Childhood Wonder

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APOLOGY: There was an error in the earlier post of today’s comic. Please excuse this second corrected post.

As students get older, it gets increasingly difficult to attract — and maintain — their attention. This is why I keep my mini-lessons under five minutes. This is also why a ten-minute YouTube video takes forever to watch, and why cooking something for two minutes in the microwave seems like an hour.

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Teacher Travels

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If you are traveling this new year, just remember that airports are not like schools. 🙂

Were You Talking to Me?

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Have you ever spent time reaching out to a student to show you care, and told him all about your life in hopes of teaching him some lesson through your mistakes that might help him in his own life, only to have him take out his earbuds indicating that he had not heard a word you said? Me, either. Boy, that would be embarrassing…

21st Century Skills

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I hope the new emphasis on 21st century skills (cell phones, smart phones) doesn’t completely eliminate the need for 20th century skills like paying attention, listening, and doing work.

Distracted Teen Drivers

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Today we are all probably guilty of distracted driving to some degree. But teens lack the driving experience and — as observed in my own class — attention spans — to do this at all. Nobody should drive while distracted, but the ticket for teens should be like $100 million…