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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Big Ideas, Volume 2 - Math Education

1. Math is the study of patterns ...

· Arithmetic studies patterns of numbers.
· Algebra studies patterns of variable numbers.
· Geometry studies patterns of shapes.
· Logic studies patterns of thought.
· Calculus studies patterns of motion, change, and space.
· Statistics studies patterns of data.
· Probability studies patterns of chance.
· Linguistics studies patterns of language.
· Topology studies patterns of position.

2. Students must learn to do math, and must then learn what math does.

3. Language (how we use words and sounds to communicate) and discourse (verbal expression in speech and writing) are more important than vocabulary (knowledge of words).

4. Language mastery is the key to content mastery.

5. Language mastery is the key to self-expression - which develops self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-discipline.

6. Content mastery is predicated upon using self-expression to build self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-discipline.

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Big Ideas, Volume 1 - Leadership

1. Every moment matters. What you observe intently and act upon immediately can make huge differences.

2. Respect and manage time properly. People want what they want when they want it, and you sometimes have to teach them how to treat you. Establish consistent protocols and firm boundaries that will minimize interruptions, and enforce them kindly.

3. Skills pay bills. Today's performance-based economy demands leaders who can delegate and demonstrate. Devote time to learning the "how to", even if you have people who will take care of it *for* you. It will engender a mutual respect - employees will respect your leadership, and you will respect what your employees do on your behalf. These acts of servitude and discipleship allow you to in effect multiply yourself.

4. Skills trump wills. In these times, working by brute force and burning the midnight oil only magnify stress and hasten burnout. To not grow weary, work well and efficiently.

5. Do not mistake activity for achievement. A dog that chases his tail looks busy, but accomplishes little. Current dog chasing techniques include back-and-forth email barrages that belabor the obvious and beleaguer the productive. Going-through-the-motion meetings are another example of this phenomenon.

6. "NO" is a blessed word. There are times when you must say "no" to another person's agenda to say "yes" to your purpose and mission. Do not be deterred from your priorities by trying to be all things to all people. Why do you think the letters "n" and "o" are adjacent in our alphabet? It is because they should be used together - say "NO" so you can stay "ON" course!

7. All ideas are great ideas, but no idea is a plan. Plan with the end in mind, but give a hearty respect and consideration to the means required to achieve the end. A shopping list created without consideration of cost or budget is a project disaster waiting to happen!

8. Authority is not power - it is the right to exercise power. Power is the ability to work efficiently. Those who work efficiently amass considerable influence in the workplace.

9. Perception is not reality, but perceptions *shape* reality. Just as perceptions shape reality, though, reality also shapes perception. Speak the truth in love to inform both your own as well as the perceptions of others. Those who think only with their eyes are often easily fooled. What a fool believes, he sees ... and no wise man has the power to reason away.

10. Those who tell often do not know, and those who know often do not tell. Excessive talking and posturing is a telltale sign of an unproductive person. Listen and work more than you talk and shirk (responsibilities). Enough said.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Digital Content Catalog - October 19, 2010

PhotoMosaic (JPG) - The Big Picture (18" x 24") ($24.95)

PhotoMosaic (JPG) - Tech High Titans Logo (24" x 18") ($24.95)

PhotoMosaic (JPG) - Tech High School Crest (24" x 24") ($24.95)

Tabula Rasa - My First Volume of Poetry (PDF) ($19.95)

Now You Know History Quiz Bowl Posters (PDF) ($19.95)
Now You Know is a gameshow played in the tradition of "Jeopardy" that presents the exploits of extraordinary people in an inspiring, "edutaining" way. Volume I presents the exploits of 50 inspiring people as a book suitable for your coffee table.

2 To 1 (Take 4 - Edited for Internet)

2 To 1 (Take 4 - Edited for Internet)

A video announcing the engagement of Derrick and Keisha on July 10, 2010!

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