teachers help students recognize which words are required in their own writing? King: Always ask the student writer, “What do you want to […]

STEPHEN KING ON SENTENCE DIAGRAMMING…

September 16th, 2014

In the current issue of The Atlantic, Jessica Lahey interview Stephen King in How Stephen King Teaches Writing. Here are a few bits I found interesting. Lahey: While I love teaching grammar, I am conflicted on the utility of sentence diagramming. Did you teach diagramming, and if so, why? King: I did teach it, always […]

ME TOO, WALT… ME TOO…

September 14th, 2014

COMING SOON TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL…

September 12th, 2014

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE…

September 12th, 2014

CHARLES W. KINGSFIELD JR. SPEAKS…

September 11th, 2014

The study of law is something new and unfamiliar to most of you; unlike any schooling you’ve ever been though before. We used the Socratic method here; I call on you, ask you a question and you answer. Why don’t I just give you a lecture? Because through my questions you learn to teach yourselves. […]

THE WAIT OF THE WORLD…

September 10th, 2014

NEVER DO A TASK WELL UNLESS…*

September 3rd, 2014

What swiftly happens, the masters of strategic incompetence learn, is that people stop expecting you to undertake certain tasks; they no longer ask you to do them, and they adjust how they rate you: your failure to perform the activity stops counting against you. If all this sounds overly Machiavellian, it’s worth noting that it’s […]

MEDITATION ON KURT VONNEGUT: VIII…

August 30th, 2014

As a teacher, I was usually pretty good at helping people become what they wanted to become. I didn’t try to make them resemble me. – to Mark Vonnegut on 20 March 1972, p. 180. Kurt Vonnegut: Letters. The challenge here is to help students decide what they want to become. Vonnegut was working with […]

YOU CAN SLEEP WHEN YOU’RE DEAD…

August 30th, 2014

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MORE WRITING LEADS TO BETTER WRITERS…

August 29th, 2014

Mouse-over: I’d like to find a corpus of writing writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher’s 7th grade class every year)–and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. I’ve heard the idea that […]

THE KIDS ARE SLEEPY…

August 25th, 2014

Many studies have documented that the average adolescent in the U.S. is chronically sleep-deprived and pathologically sleepy. A National Sleep Foundation poll found 59 percent of 6th through 8th graders and 87 percent of high school students in the U.S. were getting less than the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep on school nights. […]

TREATING SYMPTOMS, NOT DISEASE…

August 13th, 2014

[MIT professor John Gabrieli found that] …medication for ADHD improved the performance of normal kids by the same degree that it improved the performance of kids with ADHD. p. 88 From Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

ROLDO RIGHTS ON LEBRON JAMES:
HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEWS TODAY…?

August 12th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole asks: Have you watched the news lately? Did you see the Plain Dealer front page Saturday with LeBron James, arms extended, face raised, eyes-closed in seeming ecstasy? Jesus-like? Do you check the front page of the Pee Dee daily, or its web site Cleveland.com? Do you think you live in a world of […]

AS WE GET READY TO RETURN TO SCHOOL…

August 10th, 2014

Rule No. 10: “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” John Cage’s 10 Rules For Students And Teachers. HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. […]

AS WE GET READY TO RETURN TO SCHOOL…

August 9th, 2014

Rule No. 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think. John Cage’s 10 Rules For Students And Teachers. HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything — it […]

AS WE GET READY TO RETURN TO SCHOOL…

August 8th, 2014

Rule No. 8: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes. John Cage’s 10 Rules For Students And Teachers. HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything — it might […]

AS WE GET READY TO RETURN TO SCHOOL…

August 7th, 2014

Rule No. 7: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things. John Cage’s 10 Rules For Students And Teachers. HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to […]

AS WE GET READY TO RETURN TO SCHOOL…

August 6th, 2014

Rule No. 6 Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make. John Cage’s 10 Rules For Students And Teachers. HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything — it might […]

AS WE GET READY TO RETURN TO SCHOOL…

August 5th, 2014

Rule No. 5: Be self-disciplined — this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way. John Cage’s 10 Rules For Students And Teachers. HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. […]

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