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“A Nation in Turmoil”

This was the headline in this morning’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser. I am so saddened by the state of our country. I rarely use this blog to share my political views, but this is not a political situation. It is a case of failed leadership.  It’s been a week since the tragic death of George Floyd. People…

When Reopening Schools Safety Must Come First

As more and more states and countries reopen their respective economies, schools will soon follow. Early lessons can be learned on how to do this successfully where this has already happened abroad.  Even though remote learning might continue in some form preparations for in-person learning have to be made. In a recent post, I outlined…

Work Smarter, Not Harder

I have a secret to share. In my humble opinion, I am not very smart.  While others might disagree, such as my mom, I pride myself on being extremely resourceful. However, this was not always my strength.  During my years as a teacher and principal, I would spend countless hours planning, researching, and attending professional…

8 Key Focus Areas for Developing a Re-Entry Plan

The COVID19 pandemic has radically disrupted both society and education as we know it. The chances of many things going back to the way they were are slim. I can say with confidence that a mentality of TTWWADI (that’s the way we’ve always done it) will not serve many people well going forward.  Hard lessons…

Okage Sama De – I Am What I Am Because of You

Recently, I learned that my parents seriously considered moving to California when my older sister and I were toddlers. Apparently, landowners were offering interested parties a plot of land to farm. My Dad was interested; he loved growing vegetables and fruits, and his ambition had been to become an agriculture teacher. As the oldest of…

I Miss Our Grandsons (and Our Son, too)

When we were told to stay at home during this pandemic, I knew my husband and I would be fine. After all, we are retired so it was a matter of adjusting to the new normal. Two months later, we actually are doing well, walking daily, eating more home-cooked meals, and planning our weekly “events”…

Protecting Kids During and After Remote Learning

With more and more schools either extending school closures or completely shutting down for the remainder of the academic year, a focus on remote learning will continue into the foreseeable future. While many schools and districts have had to grapple with digital equity issues, their focus will continue to be offering a blended approach to…

Playing with Math – Part II

Okay, so I’m almost done reading Math Recess by Sunil Singh and Dr. Christopher Brownell. Sunil is one of my recent friends on Twitter, and I’m intrigued by some of his posts. I also read this blog with a slightly different viewpoint about mathematics education. I see both viewpoints, and I remember sharing my doubts with Sunil…

Remote Learning Teaching Tips

There is so much pressure on teachers as more and more schools close for the academic year as a result of COVID19.  With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going.  It hasn’t been easy for them to say the least.  A recent eSchool News article highlighted that most…