coffee and boiled eggs with Dan Ariely

Ideas are like babies, everybody loves their own. Even if you’ve never had kids, you know inherently that this is true. Dan Ariely has proven scientifically that this is true. Well OK not exactly but that is one of the things I got out of his excellent TED talk. He talked about motivation, hard work, and the depression you feel when your hard work is under appreciated.  …

its just math

engineering ‘s mathjust a bunch of word problemscancel the units

coffee and a breakfast shake with Conrad Wolfram

Math makes the world go around, well OK maybe not directly, but it does describe its motion pretty well. The problem with math is the way we teach it or at least that’s what Conrad Wolfram thinks. I think he’s right on the money.     He makes the same argument about math education that I’ve…

coffee with Sting

return to your rootssee again the things you’ve seenyour muses awaitAs we speed through life living our dreams we need to stop look and listen from time to time. Sting reminds us that even with immense personal successes bringing greater and greater opportunities sometimes we need to return to our roots for inspiration.

let them learn

its about the studentsits about their engagementlet teachers teach Students only learn when they are engaged and most standardized test are less than engaging. This Haiku was inspired by my experiences in the classroom both as a student and an instructor combined with something Sir Ken Robinson said on breakfast withe TED. He said we need to get legislation at out of…

steak and eggs with Sir Ken Robinson

Students only learn when they are engaged and most standardized test are less than engaging. Sir Ken Robinson, in his talk titled “How to escape education’s death valley,” said we need to get legislation at least at the federal level out of the classroom and that we should use tests  to help the teachers not…

a crab meat omelette with Angela Lee Duckworth

Do you want phenomenal success? Then maybe you need to get you some True Grit. I don’t mean the movie, I’m talking about the kind of grit that Angela Lee Duckworth explains in her TED Talk. She defines grit as “passion and perseverance for very long term goals.” As a school teacher and then as…

hawian scramble with Joshua Katz

Is our education system the problem? Is it toxic? Is it damning our nation? Joshua Katz thinks so and I think he might have a point. As a student I hated tests, all they tested was my ability to pass the test. Don’t get me wrong, I was good at passing tests but the tests…

coffee and a bagle with Salman Khan

In this talk Salmon Khan of the Khan Academy tells us about his vision for how the tools that he started making just to help his cousins understand some math concepts can be used to help transform the the world into one large classroom.     I know from my experience as an educator that the best…

coffee with Shahrzad Rafati

+Shahrzad Rafati grew up with limited media choices and now, some years after moving by herself from Iran to Canada at the age of 17, she heads a media company based in Vancouver. In her TED talk she tells a little of her story and about how she is certain that the media she did get…