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To keep moving forward effectively then I must keep finding the graceful balances between these

being proactive and being responsive

pushing the round boulder up the hill and riding the raft down the river

knowing what the next graceful step is and sorting through the too-many alternatives

soaring along on the currents of wind like a hawk and chopping down trees like a beaver…


Added by John S. Oliver on February 4, 2018 at 15:39 — No Comments

Star Wars has Theology, Doctrines and an Online Temple of Jedi Order

Star Wars is not just a hugely popular group of movies but it is more.

I came on the following materials that opened my eyes to the deeper levels of this.

While I enjoy the movies, I do not obsess over the matters between viewings. Yet there are millions of passionate fans all over the world that have the posters, action figures, and costumes a…


Added by John S. Oliver on December 14, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

If You Enjoy Movies Then Consider These

I admit that I like to watch movies on Netflix and at the multiplex. I also like short animated videos on Youtube.  


For years I have wondered about what went into making such visual works of art. At the end of the movie there are the credits with lots of names. There are titles for the types of workers that were finally explained in this short Crash Course lesson.…


Added by John S. Oliver on November 23, 2017 at 11:06 — No Comments

Pond Times

I sat by the pond in the city park.

There was a tiny current passing through the pond.

At both ends the small but constant movement could be seen.

This pond was a few meters across and maybe one meter deep.

It had been carved out of the earth during run offs from heavy rains.

The banks of the pond showed erosion that exposed roots of trees.

There were tangles of sticks that netted odd bits of litter.

Green strings of algae were draped over many of…


Added by John S. Oliver on November 23, 2017 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Consider this Alternative to Yoga

I like Qi Gong better than yoga.

There are many Qi Gong videos on Youtube and these are the ones I like best and use.

I especially like the ones by Lee Holden.

These and others like it on Qi Gong are available for FREE at Youtube.

Imagine how these simple and gracious movements can help those with stressful jobs like teachers, police officers,…


Added by John S. Oliver on November 7, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Ivy League Professors Exhort Their Students and All Students to --- Think for Yourself

Some Thoughts and Advice for Our Students and All Students…


Added by John S. Oliver on September 24, 2017 at 8:30 — 5 Comments

What Parents Look for in a School

Have you wondered what is going on in the minds of parents who are considering a school for their child?

It could be a private, charter or public school. It also could relate to preschool or after school program.

Note that a parent needs to consider this each time the family moves. And they might consider it if not pleased from year to year.

The top 3 considerations according to this study are safety, quality teachers and academic…


Added by John S. Oliver on August 27, 2017 at 4:32 — No Comments

Described myself in 50 words

 Joining an online business association that asked to describe yourself in 50 words and here are mine.

Here is the video where the founder describes the value of this…


Added by John S. Oliver on August 25, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

X on My Calendar

My black marker makes a daily X on my wall calendar.


I like to know at a glance where I am in context of the month.

Days and weeks seem to blur together.

This simple action makes time become my personal graphic.


Rationally I know each day has 24 hours.

But emotionally time seems to change pace.

Some days and weeks seem faster than others.

That steady addition of another X is my objective pace car.


The truth is…


Added by John S. Oliver on July 26, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

The Evolution of Classroom Technology

Classrooms have come a long way. There’s been an exponential growth in educational technology advancement over the past few years. From overhead projectors to iPads, it’s important to understand not only what’s coming next but also where it all started.

We’ve certainly come a long way but some things seem hauntingly similar to many years ago. For example, Thomas Edison said in 1925 that “books will soon be obsolete in schools. Scholars will soon be instructed through the eye.” I’m…


Added by John S. Oliver on June 11, 2017 at 8:00 — 3 Comments

Cell Phone


I talk into the bottom of this wee box.

At the top of the box the voice of my brother responds.

He lives hundreds of miles away.

I hear him as well as if he was across from the dining table.


One time per month an affordable bill is sent to each of us.

We can do this again next month if certain protocols are followed.


My super huge telecom company sends an electronic bill to me.



Added by John S. Oliver on May 21, 2017 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Case Study of Project Based Learning Taken to the Maxium

Here is the blog post that gives an overview. 

The forward-thinking curriculum of Studio H is designed for the true 21st-century student. It's based on real-world applications, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and immersive student collaboration.

Here is the website related to Studio…


Added by John S. Oliver on April 15, 2017 at 6:30 — 3 Comments

MORE Evidence that Teachers Change Lives

* You Changed My Life *.


I met Frankie the day I walked into his sixth-grade classroom as a fledgling student teacher full of fear and trepidation. I had just spent two years assisting at a day care center and had decided to go to teacher's college to become a kindergarten teacher. What was I doing in a sixth-grade classroom? 

Frankie wasn't…


Added by John S. Oliver on March 30, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Here is my article on leadership - what do you think?

Leaders Provide Guidance


Here are my reflections on qualities of a great leader.

A leader provides the following kinds of guidance to an organization.

That organization can be a family, small group, class, church, school, company, club, etc.



Conceptual Guidance

Mission statement

Vision statement

Core values

Other elements of strategic planning





Added by John S. Oliver on February 15, 2017 at 15:30 — 5 Comments

Please beta test this ebook for business owners

What follows began as a collection of a few links to online resources that might help some friends. Then as I did that I recalled more and more resources. This has become an initial draft of an ebook. For a very long time I have planned to make short videos of each such resources with keyword tags.

There is more I…


Added by John S. Oliver on December 20, 2016 at 9:23 — 1 Comment

Resources for mothers during the holiday season - please forward

Based on my observations it seems that the role and responsibilities of a mother are very many. It seems that it is tough enough to be a mother during most of the year. But then during the holidays there are yet more tasks piled on for juggling and completing with a smile.


I genuinely care deeply about all mothers. That includes mothers of infants, toddlers, regular kids, teens and adult children as well as…


Added by John S. Oliver on December 6, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Bud to Soil

Let us start considering an elegant cycle in nature.


The leaf is the main character with thousands of coequal costars.


Begin when the twig is bare in the winter.

Then in due time the bud of the leaf emerges.

The tiny bud grows slowly to full size during the spring.


This lone leaf is a key member interconnected parts of the whole tree.

A leaf is in some cases evergreen and some cases it changes with the seasons.



Added by John S. Oliver on November 20, 2016 at 17:30 — 3 Comments

I Plan to Apply Myself as an Educator in this Practical Arena

Here is a great example of a chronic problem in developing countries and how an organization has developed a workable solution. This sanitation solution has been proven in Haiti.

And by working with Aggies we can distill the lessons into digital educational modules so the concepts can be used all over the globe. We will work in partnership with this and other similar solution…


Added by John S. Oliver on November 18, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

30 Ways to Better Reach New People and Engage Your Audience

This podcast by Story  Brand gives an overview of an abundance of options you can use to improve your story telling that will improve the connections and interactions with your audience.


Just hear the podcast and read the summary notes on the show notes. Also this is based on an article from Harvard Business…


Added by John S. Oliver on October 19, 2016 at 5:00 — 2 Comments

The History Of Learning Tools [Infographic]

You’re going to want to print out this infographic and, at the very least, share it with your fellow teachers and even students. It’s all about the history of education technology and could be used to educate just about anyone on how far we’ve come in a short period of time. We did a more in-depth look at the history of education technology about a year ago but this infographic is a lot more……


Added by John S. Oliver on September 22, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

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