Monthly Archives: October 2011

Online vs. Print-Based

So, you may have figured out by now that we offer both ONLINE and PRINT-BASED courses. Many of our courses (currently 44 out of 69, to be exact) are offered in both formats. You can check out lists of each on our website, or look for the “PB” in front of the course number, or the picture of the mouse (computer mouse, not Mickey) in our catalog. Continue reading

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Work Load

Measuring workload is risky business (just as is evaluating teacher performance) – it is extremely subjective work, in my opinion. It’s akin to having me tell kids that they must read 10 pages a day, or that their papers have to be 3 pages long – neither of those things measure knowledge, only time and length. Continue reading

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Games are not just for 40 year olds who live in their mom’s basement. This article from Edutopia helps to bring to light what we can do to create games that are enticing to young people, while meeting curriculum and skills. Continue reading

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How to Be “Folks”

We have to (always!) be on the lookout for opportunities to reach out and offer ourselves. And we have to have confidence that our kindness will be received. Continue reading

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Falling into Beauty

I know it’s boring to talk about the weather, and it usually means that you have nothing else to talk about it. But this fall, it’s worth talking about. It’s been amazing! Now, if we can just get 2 more months of this – I say – “LET IT SNOW!” It is Minnesota after all and we can’t avoid the inevitable forever. Just hoping that fall hangs in for a little bit longer. Continue reading

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To Stump My Son

My 13-year-old son asked me the other day to tell him something he didn’t already know. He wasn’t asking in a smart aleck way. He just knows he is pretty smart and has a mind like a steel trap, quite unlike my sieve-like brain. Continue reading

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There’s a lot of talk about cursive instruction going the way of my Air Supply 8-track cassettes, as it is no longer in the core standards that so many states have now adopted. There is some research out there that would indicate that cursive uses a part of the brain that will now go unused. Continue reading

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