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DailyGood: 9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn, by Leo Babauta

March 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Below is an interesting article on what all students need. As a school leader I am constantly trying to think of how (and what) to prioritize what students learn at school.  There simply isn’t enough time to teach it all. Take a look a the article and see what you think.

let’s look at a good set of essential skills that I believe children should learn, that will best prepare them for any world of the future. I base these on what I have learned in three different industries, especially the world of online entreprenurship, online publishing, online living … and more importantly, what I have learned about learning and working and living in a world that will never stop changing.

via DailyGood: 9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn, by Leo Babauta.

Tags: 21st Century Learning · education

Learning about other cultures

October 21st, 2010 · No Comments

Today I had the fortune of seeing some Gr 3 students  in Mrs Holmes class learning about the Diwali festival. One of the parents talked  to the class and had the students paint some clay “lamps” (the lamps signify the triumph of good over evil).

a student designs his lamp

a student designs his lamp

Tags: education

What will schools do??

October 20th, 2010 · No Comments

How will this affect the future  of education?

# Cell phones – 85% of Americans now own a cell phone. Cell phone ownership rates among young adults illustrate the extent to which mobile phones have become a necessity of modern communications: fully 96% of 18-29 year olds own a cell phone of some kind.

# Desktop and laptop computers – Three quarters (76%) of Americans own either a desktop or laptop computer. Since 2006, laptop ownership has grown dramatically (from 30% to 52%) while desktop ownership has declined slightly.

# Mp3 players – Just under half of American adults (47%) own an mp3 player such as an iPod, a nearly five-fold increase from the 11% who owned this type of device in early 2005.

# Game consoles – Console gaming devices like the Xbox and PlayStation are nearly as common as mp3 players, as 42% of Americans own a home gaming device. Parents (64%) are nearly twice as likely as non-parents (33%) to own a game console.

# Tablet computers and e-book readers – Compared to the other devices in this list, e-book readers (such as the Kindle) and tablet computers (such as the iPad) are relatively new arrivals to the consumer technology scene and are owned by a relatively modest number of Americans. However, these devices are proving popular with traditional early adopter groups such as the affluent and highly educated–ownership rates for tablets and e-book readers among college graduates and those earning $75,000 or more per year are roughly double the national average.

via Main findings | Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Tags: 21st Century Learning · education

The Circle

September 9th, 2010 · 24 Comments

A video from Day One. . .

Create your own video slideshow at

Tags: education · video


September 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Tags: education · math · recess · science · technology

A Global Look

February 22nd, 2010 · 5 Comments

We are fortunate in Bedford to have a diverse student population. Below you can see the various parts of the world where students at Lane come from.

Let me know if I missed any. (note: I just added the US)

Tags: Uncategorized · education

Kids and Behavior Speaker

December 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Bedford SEPAC and BYFS


Dr. Ross Greene

Author of

“Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them”


“The Explosive Child”

January 26, 2010

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Bedford Town Hall Auditorium

For more information, call (781) 275-7727

Tags: education

Interview with Mr Ackerman

November 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment


I was interviewed by two grade 5 students yesterday. Thankfully, they didn’t ask me any tough questions :)

Tags: Uncategorized · education · safety · social studies

Big Questions for Lane Kids

October 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

One of the areas Lane staff is looking to strengthen, is getting the students to think of units in terms of “big” or “essential” questions.  This helps students to be inquisitive toward the subject matter, as well as provide a chance for deeper learning. Below is a question that Mrs Lerra posted for her students’ study of New England history.  Does this make you think?


Tags: education · social studies

Did You Know?

August 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

This is a video that is quite popular in education, as schools try and prepare our students for their future.  I am interested in hearing your thoughts on it.  Please leave a comment below.

Tags: 21st Century Learning · Uncategorized · education