Uh-Oh. I Just Discovered a Feature on my iPad Kindle App…

Some readers of my blog may recall that for my birthday this year I asked my wife and sons to each gift me a book that they really liked. The first book I randomly chose to read was Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life by Rory … Continue reading Uh-Oh. I Just Discovered a Feature on my iPad Kindle App…

A Different Kind of Leader

Last month I wrote about the "Wacky Genius of Herb Kelleher", the founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines, and I thought it would be hard to find another CEO who is not your typical chief executive. Well, today's Wall Street Journal had a profile of an individual who just might fit the bill. Jack … Continue reading A Different Kind of Leader

Has Technology Taken the Fun Out of Ding-Dong Ditch?

I'm guessing most of us have done it. Ran up to a neighbor's house, either knocked on the door or rang the bell, and then ran away before anyone answered the door. In the U.S. it's known as ding-dong ditch, and it's probably one of the first pranks kids learned while growing up. It's a … Continue reading Has Technology Taken the Fun Out of Ding-Dong Ditch?

A Winning Combination: Community College + Apprenticeship

I have written multiple posts about community colleges, which I consider a hidden gem within our educational system. Back in 2016, I wrote an homage to community colleges, and I wrote a follow-up in 2017. In 2019 I also wrote about an alternative form of post-secondary education, the trade school, and focused on one particular trade school … Continue reading A Winning Combination: Community College + Apprenticeship

Thanks to Chase, Bill, and Andy, I Finally Started Meditating

A few years ago, serendipity led to having a former student, Chase, visit my classroom to give a talk and a demo on meditation. You can read about that wonderful visit, including unfiltered student feedback, by clicking here. Ever since then, I've wanted to get in the habit of meditating, but it never seemed to … Continue reading Thanks to Chase, Bill, and Andy, I Finally Started Meditating

Day One of WordPress Stats Detox Completed…

My name is Jim, and I look at my WordPress stats way too much. Part of the problem is that I have the WP app on my phone, and it is just so easy to check my stats when I've got a few free seconds. And it seems like I've got way too many "a … Continue reading Day One of WordPress Stats Detox Completed…

The Value of Learning to Write by Hand

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) say that both children and adults learn more and remember things more efficiently when writing by hand rather than a keyboard. The study’s author believes all modern children should receive at least some instruction in handwriting. The brain activity of 12 young adults and 12 … Continue reading The Value of Learning to Write by Hand

Is This What High School Should Look Like?

In a post this past week on Fred Wilson's wonderful site - AVC.com - he wrote about his venture capital firm's latest educational investment, Sora Schools. I spent some time reading about the school, and it sounds marvelous. Here is some information from the school web site: Sora is a live, virtual high school where … Continue reading Is This What High School Should Look Like?

Those Who Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

I knew months ago that a new WordPress editor was being rolled out, and I've read about the horror stories some people experienced when it was time for their blog to switch over. I kept thinking I would spend some time one weekend learning the new editor, but I never got around to it. Young … Continue reading Those Who Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

Google’s Year in Search

I'm only 10 years late on this one. Since 2010, Google has been putting together an annual video that reveals, in their own words, "the questions we shared, the people who inspired us, and the moments that captured the world’s attention each year." The video seems to be released in id-December of this year, so I can't … Continue reading Google’s Year in Search