Making the Intangible Tangible

If you follow professional sports, you may have heard commentators say something like, “That player has many intangibles that make him/her great at the game.” What it means is the player has something a little extra special in his/her performance, ability, or understanding of the game that is difficult to qualify and quantify. In the … Continue reading Making the Intangible Tangible

Ready, Set, Goals!

As we begin our new year, we renew our focus on district-wide, school-wide, and classroom goals. Students themselves are a vital component of the goal setting process, and they should have the opportunity to create and pursue meaningful learning goals. What can classroom teachers and content specialists do to help students establish such goals? In … Continue reading Ready, Set, Goals!

SCORE with Student Engagement

As a band director, I conducted my fair share of performances. In case you’re wondering, it does involve a little more than just standing in front of the musicians flapping my arms! Creating a beautiful performance involves knowing how all the parts work together to achieve the musical goals of the composer. All of the … Continue reading SCORE with Student Engagement

Encouraging Risk Taking in the Classroom

In 1564, English author, poet, and publisher produced the book A Dialogue Containing the Number in Effect of all the Proverbs in the English Tongue.  One of the most well-known and often recited proverbs from this publication is as follows:  Nothing ventured, nothing gained. This wise adage reminds us that action and risk taking are … Continue reading Encouraging Risk Taking in the Classroom

A Measure, Not THE Measure

NFL scouts use a spider graph to assess prospective wide receivers on twelve elements they deem important to success in the league. Those elements include height, weight, arm length, hand size, 10-yard dash, 40-yard dash, bench press, broad jump, cone drill, 20-yard shuttle, and 60-yard shuttle.   During a presentation at the ASCD Conference on Educational … Continue reading A Measure, Not THE Measure