The Oxymoron of Extra Credit

The nimiety of excuses that students offer to ask for extra credit near the end of a semester is truly remarkable. Regardless of the pretense, why ask for extra credit when the regular credit was not even attempted? Truly, extra credit is for the student who has completed all of the regular credit, and who wants to apply and synthesize what he’s learned in a challenging extracurricular way. This extension of curriculum aspect is why students never complete “extra” credit — because they can’t!

Lady Skins Raise Money for Guthrie Breast Care Fund

The Lady Redskin Basketball Team raised funds and awareness for the  Guthrie Breast Care Fund! The Ladies worked closely with the both Sayre and Towanda chapters of the National Honor Society. In the end, the two schools were able to present an astounding $2,827 to the Fund during the game with the Black Knights. Sayre won 47-5.

Photo credit: Daniel M. Polinski

Pictured here with the Pink Game Plaque and total dollar amount are Redskin Seniors (L to R):  Jayce Henry, Andi Noldy, Molly Ball, Kaeli Sutryk and Chloe Tracy.

As usual, making us all Redskin Proud!

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My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work, and those who take the credit. He told me to be in the first group; there was much less competition.

Indira Ghandi

Talent is Overrated

The Real Secret to Learning Hard Topics (like math)

We all know individuals who do well in school, especially in “tough” subjects like math. Those who do exceptionally well with math topics are often put on a pedestal. As they should be. However, they ought not be hoisted onto the “uber-smart-guy” pedestal. While good students are often intelligent, it’s not the proper pedestal. This implies that bad students are victims of a genetic lottery. There is something else that differentiates these top-achieving individuals from the would-be dynamos.

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What to Do When You Mess Up

Admit it, fix it, and move on.

When I was a youngster, I did something stupid. I had a job mowing the neighbor’s lawn. The grass had gotten to be about 6 inches high before the neighbor offered to hire me, but I still saw the orange extension cord uncoiled in the yard connecting the pool filter to the house. The grass was so high that I reasoned it would hold the cord down if I just mowed over it. You can guess what happened. I caused a short, ruined the cord, and wrapped it around the spindle under the mowing deck. What did I do? I fessed up. I told the neighbor what I did, so they could reset the breaker. Then I unwound the cord, finished mowing the lawn, and rode my bicycle to Kmart to buy a new extension cord.

It’s okay to make mistakes. In fact, the most successful people you have read about all made mistakes. That’s how they learned and became successful. Error analysis is the most powerful method for learning. Learning-Focused tells its clients that McREL research reports that error analysis exceeds traditional learning methods by a factor of 1.61. But if error analysis is such a powerful tool, why do so many of us live in the land of rainbows and unicorns? Denial ain’t a river in Egypt! So what should you do???