The countdown mentality
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Two more weeks ... Three more days ... You hear these kinds of statements often during the last few weeks of school.
I remember feeling this way when I was an 8th-grade teacher, but it was because I was sad to see my kids leave. I loved the time I spent with my students and didn't want it to end. In contrast, most of my teaching colleagues were making these statements from an 'I can't wait until it's over' mindset. I definitely was an anomaly (granted, we did work in the 'toughest' middle school in the city).
Just one more hour... Should we be concerned that our students count down the days or minutes until school's over, that they run gleefully for the buses at the end of the day or school year? Or is it just youthful exuberance for whatever's next?
Just one week to go... Should we be concerned that many teachers count down the days or minutes until school's over, that many are glad that their time is done? Or is it just bone-tired weariness speaking?
As you can see, I've got some questions about this countdown mentality.
The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?
- History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
- In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
- Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.
Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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