Archive for May, 2016

Word Work Wednesday

As educators, we know and understand the importance of vocabulary instruction, but we don’t always have the time to make our vocabulary activities engaging and meaningful. Sometimes it may be because of time constraints, other times, it may be that we are just having a hard time coming up with new activities. So, for today’s […]

In Service

The BBC/PBS television show Downton Abbey finished its six-year run in mid-February. Like many of you, my wife, Kelly, and I became avid watchers of the show. In the process, I became aware of a phrase that is both very British in nature and quite specific to the Victorian Age and early 20th century. The phrase is in service; a phrase the aristocracy used […]

Disagreeing with Shakespeare

  “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet….” Maybe, but none would smell it if you called it a rotten banana instead of a rose. I’m just suggesting that the Bard may not have hit the nail on the head on this one. Let me explain. We persistently use the term “gifted” […]