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“The sad truth is that the educational deficits of boys may be one of the least-studied phenomena in American education” ~ Sommers, 2013, p. 38 My growing focus and emphasis as an elementary school principal is to lead a concerted effort to address this deficit by formally instructing my teaching faculty in the unique character,…

Thanksgiving editorial comic

  Why is it that stores begin to display costumes, ghoulish yard displays and bring in pallets of candy in…..August? Then, the day after Halloween (and more often before) we see Christmas trees at Home Depot while we’re still in shorts and t-shirts! Sandwiched somewhere between Halloween and Christmas is a Thursday holiday that is slowly becoming a…

small child hugging Bible

The skeptic among us will read this month’s title and think, “oh yeah, they’re natural worshippers alright. They worship themselves!” Ouch. Unless we’re being a little too hard on Calvinists, let’s all agree that we are born with what theologians call “original sin.” And yes, children don’t have to be taught to sin. They come by it honestly because…

hands getting dirty in ceramic clay - Photo by Karen Maes on Unsplash

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Last year I learned how to replace the brake pads on all 4 wheels of my wife’s car. Not only did it save me the cost of a professional mechanic’s “bench time”, but I learned a valuable skill. I was…

lonely snowman

by Dan Sarian The Thanksgiving – Christmas corridor can be anything but “the most wonderful time of the year.” The expectations of the holiday season (a time for family, gatherings, gifts, joy, happiness) can trigger feelings of sadness, depression and disappointment due to heightened expectations of what the season is supposed to deliver. We need to…

building blocks

by Dan Sarian As one of the few males at the Elementary Campus (I’m not complaining, just sayin’) I continually ask myself and my teachers how we can best shepherd the warrior hearts of our young men. God designed boys to be strong, initiators, builders, carry tools and swords and are built to generally protect…

photo by Steve Halama; contemplation

by Dan Sarian Maslow and Self-Actualization – Is this Biblical? Is your child motivated to learn? What makes a student want to learn? Why do some students appear highly motivated and others not? All students have a motivational trigger, something that activates their will or drive to be engaged and apply themselves. But if your…

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by Dan Sarian One Teaching Style Does NOT Fit All Are you smarter than a 5th grader? The answer isn’t as easy as you might think. According to Harvard psychologist and researcher Harold Gardner there’s more to one’s intelligence than an IQ score. Almost 80 years after the original intelligence tests were developed (credited to…

bridge

by Dan Sarian How much information did you retain from your 13 years of grade school? If, on average, you were exposed to 800 hours of instruction per year, well, do the math. That’s a lot of instruction! We’ve all crammed for tests and quizzes and then “dumped” that information out of our short-term memory…

goldfish in a fish bowl

by Dan Sarian “A few years ago the city council of Monza, Italy, barred pet owners from keeping goldfish in curved bowls. The measure’s sponsor explained the measure in part by saying that it is cruel to keep a fish in a bowl with curved sides because, gazing out, the fish would have a distorted…

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