It was an hour before The Big Meeting and I frantically approached my co-worker. "OK, I said, "what's our plan? What's our strategy? What are we going to say and what our we going to do?"
My co-worker was a bit older, a bit wiser, and certainly at that moment a lot calmer than I. She looked at me with an amused look on her face, paused several seconds, and then leaned towards me. "This," she said in a quiet voice, "is what we're going to do. We are going to listen to them. We are going to listen to them very carefully. And then once we're done listening we will know what to do."
We have a lot of "Magic Words" in p4cHI. Most of the Magic Words are acronyms. POPAAT, for instance, stands for Please One Person At A Time. NQP is short for Next Question Please.
SPLAT is the oddball; it isn't short for anything. It just means that you need to speak louder because the words came too quietly and softly our of your mouth and, so, fell with a "splat" on the floor before they could be heard. At least that's what I tell the kids. In truth, legend has it, the origin of the term is a bit more grim. Imagine, a class was once told, that your friend off in the distance is about to get run over by a bus. You need to speak with a loud voice or the bus is going to hit your friend and he/she will go SPLAT. (That story is just between you and me. It is not recommended that you use it with young children!)
One thing, in all honesty, that I'm not as good at as I might be is explaining how p4cHI fits in with various National and State educational initiatives. My first instinct is usually to try to make the broader (and not always well-received) case that schools ought to aim higher than simply helping children to meet academic standards. Ultimately, I am more concerned with empowering children to live the good life.
From the fact that I don't spend a lot of time trying to explain how p4cHI fits in with current educational policy it doesn't follow, however, that p4cHI doesn't fit in with such policy. Quite to the contrary, p4cHI provides a dynamic way to achieve many highly esteemed educational aims.Read more
Drawing from his many years of experience, p4cHI founder Dr. Thomas Jackson (Dr. J) shares some of his most memorable moments and significant realizations. These stories provide us with a vibrant and oftentimes inspirational perspective on where p4cHI has come from, what it is, and, indeed, on what it could be.
Did anything come before space? In this week's story Dr. J tells what happens when a class of Kindergarten students explore the connection between space, dinosaurs, and God.