The Curse of Knowledge

I don’t even want to think what life might be like not knowing how to diagram a sentence.

I have no idea why people can’t grasp pronoun-antecedent agreement. (Everyone needs to be get their binder is just wrong! Period.)

I can’t fathom living a day not knowing the difference between action and linking verbs.

English teachers know what I’m talking about right now. Non-English teachers? Maybe not.

What about math teachers— can you imagine what it’s like seeing the distance formula for the first time? Can you recall the first time someone told you, “To figure out the area of this rectangle, multiply the base times the height"?

Science teachers, what was life like before you understood mitosis? Have you always been able to identify the parts of a microscope or classify animals?

History teachers are well-versed in the balancing of powers, the Bill of Rights, and the early explorers. They understand the feud between Burr and Hamilton, and they know the main reasons the North was able to win the Civil War.

We can’t imagine not knowing these things. This is the curse of knowledge.

Almost daily, we’re introducing new ideas and concepts to students and it’s the first time being exposed to the idea. Can you imagine? Great teachers do. Great teachers have the ability to go back to the pre-knowledge stage and meet kids where they are and bring them along with them.

Today, think about the concept you're teaching in class. It’s probably hard for you to imagine not knowing it (the curse of knowledge), but I promise you there are students in your class who don’t know it yet. Meet them where they are and do what great teachers do— bring them along with you.

To learn more about the curse of knowledge, let me encourage you to read this 13-page eBook Teaching That Sticks by Chip and Dan Heath. If 13 pages is too much right now, just skip to page 7.

  • We had a great week of chapel thanks to Bradley Spencer and Travis Kaye. Our students were plugged in and seemed to really get it. I’m looking forward to seeing our school grow thanks to the ideas shared this week.
  • On Tuesday, our 6th graders spent the day at 4H center working on teambuilding and problem-solving activities. They had a great time, and the day was well spent. A big thanks goes to Kassandra Allison, Tamara Hodges, Jimmy Teigen, and Andy Stewart for spending the day participating and working with our students. It’s great for our students to see us working alongside them.
  • Aspire testing has gone relatively smoothly this week thanks to Carrie Vick, Janice Northen, Karen Sullivan, and all classroom teachers who gave tests this week. I find great value in the results from our interim tests, and I’m excited to see this weeks’. Next week, English and Reading tests will be administered, and I can’t wait for those results as well!
  • Our volleyball team had a great year making it all the way to the State semifinals. A HUGE shout-out goes to our volleyball coaches Lynn Brown, Angela Kyle, Angela Almond, and Shannon Ayers. The coaches put in some serious hours working with our kids and serving as role models. Great job!
  • The classroom discussion strategy “I have/Who has" is very engaging, and I’m thankful Lynnette Noble was able to share that with everyone at our faculty meeting on Wednesday. If you’d like to learn more about it, check out the video in the resources below.
  • During intercom chapel, our gym is THE PLACE TO BE for our middle schoolers. A big thank you goes to Blake McNair and Bradley Spencer for supervising and giving students a place to play, be active, and have fun during intercom chapel.

Upcoming Events

Responsibilities for Next Week (October 30- November 3)
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— E. Schramm
  • Cafeteria PM— J. Teigen
  • Parking Lot AM— A. Kyle
  • Parking Lot PM— K. Allison
  • HS Lunch— C. Morse & J. Gates
  • MS Lunch— Teigen, Almond & Morse (actually, no one signed up…)
  • Chapel— E. Schramm
    • Monday: E. Schramm
    • Tuesday: E. Schramm
    • Wednesday: Worshipful Wednesday
    • Thursday: Intercom Chapel
    • Friday: STUCO
  • Detention— J. Wilhite

Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty. Click here for duty schedule.

Upcoming Meetings
  • This week— Grade-Level Meetings

4 Values (in rank order)
  1. Model Christ
  2. Safety & Security
  3. School First
  4. Quality Instruction

Important School Documents & Links

Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth
Gradecam is a great classroom resource I have used for several years! Check out the video below and/or click the image below the video for more information.

I have… Who Has? Questioning Strategy (from Mrs. Noble’s class)

Book Recommendation

About the Book (from Amazon)
Two young Harvard MBAs on the fast track to wealth and success tell their story of God's transforming power and how Scripture brought them to the startling conclusion that they should give the majority of their money away to those in need. Packed with compelling case studies, research, and practical strategies, God and Money offers an honest look at what the Bible says about generous giving. No matter what your salary may be, God and Money shows you how you can reap the rewards of radical generosity in your own life.

John Cortines and Gregory Baumer met as Harvard MBA candidates in a men's Bible study and stopped asking "How much should I give?" and started asking "How much do I need to keep?" With their top-notch education and rising careers, Cortines and Baumer were guaranteed comfort and security for the rest of their lives. However, when their plans for saving and spending collided with God's purposes for extravagant generosity, they were each compelled to make a life-changing decision that challenges the values held by mainstream America and many Christian commentators. Cortines and Baumer show not only how to radically give, but explain how to do so responsibly.

Dive into the story and get equipped with the practical tools to—
  • Easily set budgets for spending
  • Wisely steward your money
  • Prepare and save for your future—home ownership, retirement, higher education, etc...
  • Know what the Bible says about money, tithing, and faith
  • Discern when to give and when not to give

Featuring lessons from the Bible, modern day case studies, and practical ways to apply biblical principles no matter what situation you're in, God and Money provides an incredible look into what the Bible says about—
  • Tithing and Christian giving
  • Wealth and stewardship
  • Faith and generosity
  • Love of money

From the parables of the Rich Young Ruler to the Widow's Mite, the Bible shows us that how we manage our money is critical to our relationship with God. God and Money uses these parables and more to teach you to save, spend, and steward your money in a biblical way by planting God's purposes at the heart of your practices.

Discover the 7 Core Principles of Wealth and Giving

Authors Cortines and Baumer pack 2,350 verses on money into 7 practical principles that can be applied to your life and finances on a daily basis. From shopping for groceries to your first down payment on a home, apply these reliable guidelines with ease and clarity—
  • Everything we "own" actually belongs to God
  • Giving should be voluntary, generous, cheerful, and needs-based
  • Giving generously breaks down the power of money over us

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