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Thoughts While Mowing Part 2

While mowing yesterday my mind wandered – as it often does – and here are some of those thoughts.  Not too many answers but more questions…. Is it possible to “quantify” a teacher’s impact on a student? Is there really a tool that can do this?  For every teacher?  Who …

Diversity and Equity

*Warning – this post has over 3,700 words.  It will deal will some very strong issues of education in our state as they relate to my equity and diversity course and the associated readings that we covered this past semester.  My final paper will be in APA format, if you want to …

An Open Letter to the Oklahoma House of Representatives

Ladies and Gentlemen, There are three senate bills that I would like to encourage you to add to your session before the deadline to do so passes.  SB 708 eliminates any end of instruction exams that are not federally mandated.  The amount of school time that is lost due to all …

My Bucket List

Taking a break from thoughts on education…. Here is my bucket list, order not important! Run the Oklahoma City Marathon – I was sitting in my car at the University of Central Oklahoma studying for a test in Adolescent Psychology when it sounded like a lightening bolt hit right behind …

5 Things We Need to Quit Pretending About Education

I saw a tweet from Wes Fryer that got me thinking – so here they come in no particular order… We need to quit pretending schools have to be so so unequal.  It should not matter if you live in the suburbs or are living in the inner city, every student has …

#Oklaed – This One is for You!!

One of the best things about the beginning of my week is the #oklaed chat Sunday at 8:00 CST.  I can’t tell you how much energy this chat gives me.  The ideas, the passion, the issues, the suggestions, the conversation – it often keeps me up well past my usual …

Success Defined

Let me start be telling you what success isn’t: its not winning the lottery, its not getting the big bargain, its not getting perfect grades, its not making a million dollars… These examples could be used to describe success, but that would depend on the person.  I think that most …

TEDxOstateU

On my bucket list is giving a TED talk.  I could listen/watch Sir Ken Robinson or Jane McGonigal all day long!  These amazing people inspire me because of what they believe about the two areas that I am so interested in researching: education and gaming.  Having the opportunity to speak …

If I Am the #Oklaed King for a Day!

600 words or less – what would I do for education in Oklahoma…most of my experiences are centered on the high school – it’s where I lived for 18.5 years. #1 – Completely reorganize the way that high school looks.  No more seven period days.  No more mandatory credits, no …

TEDxOStateU! Big IDEAS!

Ok kids – I have done it… One of the dreams that I have is the opportunity to give a TED Talk.  I am now one step closer to this reality!  I had posted earlier what my TED Talk would look like, read it here… For TEDxOStateU this post would …

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