education, learning

Real learning happens here

The following is an article written by Emily Trimm, a high school senior in Naples, FL. Emily serves as administrative assistant at our Mathworks Tutoring Center, a company whose mission is to foster learning.

Unbeknownst to me, I followed Dr. Pergolizzi’s approach to learning by simply asking Emily to write an article about learning. That was it.

Emily recognized from her life experiences that…To read the entire feature, click here.

Originally published 12/27/14

weather

Virga and other unusual precipitation-like events

On the morning before Christmas (2014), one of my interns (he lives near Tampa), texted me that, “it was raining from cirrus clouds.” This observation, made in the excitement of the moment, left out the transition step that allows ice crystals to fall from cirrus (ice crystal clouds) and melt enroute to terra firma. Still …To read the entire feature, click here.

Originally published 12/27/14

education, learning

Should students own their own learning?

Two and a half years ago, I penned a story about education versus learning. I expressed strong criticism about how education, with its overuse of testing, pacing charts and similar tools, had taken “learning” out of the schools. I was livid about this scenario then; I am even more upset with where things have gone since…To read the entire feature, click here.

Originally published 12/15/14

weather

Wave clouds over Naples – part 1

The sky over Naples, FL (and much of southwest and south Florida) early on Dec. 12, 2014 was filled with patches of clouds that appeared as ripple marks. This pattern meant that the clouds were banded — there were lines of clouds, each separated from the adjacent lines of parallel clouds by a clear line. The pattern…To read the entire feature, click here.

Originally published 12/14/14

climate, weather

Near record November cold still means awesome weather days in paradise

Southwest Florida has had a few chilly days (and nights) in the past two months. In fact, until this week, southwest Florida has been averaging about a cold front a week for the past 8 weeks. And, according to the National Weather Service in Miami, FL, those cool downs have yielded the tenth coldest November in Naples, FL since…To read the entire feature, click here.

Originally published 12/1/14