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  1. Paul Hoss says:


    I have written a book (Amazon and Kindle) on ed reform and was wondering if there were any way of appropriately getting the word out on your blog of its content and availability.

    Thank you in advance,
    Paul Hoss

    Paul Hoss’s new book on education reform is now available on Amazon and Kindle. Go to amazon.com, click on “Books,” then type in the name of the book, Common Sense: The Missing Link in Education Reform.

    Provocative? You be the judge. Controversial? Just a tad. Check it out.

    All students are different. They show up on the first day of school with different strengths and weaknesses as well varied levels of readiness and motivation.

    For teachers to believe they can continue to address all these differences with one lesson to the entire class for the majority of the school day is folly. This practice is simply unfair to our students and must change if our schools are ever to realize genuine education reform.

    Common Sense attempts to address the parameters surrounding this issue while also offering strategies as to how this can be accomplished by any teacher, PreK-16.

    Teachers should not be hesitant to attempt this model because of its seeming complexity. It’s not that difficult and can be implemented incrementally into your school day. Once established it’s no more work than a traditional classroom.

    Some parents will be thrilled to know their child will never have to wait for the rest of the class to catch up to their pace of learning. Other parents will be equally pleased to realize their child will not have to struggle in an attempt to keep up with the rest of the class; that if their child needs more time to learn a lesson or concept, they’ll have it. In short, it’s a win/win for all students.

    As the orchestrator of this environment teachers will feel a much greater sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. They will conclude they have successfully met the needs of all their students regardless of how fast or slow each moves through the standards.

  2. Paul Hoss says:


    My deepest apologies. I thought I was conversing privately with you. Please remove this at your discretion.

    Again, sorry.