Showing posts from September, 2012

Visiting Author

Ms. Julia Cook, author of numerous children's books, visited MMS today, sharing with us the writing process and many of her books. Our favorites were about boogers and potty training. Thanks for visiting us today, Julia.

Getting Ready to Go


Farther Along...

...but still not there.

Our First Ropes Challenge

Not high up in the air, but still a challenge. All of the group has to get up in the air with arms linked. The students are not told how to do it, only what they can't do. Lots of problem-solving going on.

Leadership Training

Our first activity at the Arkansas 4H Center. Our class officers and student council members are undergoing the ExCEL leadership training. We are on the ground now but will be in the air in a couple hours. Whoo-hoo!

Mulberry Parade

Ms. Tvrdik, MHS Agriculture teacher, dressed up as a gypsy and drove her buggy in the Mulberry parade. She and all of our FFA students represented Mountainburg well at the Crawford County Fair this past week.

6th Grade Library Opening Day

The 6th grade library located in Ms. Holcomb's room opened yesterday. With several guest speakers, students from the high school, and with cookies, the 6th grade classes celebrated, read, and enjoyed a good day.

"I Got Dragon Pride"

One of my middle schoolers came to me this morning, showing me her nails, saying, "I got Dragon pride!" Cool.

Curriculum Content in the Age of Common Core

I ran across an interesting article on a blog today entitled “I Never Needed to Know That.” The blogger noted things that he learned in High School that he never used. He mentioned Algebraic equations and the like (sorry Mr. H). A lot of good points were made in this article. Is it necessary to be able to do 35 long (I mean really long) division problems without error? Does knowing how to identify the difference between a demonstrative pronoun and a demonstrative adjective demonstrate intelligence or ability outside of a worksheet? (I can do that, by the way, in both English and Spanish. Don’t I sound smart?) Furthermore, technology truly changes the game. Do we need to teach certain skills that are easily and readily taken care of by assistive technology? For instance, while I did a walkthrough in physical science today, a question came up in discussion and the students turned to me to see if I could figure out the answer. I said I would give it a shot, so I literally spoke to …

The Labor of Our Teachers

Well, Labor Day has a little over an hour left, and I am working. I have been working all day. Perhaps it has been the same with you; nonetheless, we set aside this day to honor all who work and labor. Truly all work (legal, ethical, and moral work, that is) is honorable. From computer programmers to grocers to machinists, labor finds a place of respect and dignity.

I am in the education business, though. Every day I have the privilege of seeing teachers teach, students learn, and progress being made. As principal, I have the greatest job in the world. Just as an obstetrician has the joy of seeing human life form in the womb, I get to see human potential come to life in my school.

And I think that what teachers do is that important. Just as doctors make decisions regarding life (breathing, heart-beating kind of life), teachers help create a life (future, enjoyment, and possibilities) worth living.

Teaching is not easy. We do not get to pick our students. We do not control their home l…