Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Evening Stroll in Buffalo


I love a lazy Sunday and this is one of them. Went for a walk in a park with my family. Then we went to a diner. I love diners almost as much as I love Sundays. I had breakfast even though it was lunchtime. Having breakfast for lunch at a diner on a Sunday is a great day. Plus there were a bunch of stacked tires in the diner parking lot which made for a cool picture. I'm tired and happy on this lazy Sunday.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Puffs on Plate

"Where Data is King and Jargon is Queen"

I don't want to lose track of the phrase "where data is king and jargon is queen," which appears on page 213 of This Is Not a Test by José Luis Vilson. I love that phrase. There are valuable uses for data and some amount of jargon and buzzwords is inevitable, but we need to remain critical and creative thinkers so that we don't automatically accept any new idea that comes along packaged in data and trendy language.

Throughout the book, Vilson emphasizes the importance of building relationships with students. We can introduce all the technology, accountability measures and evaluation systems we want, but what remains paramount in education is that we treat students as people, teach them with respect, and strive always to connect with them in ways that enhance the teaching and learning process.

I have a healthy respect for data but I am not a "datamaniac" (a term Vilson uses on page 184 that I like). Of course we can use data to help us understand how we can improve all parts of the teaching and learning process. But we need to be cautious about assigning magical powers to data. Data are not the be all end all.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Enormous Vehicle, Skinny Popcorn

On my way to the grocery store today, I drove behind a Hummer.

I don't see a lot of Hummers on the road these days. Which makes sense because of the price of gas. Also, it looks as though people prefer large automobiles rather than gigantic ones.

While doing my shopping I noticed a new product. I buy a lot of popcorn and this is the first time I've seen this brand.

I am inspired to develop a popcorn product called "Middle-Aged Guy With Expanding Waistline." Naturally, I will lend my own image for marketing purposes.

Look for a focus group in 2015. There will be beer and popcorn.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Some Love for Buffalo

Yesterday, I did my best to capture Buffalo in summer splendor:

It was a beautiful afternoon at the Erie Basin Marina. A perfect day for my kids to enjoy a walk on the rocks:

There are times I like to sing a Buffalo love song. Ten years ago, I wrote about how Buffalo was really the only place I could have written my dissertation. I stand by what I wrote in this piece.

I live in a suburb now but that doesn't mean I can't have strong pride about Buffalo. It's known as "Buffalove." Tina, my wife, gets this photo credit:

Buffalo and the entire Western New York region is a great place to live, work, and play. In the winter, too. Like a famous song goes, "the cold never bothered me anyway."