RE@L Blog's: "EdTech Thought for the Week! Vol. 4" - October 30, 2017 - "Tricks Or Treats!"

Unknown-2Trick or treat numbers are on the decline they say. Either kids today are choosing better snacks or they already have plenty of access to to remedies for their sweet tooth.

We remember that our Halloween sojourn was the only day in the year when we could have enough candy to get a stomach ace, and still have some candy left over for another week or so. Back then, we all brought penny Halloween cards to class, one for everyone in the class.

Unknown-4We are not sure exactly what goes on in classrooms today on or near October 31, but we’re guessing good wishes and good snacks are a part of it. We’d like to join in the parties and extend our best Halloween wishes to teachers and kids everywhere. School is hard work for everyone, and an occasional fun celebration goes a long way in strengthening the team relationships between and among teachers and students.

In our good old days, we were supposed to do a trick in order to get the treat. In all those years, only one candy donor ever asked me for a trick. Having no trick with me, I told them I could make a coin disappear. They gave me a dime. I put it in my pocket and said, “It disappeared!” They all laughed and I got to keep it, plus a Baby Ruth bar. Never got asked again.

Unknown-1We wish all Halloween celebrators a day of fun and team-building skills. You won’t get a better treat than team-builiding. EVery classroom is a learning team and your teacher is your guide. You don’t need any tricks to learn, either. Just plan your work and work your plan.

IMG_2053The biggest and best treat is to be in a classroom that is dedicated to our showing that we know and are learning to grow in both understanding and mastery. There is no “i” in Team. But there is an “e”. It stands for “everyone.”

If you have a classroom like that, thank your teacher.

If you are the teacher, RE@L thanks you!

We at RE@L know it’s not a trick. It’s a lot of hard work. That’s why we work hard with teachers and students to come up with powerful new ways to learn with EdTech!

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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.