Stuart's Spectacular Students

This is dedicated to my amazing students. The goal is for each and every one of them to feel unstoppable by the time they walk out of the classroom door for the final time in May. This chronicles their journey; their own Chronicles of Self-Actualization.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Give Yourself No Limitations and You Become Limitless!

Another great result of project/homework research diagraming the oft-difficult-to-comprehend Scientific Method. This was brought to class by...uh...by er, uh....let's see...um....OK I can't remember. I'm an old man and you all do so much extra that it's hard for me to remember who it was. According to some of you it's hard for me to remember anything past three seconds anyway; something about a goldfish. Now let's see, what was I writing about?


Oh yes! This is Essence who was a student of mine last year. By December she had already earned ALL of the possible AR reading points the school was hoping someone would earn by the end of the school year. She accomplished the school's highest annual goal IN HALF the time! No one has ever done that at Orlo Vista Elementary where we both were. I entered myself in the contest just to give her competition and challenge her. We both did it!


According to a research study on average reading time, Essence was doing as much as a college senior! Argue for your limitations and they're yours. Give yourself no limitations and you become limitless!


Games in school? Games? They're not there to play! Ah yes, Obi-Won, but it is in playing that some students learn best. And it's good to hear their laughter anyway. And it is a great way to teach the interpersonal skills they'll need to operate effectively in the world that awaits them. And....no, that's enough "ands".

Before school we are natural learners, through play and inquiry and the magic of wonderment and asking "why?". School has in the past "trained" us to stop all this nonsense and sit in our chairs and listen to the teacher pour his great knowledge into our little empty heads. I say enough with this nonsense, let's really learn with as much "nonsense" as we can.


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