November 13, 2014
Over the last 10 years, the performing arts have often been
pushed to the side in the name of needing more math and science or simply cut
to balance budgets.
Whether its band, chorus, orchestra, theater, dance or a myriad of others; the performing arts have their place in our schools.
Students desire to study and perform in the arts often in
addition to studying math and science or other academic content areas.
The Georgia Institute of Technology has one of the largest
marching bands in all of the colleges and universities…and there are no music majors at
GATech. Hmmm ... even future engineers like the arts...
In order to protect the arts in schools it takes commitment
and a willingness to make cuts in other areas, instead of in these classes. It
takes becoming good at creative scheduling and looking closely at what the
students want over the classes they could do without.
What could you do to help
protect the arts in your schools?
November 6, 2014
Taking the classroom to another level is what experience education is all about. In this age of standardization and efficiency what has suffered most is the field trip. In the minds of many, these are waste of time...no way!
Most travels associated with studies create the desire within kids to know more! Talk about ramping up learning! There is nothing better than exploring, touching the past, smelling the wilderness, and getting just a little bit muddy. As a principal and former Boy Scout Scout Master, I experienced some exciting adventures...and was able to find the right teachers who took Scout trips and made them part of experiential learning!
Too often these types of trips suffer from financial cutbacks and political garbage...Kids need to have adventures and you can make them happen!
You make kids want to learn more science, history and other academics if you just take the time and resources to make these trips part of your school culture!
Check out these links to know more!
Don't give in...make these trips a part of the kids educational pursuit and watch the interest in learning skyrocket!!!!
October 14, 2014
Cordy is the Executive Director of the Oconee RESA.
up in Wrightsville, Ga-Johnson County…the son of sharecroppers. As you listen
to Hayward talk, think about the ultimate lessons that his family taught him.
He could have complained and wanted someone to save him. He could have bemoaned
his station in life. Instead, he focused on succeeding. He didn't let others
derail his focus, he stayed the course and earned college degrees and
eventually became the superintendent of the same school system where he had
once attended class.
Hayward to explain … Damaged Goods, Choices and Consequences, The Greatest
Lesson Taught to him by His Family, and An Improbable Dream Became Reality.
many lessons to be gleaned from Hayward’s memories.
I hope that
you will come back and listen, again and again and share with others.
In a world
where it is easy to be negative about all of life experiences…Hayward’s recollections
make you realize that hard work and determination do pay off!
listening! I hope that you will take his words to heart!
more about the Oconee RESA or to connect with Dr. Cordy use the link or address