Finals Week -- Help!

Posted on Thu, 05/15/2014 - 13:18
It is that time of the year again for our middle and high school students. It is the time when a year’s worth of facts and lessons and demonstrations and labs will be measured through recollection, recitation, sleep deprivation, and self flagellation in an event known as Finals Week.

Spring: The Perfect Time to Teach

Posted on Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:17
I have the very distinct blessing of living in one of the most beautiful cities in this incredible country. Spring in Austin, Texas is a magical time. The fields of bluebonnets and Indian-Paintbrush turn roadsides purple and yellow, blue and red. A simple Sunday afternoon can absolutely lift the heart. Couple those incredible colors with the majesty of a fast forming thunderhead that reaches endlessly into the sky and you soon truly believe that a creator had to have his finger in making something so beautiful.

Our Firm Foundation in Faith

Posted on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:15
I work with educators. I spend my time helping educators deal with student behaviors and attitudes. We work together to create a better teaching environment as well as a place where students can grow intellectually and developmentally.

I Work, Therefore I Am.

Posted on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:55
Every time I open my web browser, I see something about a diet or a savings plan or a self-improvement program. We are constantly looking for ways to be better to do better and, often times the thing we want the most, to have better. I started wondering about the real purpose for so many of these self-improvement movements and fads.

The Teacher Dropout Rate

Posted on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 11:09
An interesting study from Alliance for Education Excellence found here provides some interesting findings on why teachers are leaving the teaching profession. Here are the top three reasons for the teacher dropout rate:

A Tragic Indifference to Violence

Posted on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 10:04
We are becoming desensitized to violence as a nation. I was watching the news last night and it was chilling when the newsman said, “Well here we go again, another shooting at a mall in …”

Today I Dream

Posted on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 09:05
Today is a day this great nation has set aside to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We know of his unflinching yet unrequited desire for equality. We know of his soaring words and his uncompromising leadership. “I have a dream” shares the same reverence in the annals of American heritage with “Four score and seven years ago”. Standing at the precipice of history, Dr. King chose a path that led millions of people to a better life, even at the cost of his own.

A Christmas Smile

Posted on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 15:44
As a preteen in Big spring Texas I used to dream about owning a BMX bicycle. In the early 80s if a 12-year-old boy had BMX dirt bike bicycle he was definitely one of the cool kids. From jumping curbs to bunny hopping to popping wheelies to just riding around our small west Texas town, there could be nothing cooler than being the proud owner of a real BMX bicycle. The problem was that my family, like most in Big Spring, was an oil field family (the working type not the owners) and BMX bicycles were outside of our reach.

Welcome to the New Leaps Expert Blog!

Posted on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 17:16
We are so excited to offer you great words of wisdom from the Leaps expert on social and emotional learning, Jay Burcham. Jay wrote every word of the Leaps program out of his desire to change school and classroom culture through teaching students and teachers that learning is a behavior. Jay will react to and discuss current events every Monday and delve into the social surroundings of our nation's teachers, students and administration. On Thursdays, Mr.

Common Sense Isn't Always Common

Posted on Fri, 01/01/2010 - 14:35
Have you ever had your own personal V8 moment? You know what I am talking about – those V-8 commercials where someone figures out something blatantly obvious and slaps themselves on the forehead and says, “I coulda had a V8”. As a personal connoisseur of Spicy V-8, I was always amused by those commercials but found them a little goofy. Did that fella really think he needed to eat that wheelbarrow full of carrots?