Sep 06

What Does It Mean?!

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Week two is complete. Monday is day ten of the school year; with approximately 45 days in each quarter (and half that time for A-Day/B-Day classes), the first nine-week period is nearly one-tenth of the way complete.Week Two in Review (Semester Class)In class, your children have begun giving mini-impromptu speeches. We are using questions from Garry Poole's "The Complete Book of Questions" in order to generate table topic prompts.…

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Aug 31

Happy New Year (in August)

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

The Official New Year (for Teachers and Students) I realize that New Year's Eve is not for another 120 days, but the New Academic Year moved into full swing last week.​The room is now decorated, formal introductions have been made with many parents, the syllabus has been published, and the first week of curriculum has been delivered.…

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Aug 01

A Social Spacesuit for a Law that Runs Forward and Back

By Patrick C. Ames | Social Media

Teachers help teachers – at least the great ones do. Great teachers also ask for help – they learn where to go to find the best information and from whom to seek advice. Great teachers are experts in knowing when to give advice and how to find answers.Almost immediately in my pursuit to improve as an educator, I began understanding how social networks enhanced communal achievement – and therefore individual achievement.…

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Jun 07

Education is the Art of Applesauce

By Patrick C. Ames | Poetry

Education is the art of applesauce: it’s the art of feeding a human race with knowledge — providing sustenance to the humanity gumming it in life, chewing with vigor for some morsel of hope, faith, or love. It’s the art of those who boast in the life of another — people who invest in the voice of a child, a friend, or an elder.…

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