Tag Archives: Education

Big Read 2018 Kickoff: Pierre Sauvage

The Big Read Kickoff. Pierre Sauvage and the movie, Weapons of the Spirit,  were the first scheduled events for our Big Read. Pierre gave a very informative talk about the Holocaust and held a brief Q&A.

On Sunday, November 12th, Pierre spoke on First Responders to the Holocaust. He told of those who helped save many lives when the Nazis decided to completely wipe the Jews from the face of the earth. He also spoke of those who did nothing. The title of his speech, First Responders, is an oxymoron. There were no first responders as in the sense that there were those brave enough to do something, anything. He definitely gave the audience something to think about.

More events to come.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s time to think about getting that mammogram you’ve been putting off. Come by the NSU Broken Arrow Library and check out our Breast Cancer displays. The display on the 1st floor is filled with information on Breast Cancer stats and more.
Did you know:

  1. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among U.S. women (excluding skin cancers) with about 252,710 new cases expected to be diagnosed in 2017
  2. It is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S.
  3. Eighty-one percent of breast cancers are diagnosed among women ages 50 years and older
  4. Non-Hispanic white (NHW) and non-Hispanic black (NHB) women have higher breast cancer incidence and death rates than women of other race/ethnicities
  5. MEN: The American Cancer Society estimates for breast cancer in men in the United States for 2017 are:
    • About 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed
    • About 460 men will die from breast cancer

Stop at the Breast Cancer display table on the 2nd floor and honor or remember a loved one. Write a note and pick up a treat. Remember to do your self-exams and tell other women (and men) about the importance of learning about Breast Cancer.

Why You Should Talk to the Librarian!

Paula Krebs, the Dean for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University, wrote this wonderful guest post on Vitae, the online career hub at the Chronicle of Higher Education.     As stated on their website, “the Chronicle is launching Vitae, which offers free career management tools, a powerful community, and the candid insights that academics need to build successful careers and fulfill their mission.”

In her post she basically addresses the notion of moving beyond the classroom when thinking about student success.  She highlights librarians, academic advisors, student affairs staff, the registrar, financial aid, veteran’s affairs, institutional research, etc., as groups that faculty members should get out of their offices and network with on a regular basis.

Here’s a link to the full post: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/673-why-you-should-talk-to-the-librarians

Posted by Tom R.

How Google is Changing Education!

Here’s an infographic that outlines the impact that google is having on education (source: TopMastersinEducation.com).


Posted by Tom R.

7 Key Ingredients in the Successful 21st Century Classroom!

Here’s a wonderful post (courtesy of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, via Stephen’s Lighthouse, thanks).  How many of these ingredients make up your school/classroom?

“Every modern school should have at least 4 things in technology or take off the modern and just call yourself a school:
  1. a STEM Lab.
  2. Genius Hour.
  3. Flat Online Connections and Collaborations. 
  4. A network engineered to support 1:1 or better.
  5. A Connected, Passionate Educator
  6. A Worthy To Be List
  7. The Flexibility to  be a Teacherpreneur”

Here’s a link to the original post (with more detailed explanation of each ingredient).

Posted by Tom R.

“For what are you grateful today?”

Many labels have been applied to the current generation of college students, many of them disparaging: lazy, distracted, aimless, needy, greedy, and self-absorbed. Some of the emerging adults who populate college classrooms earn these labels with their classroom behaviors and mediocre performance. However, within most men and women who are 18-22 years old, there is a capacity for greater things.

What is your story of skillful teaching? Is it of teaching as an activity full of unexpected events, unlooked-for surprises, and unanticipated twists and turns that take place in a system that is often considered controllable and predictable? If so, you may wish to read on.

In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder identify eight intellectual traits as essential to the development of the human mind. These traits are set against their opposites—those traits which impair the mind, eclipsing its potential for growth and discovery: intellectual humility vs. intellectual arrogance, intellectual courage vs. intellectual cowardice, empathy vs. close-mindedness, and so forth. According to Deborah Miller Fox, teacher of creative writing, composition, and literature at Anderson University, those first three are matters of both the mind and the heart. All are premised by the assumption that we are not in the world solely for our own benefit.

She teaches at a private Christian liberal arts university, so she enjoys a freedom to integrate her faith with her teaching, a freedom that many of her colleagues at secular institutions do not enjoy, no matter what religious faith they may practice. This freedom prompted her to address an attitude that she sees as an impediment for anyone who wishes to learn, whether that person is 18 or 80: entitlement. Many of her students, though certainly not all, come into college from a life of relative comfort and prosperity. Very few of them have even witnessed, let alone experienced, the kind of demeaning, debilitating poverty that starves the life and kills the spirit of millions of people around the world.

She has come to believe that prosperity is its own kind of impairment. In an effort to address the sense of entitlement that prosperity and comfort breed, she decided to call her students into a posture of humility. Inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book, 1000 Gifts, Ms. Fox started a list on the first day of the semester and invited all of the students in all of her classes to contribute expressions of gratitude to this list every time they meet. She arrived early enough to open the Word file and project it on the screen in the classroom, and then she started class sessions with this question, “For what are you grateful today?”

Ms. Fox explain, “on some days in some of those classes, I was met with silence. These students were not muted by hostility or belligerence; they simply had nothing to say. In other classes, and on other days, I had to cut them off after five minutes of listing their thanks so we could get to the business of the day. My purpose for this habit was to call my students into a posture of humility so that they could be teachable”. We cannot learn when we are crippled by arrogance.

The certainty that there is nothing for us to gain from our attention to someone else’s agenda debilitates the educational process. Scott Russell Sanders’ reminds us that to educate means “to lead out.” In The Force of Spirit, he identifies ten fundamental powers of story, insisting that “what stories at their best can do is lead our desires in new directions—away from greed, toward generosity, away from suspicion, toward sympathy . . . .” Fox further explains that “one purpose in putting this list of blessings in front of my students every week and inviting them to name the things for which they are grateful is to lead them away from arrogance and entitlement toward humility and gratitude. Though this posture is consistent with the tenets of my Christian faith, it is also consistent with the tenets of civil discourse and scholarly inquiry”. Saying “Thank you” requires a person to acknowledge his or her indebtedness. Your students may not be indebted to you, but they certainly are indebted to someone if they are sitting in a college classroom.

As students and teachers, we are part of a community that stretches far behind us and will stretch far beyond us into the future. In this context, indebtedness is a gift, not a burden.

So, as you prepare for your next class session, you may wish to consider incorporating this technique of understanding and responding to the emotions of learning.

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Paul, R. and Elder, L. (2010). The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools. Dillon Beach: Foundation for Critical Thinking Press.

Sanders, S. R. (2000). The Force of Spirit. Boston: Beacon Press.

Voskamp, Ann. (2010). One Thousand Gifts. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Social Media in the Classroom!

Here is a wonderful inforgraphic (courtesy of www.onlinecolleges.net) that I ran across on Stephen Abram’s blog (Stephen’s Lighthouse).  Have you begun to incorporate any of this technology in your classroom yet?  There’s still time, it’s not too late.  Happy Monday!


Race to Nowhere!

Don’t forget tonight’s free screening of the film “Race to Nowhere.”  

“This remarkable new film shines a light on the price young people pay for this ‘race to nowhere.’   High stakes testing has replaced meaningful teaching and learning.  Cheating is commonplace.  Stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant.  Many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.”  (Text from promotional materials.)

This event is free and open to the public and while registration is preferred (http://www.racetonowhere.com/epostcard/3983), no one will be turned away at the door.

Following the film there will be a discussion panel comprised of the following individuals:

  • Lucky Lamons, President & CEO of Tulsa Foundation for Schools
  • Ashley Bowser, Broken Arrow Public High School Teacher
  • Sheila Hayden, Broken Arrow Public High School Teacher
  • Alex Adkins, Broken Arrow Public High School Student
  • Ricky Mason, Broken Arrow Public High School Student
  • Christian Stout, Broken Arrow Public High School Student (Alternate)
  • Alex Walker, Broken Arrow Public High School Student (Alternate)

Many thanks to Derek Blackburn (Broken Arrow High School Principal) for helping to coordinate our panelists.

So please join us tonight, at 7 PM, at the NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium (in the Administrative Services Building).

And, mark your calendars for the next film screening event: “Waiting for Superman,” Thursday, March 10, 2011, at 7 PM, at the NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium.

Posted by Tom R.

Who is using new technology to teach?

According to the latest National Survey of Student Engagement,

[W]omen faculty are more likely than men to use course management tools such as posting announcements, grades, and lecture notes, and associate professors are less likely than instructors/lecturers to use the same types of tools. Interestingly, older students (at least age 25) used interactive technologies significantly more often than traditional aged students…This may be partially explained by the fact that older students take more classes online.

Differences by discipline were another interesting finding. Students majoring in business, education, and professional fields other than engineering used course management and interactive technologies most often..However, education faculty used interactive tools significantly more often than their counterparts in other disciplines.

Posted by Linda Summers

Thank You, Tulsa Voters


For passing the largest school bond in Oklahoma history.

Thank you for showing the students and teachers of Tulsa Public Schools that you believe in them and will do all you can to ensure their success.


Or as TPS Superintendent Keith Ballard so eloquently stated after hearing the good news,

To the citizens of Tulsa: On behalf of 42,000 kids who are going to ride those buses or walk to schools tomorrow, thank you …We have a sacred trust with the citizens and children of Tulsa … we understand what a sacred trust means, and we will live up to our promises” (quoted in Tulsa World).

*Image © University of Oklahoma

Posted by Linda Summers