Facing the Monsters of Terrorism


"You can choose teaching that, yes, there are monsters, and it's OK to be afraid of them. But it's not OK to let them win. And it's not OK to be one." ~ Criminal Minds ...... 

Since Paris and now Brussels there have been 13 terrorist attacks and over 450 innocent deaths, for some kids that doesn't include the murders happening on their own streets as these kids had to deal with in December.......... 

Let's face it, there ARE monsters and there will only be more as more of us become afraid to out think them and more of us feel hopeless, unloved, and unappreciated as children and join the monsters as adults........

.So let's do it ~ We feel STRONG for ourselves and our children not sorry. ......

We go out and take back and make safe our streets for us to get to school and work and into environments of UNLIMITED LEARNING & LOVING........

and we all leave at the end of the day too INTELLIGENT, too CONFIDENT, too LOVED, and too STRONG to ever cower in fear of or crawl into recruitment of the monsters we have made smaller that day....

As we get bigger, our monsters get smaller, and we do have monsters, so we must get bigger, and we are!..... 

I think the future looks great because I am willing to fight greatly for it to be that way.


Time to Turn Heaven into Valhalla

Marcis and others have already grown one year in 3 quarters, but still need to grow 1-2 more years in the last quarter.....How in the heaven are we going to pull this off?  I'm already tired of just thinking about it and I'm sure they are too......Everyone in the class has desire.........Now it's time to turn it up and set that desire on fire....Make it explode.......This is the only way we're going to pull this off....And I think I'm going to use this video at the beginning of each day as the lighter......Make them feel it. Make them believe it.  Make them ignite it. Make them collide it deep within their molecular cells like the Sun collides its molecular elements to produce unbelievable light and heat......Thank you former student Raian Natsheh for reminding me of how we played this in our 5th-grade class and what it did for you.....On March 28th we're going to turn Heaven into Valhalla


Help Lucky Find the Meaning of Unknown Words

Help Lucky the Leprechaun Determine the Meaning of Unknown Words

This is a great holiday-based vocabulary learning lesson for school or at home.

Includes an answer key and a printable student evidence/artifact coloring sheet.

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Try it Out and Learn to Wipe it Out!

We're not just going to try it out.

Today we're going to WIPE IT OUT!

Today I'm going to tell my students that I want to erase our learning goals off the board. That can only happen if 100% of us achieve the learning goal, which is only knowledge and ability, not the highest levels of self-evaluation and creativity. What's on the board is the box. We accomplish that and we jump out of the box and off the board and into a world of creativity.


Kick Our Students' Limited Worlds Into the Pit

Life as it is now, and for a long time now, has brought with each passing year the heads of severed dreams and hopes to our school's steps, and threatened our students with the slavery of dreaming, doing and becoming small in a go-through-the-motions recreation of the same day over and over in a walking death as adults and generation after generation.

They were either taught they were dumb by a dumb paper-testing-only system of determining who's intelligent and who is not, and which school gets an A and which does not.

This has been true for as long as we have been using the factory-producing-model of school-producing workers, and not thinkers, that we needed after we swallowed the fears the World Wars produced.

The body of a murdered woman was brought to the steps of the street this year across from my students' school. This year my body and brain needs to be bigger than it ever had been. 

I cover my body in muscle to protect my organs and bones from the hits that must be taken, and build my brain with the wisdom of the Seven Sages of Socrates to understand how to teach them. 

And take all the love and belief I've had for all of my former students to fill  the hearts and heads of my current ones.

This year we take back their hopes and dreams and fill them again with all that they can be and become in the world by kicking all the negative realities and future limiting probabilities into a pit from which they will never return. 

We do this fearlessly and completely, one student at a time, one street at a time.


What We Do in Our Classrooms Echoes in the Hearts and Minds of Our Students Forever

What We Do in Our Classrooms Echoes Forever in the Hearts and Minds of Our Students

We get them to face their fears and face their realities

And make them courageous enough to overcome and improve upon them.

If you want to wear the helmet,

earn it.

Do something you've never done before.

Perform on a level you've never reached before.

Become more than you've ever been before.

Be more at the end of this day be more than you were before you left your bed and walked out your door.

Marcis has set his sights on getting on grade level and is 25% away from graduating the Kindergarten level in reading.

Gevonte just graduated into the 3rd grade level.

I'm almost out of the Kindergarten level of becoming a millionaire, having made more from my writings in January of this year than I did in all of 2012, and more by the end of February than I did in all of 2013.

Dream and Dream Big ~ Then Do Bigger than you've ever done before,
And Become Bigger and more than you ever were before.

Why can't every student learn and grow far beyond where they started the school year? 

Why can't teachers become as wealthy in their wallets as they are in their hearts? 

Why can't all children sleep safely in their beds knowing they have a tomorrow as happy and unlimited as they desire it to be?

Why can't we all sleep knowing no children will be abused to death while we sleep?

And zero people will be killed by an act of terrorism?

Who says we can't?

Current reality?

Let's be bigger than what we see and are today and create a bigger and better reality we get to see and be tomorrow.

We've figured out so much; how to sail past the edge of the horizon without falling off and being eaten by monsters,

How to fly in the sky even though man wasn't born with wings,

How to set foot on the moon and see far beyond even though some have died in the process of making this dream a reality.

Joadeliz has set foot on the moon of becoming a gifted thinker. Now she can spend the rest of the year and her life becoming a gifted creator.

She has gone from being shy and insecure to roaring like a lion and being the first to win the Jessica Gaffin award.

Now the universe is hers!

The dangers we face in attempting the Great Dream are nothing compared to the changes we can make that will echo loudly in our hearts and minds and last forever in our lives!