I don’t know how we managed to be so fortunate. Only a few of our friends have been diagnosed with SARS-Cov-19, and as far as I know none have died of it. But still, the last year has been brutal on our family. Like most families right now, we are doing the best we can… Continue reading Sometimes the losses pile up
More, and Worse? The democratic institution of allowing citizens to vote was threatened even before the recent general election. The votes of tens of thousands of people were at risk of being ignored. And then? THEN irresponsible and unprincipled people began to advocate for open defiance of the laws of the land, and even for… Continue reading New Year, More of the Same…
Remote Learning. Pandemic. Covid. SARS-Cov-19. Social Distancing. Masks. Quarantine. Isolation. Work-from-Home. Black Lives Matter. These terms are not isolated to the year 2020, and except for Covid and SARS-Cov-19, are not new. The issue of public safety sadly took a back seat in an election year with a grossly under-prepared national leadership and woefully underfunded… Continue reading New Year: 2020 part TWO?
Round about October-November our son, Matthew, was discussing the “Raspberry Pi” computer he was using (an adjunct to his other devices). I asked if he was interested in getting the magazine and as a bonus (surprise!) it included a “free” basic raspberry pi device for me. It arrived last week. Tonight, Tom is helping me… Continue reading Playing Around: Geeking Out
It was past time for an update! 2020 is almost over. I will be glad to see it gone. 2021 is an unknown – but I am hopeful. The WordPress folks have a new theme called Twenty Twenty-One, so I am playing around with it. So far, I like it. I wonder if the year… Continue reading New Year, New Look
Remote learning. Distance education. Home schooling. These ideas came as a real shock to most families (and teachers!) in the spring of 2020. Districts and schools were woefully unprepared to support students who needed to work from home in terms of planning for supplies as well as how to deliver instruction remotely. Students without internet… Continue reading Asynchronous Instruction: The New Normal?
Like many people fortunate enough to live where they have a bit of property around their home, our yard has been a true spirit lifter these past six months as the pandemic wanders over North America and the rest of the world. From having something to think about and make plans for, to the ability… Continue reading What’s in the Garden/Garden-ability.
I have been increasingly dismayed by people from all walks of life who mistake the Declaration of Independence for a description of life as it was being lived in the colonies in 1776. Some consider the Constitution and its amendments as an exact step-by-step prescription for running the country, and as if it were a… Continue reading Goals are Aspirational, Not Descriptive
[I wrote this in March and July, but didn’t post it. I am posting it now… as we rapidly approach the end of August. I have more reflections, but will do those in a new post!] I am up early, the first Sunday of the official closure. We thought, last Sunday, that we would at… Continue reading School Closures: Mar-Jul 2020
Already we are in the last week of the first quarter. I have a wonderful group of kiddos this year – curious, energetic, and engaged. Not perfect (what class is?) but so willing to try, to try again, and to bravely keep trying even when they are clearly struggling. They are not struggling though –… Continue reading School Year, First Quarter