Respectfully, Mr. and Mrs. Gates, You’re Wrong

  For better or worse, education is a lightning rod topic in politics. In an election year, it’s super-charged. This year, the discourse largely centers around Common Core, testing, and teacher accountability. Consider a few of the most recent political sound bytes and positions: Hillary Clinton, who has been largely supportive of Common Core, has repeatedly…

60 Years Later… We’re Still Learning from Einstein

Indisputably, Albert Einstein was a genius. In fact, his intellectual achievements and contributions to modern science have made his name synonymous with the word genius. So what enables a man who was described by his earliest teachers as “mentally handicapped” and “a poor student” to conceptualize space, time, mass, and energy in a way that would literally change the…

6 Ways to Engage the Whole Brain

There has been a lot of buzz lately around the maker movement. Recent brain-based research support the notion that hands-on making, building, and creating not only nurture creativity, but also impact cognition, working memory, and innovative problem solving. While we don’t have to have the working knowledge of neuroscientists, if we’re going to improve our…

The Road to Happiness is Paved with Grit

We must encounter frustration and failure to enjoy success. Wait… what? It seems  counterintuitive – both in the education world as well as the business world – to find both happiness and success through failure.  In the classroom, we work hard so that kids have the knowledge and skills to get the right answers. And the sum of…