Imaginary Friends…

Just sent this home to parents: Every morning when your kids walk in there is a whiteboard with some life changing information on it, some kids claim it is filled with witty nonsense, and the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.  Of course today is April Fools Day.  We had the obligatory loose change…

Opting out…

Each year I have been asking my daughter if she would like to opt out of the standardized tests we take in CT each spring.  Each year she has said no and given some pretty good age appropriate responses.  This year I did not ask.  I did not want her to feel pressured, I wanted…

Google Voice

Remember Google Voice? We have continued to use our Google Voice number for a couple projects each year.  We are using it right now for our INternational Dinosaur Roar contest (please join us!). No….I am serious.  Stop right now.  Take out your phone.  Call the number in the picture. I guarantee you will smile and feel…

Bad Joke Friday

We have a tradition in my class called Bad Joke Friday.  Each Friday we start off class with bad jokes. There really is nothing like sharing a laugh as a class.  Humor stretches our minds and imagination. It relieves anxiety and creates group unity.  It bridges a gap between teacher and student. It releases four…

Forgetful

I don’t have many memories of school.  I do remember in elementary school showing up for my baseball game only wearing socks.  I do remember in middle school always being reminded of homework and then trying to complete it on the bus.  I do remember day after day in high school running to my locker…

Shhhh…..

Follow @paulbogush My student teacher will be taking over all of my classes next week.  I’ll be posting this in our hallway tomorrow: Quiet… http://www.flickr.com/photos/tadolo/ “Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me — they’re shy and they live in their heads. They’re almost like artists. In fact, the very best of them are…

Deadlines kill innovation…

Follow @paulbogush I just read an article from Fast Company entitled “4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer.”  I could not help make the connection between the culture of “schools” and Apple’s culture. It was based on an interview with Mark Kawano who was a senior designer at Apple.  In the article, he dispels four commonly…

P-Day Intro

Follow @paulbogush My kids and I do a version of what is popularly called Genius Hour or 20% Time except we call it P-Day.  The P stands for Passion.  It is a way to inject 50 minutes of student-driven learning into school. If you have never heard of Genius hour it is easily Googalable.  Joy Kirr has…