Doing Just a Little Bit Extra Every Day

Doing the Same Thing Every Day vs. Doing Just a Little Bit Extra Every Day (1.00)365 = 1.00 (1.01)365 = 37.78 Small, consistent effort is the key. Whether it is learning a new teaching skill, developing sound classroom management, acquiring a new language, or instilling habits in yourself and your students, consistency is the key. And you don’t need herculean efforts. Just a little at a time will do. Trying to do it all at once is too much, but doing just a bit every day adds up after a while. As the folk saying goes: By the mile, it’s [...]

By |2020-07-20T16:05:10-06:00July 20th, 2020|Categories: Change, Encouragement, Growth & Change|Tags: |0 Comments

Leading Sociologist: Public Shaming is the Best Way to Change Minds

March 10, 2019 SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA ─ An astounding 89.3% of professionals change their minds as the direct result of public shaming and derogatory remarks by colleagues, a report in Innovation Diffusion Quarterly confirmed Monday. “Our research supports what many have long suspected,” an innovator told reporters. “Accusing, blaming and condescending remarks are far more effective than outdated methods such as kindness, listening and trying to understand concerns, or simply explaining the implications of research.” According to the study, the persuasive effect is the most pronounced when the debater uses harsh language and continually puts down the doubter on social [...]


Tom Hanks doesn't watch his own movies. Hanks says watching his own films would be a "horrible mistake." He claims that he's never seen "Forrest Gump," "Philadelphia," or "Cast Away," each of which got him an Academy Award nomination. He says he doesn't watch them, "because you never learn what to do. You only sort of learn what not to do." When it comes to professional development, observations are valuable. Both being observed by trusted colleagues and observing other skilled teachers can be helpful in developing our craft. I have received helpful feedback from respected colleagues, as well as drawing [...]

By |2020-01-23T14:23:04-07:00January 24th, 2020|Categories: Change, Professional Development|Tags: |0 Comments


“Teachers are losing the education war because our adolescents are distracted by the social world. Naturally, students don’t see it that way. It wasn’t their choice to get endless instruction on topics that don’t seem relevant to them. They desperately want to learn, but what they want to learn about is their social world—how it works and how they can secure a place in it that will maximize their social rewards and minimize the social pain they feel… How do our schools respond to these powerful social motivations? Schools typically take the position that our social urges ought to be [...]


SEATTLE, WA—Veteran local Spanish teacher Y.A. Basta, 37, reports he is still confident that this year his attempts will finally be fruitful and yield classes full of fluent speakers after 14 consecutive years of frustration. Basta admits that in the past, students could not remember anything, or even order a cup of coffee in Madrid, despite up to 4 years of intensive study in his classes. While most teachers would cry out, “Enough!” and seek different methods after such a run of failure, Basta is not swayed, confirming to sources that he will “stay the course” until he is successful [...]

By |2018-04-23T17:02:20-06:00April 23rd, 2018|Categories: C.I. Skeptics, Change, Fake News & Satire, Satire|0 Comments


319 books read completely in Spanish so far this school year in four classes of Spanish I and one class of Spanish III. This is a chart I asked student aides to make last week. Students were asked to indicate each book in Spanish they have read with a post-it note. They wrote their name and the title of each book they had read so far this school year. Only completely read books counted for this measurement. There is no contest, no prize, no score, no grade, no credit and therefore most likely no cheating. Just pride and learning. What [...]