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“What if you’re smarter than you think?” – Doc Meek

Thursday, May 10, 2012. Today, I am grateful for parents, teachers & students who endure.  – Doc Meek

Do You or Your Student or Your Child Have Reading Difficulties or Learning Difficulties? 

What if you are smarter than you think?

Einstein had overwhelming learning difficulties at school, and look at the creativity and accomplishment he brought to his life.


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A series of articles to help mothers, teachers & students with reading problems is at:

Doc Meek, Thurs, May 10, 2012, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“What if you are smarter than you think?”

J. Collins Meek, Ph.D. (Doc Meek)
Neurological Learning Specialist/Facilitator
[“Everyone” says: “He’s fun to work with.”]


CANADA: Dr. Meek (587) 400-4707, Edmonton, AB

TONGA: Mele Taumoepeau, P.O. Box 81, Nuku’alofa

USA: Dr. Meek (801) 738-3763, South Jordan, Utah

For optimum brain health, ensure your heart health:

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USA: Jeannette (801) 971-1812; South Jordan, Utah

CANADA: Jeannette (587) 333-6923, Calgary, Alberta

CANADA: P.O. Box 3105, Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2T1




“April is Math Awareness month.” –

Sunday, March 25, 2012. Today I am grateful for those at who help teachers and students get the most out of school! – Doc Meek

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What’s New?

Did you know that the month of April is Math Awareness Month? This issue of our newsletter focuses on math as well as April Fool’s Day fun!

Lesson Plans

April Fool’s Day is also known as All Fool’s Day. It is a holiday that is celebrated around the world. They even celebrate it in Japan, Russia, and South Africa. This means that while you and your students play jokes on each other, you can also teach them about other cultures and traditions!

Theme Units April is a very exciting time because it is Math Awareness Month! This year’s theme is“Mathematics, Statistics, and the Data Deluge” Visit the TeacherPlanet Math theme page for lesson plans and resources as well as the Math Awareness page at!
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Teacher Tools This week’s featured teacher tool – Math Numeracy Tools – 55 Interactive teaching tools for Mathematics- can be a great asset when incorporating Math Awareness month into a lesson!
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eBooks and Posters
This Week’s Featured eBook for Teachers:

Math Amazements: Astounding Investigations Uncover Math in Your World(Grades 5 -8)

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Thank you, for your educational leadership!

Doc Meek, Sun, Mar 25, 2012, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“Teaching ideas from” – Doc Meek

Saturday, February 18, 2012. Today I am grateful for teachers and parents who teach critical thinking in their classrooms and in their homes. – Doc Meek

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Teaching ideas to inspire a love of thinking and problem-solving!

  • Monopoly
    It was in the month of February, 1934, when Charles B. Darrow of Germantown, Pennsylvania, showed what he called the MONOPOLY game to the executives at Parker Brothers. The game was rejected due to 52 design errors, but this didn’t stop the creative, unemployed Pennsylvanian. He went on to hand-make and sell 5000 copies of the game. The rest is history. To this day, Monopoly, the most popular money game in America, is available in 103 countries, has been translated into 41 languages, and has sold over 200 million copies. Prepare yourself for the next family game of Monopoly with this free printable activity from our award winning fourth grade book, Mathematical Reasoning Level E.

  • Propaganda
    Debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates are currently a hot topic in the media. These debates receive lots of radio and news coverage and candidates often sound quite convincing in their arguments. How do we really know if the candidates are sticking to facts? How do we become more critical of their techniques to convince us to vote for them? Try this free activity from the chapter, “Propaganda,” found in Critical Thinking Book 1. You’ll have a whole new set of cognitive tools to analyze the debates.
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    “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


    Thank you,, for your classroom leadership!

    Doc Meek, Sat, Feb 18, 2012, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“Calling all teachers . . .” ~ Doc Meek

Thursday, January 26, 2012. Today I am very grateful for teachers and prospective teachers, the world over. ~ Doc Meek, Teacher/Learning Specialist

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I am also very grateful for Melissa Kelly, Secondary Education Guide at ABOUT.COM, who sends me newsletters.

Here are some excerpts from Melissa Kelly’s recent newsletter to me about teacher pay, and other things:

ABOUT.COM: Secondary Education

Secondary Education Teaching 101 Lesson Plans Educational Issues
From Melissa Kelly, your Guide to Secondary Education

This week’s newsletter takes a look at teacher pay – the best and the worst.

Top 10 States for Teacher Pay

Which states pay the most? Find out with this article.

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10 States With Worst Teacher Pay

Which states have the worst teacher pay? Find out here.

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Why Should We Teach?

Teaching is tough, and many people we meet, including close family, sometime question why we do it. They feel sorry for us because of the pay or the kids. However,… Read more

Assessments and Tests

Assessments including quizzes and tests are essential. In fact, one of the most important tools a teacher has in their curricular arsenal are effective assessments. The key here, though, is the word effective. These resources help teachers create, deliver and grade assessments, quizzes, and tests effectively.

Featured Articles:

Technology and Education
Learning Theories and Pedagogy
Teacher Education and Enrichment
Teaching Tips and Strategies
Issues in Education
Educational Restructuring and Reform

This newsletter is written by:
Melissa Kelly
Secondary Education Guide
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Many thanks to you, Melissa Kelly, for your dedication to education!

Doc Meek, Thurs, Jan 26, 2012, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“Mediation preferable to court.” – Doc Meek

Wednesday, October 13, 2010. Today I am grateful that legitimate disputes can often be settled amicably by mediation and its variants. Such alternatives are often preferable to court action.

Entrance of the Queen’s Bench of Alberta building (Calgary)

The courts are good, honorable, and valuable. It is also good that there are less formal, less intimidating ways to settle legitimate disputes between persons or agencies.
Disputes, although they may be disagreeable, can be a valuable learning experience. Parents and teachers for years have encouraged children to learn to settle disputes without resort to violence. Adults of every persuasion can follow this example.
Here’s to the people who had the foresight to set up valuable and less expensive ways to settle legitimate disputes.
Doc Meek, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, at Nose Hill Public Library, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

J. Collins Meek, Ph.D. (Doc Meek)
“What if you are smarter than you think?”
Learning Specialist

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You can’t change students (children) . . . you can care about them . . .

“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” – Horace Mann

Dr. Merrill Harmin, in his famous book, Strategies to Inspire Active Learning: Complete Handbook [for teachers], gives us the common-sense idea that if a student in the your classroom (or by analogy, a child in your home) is continually acting out of line, you can speak to them privately.

Line Drawing:Teacher lecturing student

From there on, though, his suggestions get seemingly odd.

Dr. Harmin says that the purpose of the private dialogue is just that, to have a private dialogue. Not to give them a lecture. It gets even odder. He then says that the goal of the private dialogue is not–as you might think–to get the student (child) to change his/her behavior.

What? I thought that was the whole idea. “Nope,” says my wise friend.

Guess what?

The goal of the private dialogue is to start to build a relationship between the teacher and the student (or between the parent and the child).

Amazingly, one of the key requirements is for the adult to listen, not the younger person so much. The younger person is not simply an inferior adult. They are persons in their own right, having their own life, and their own preferences about learning and their own dreams and life purposes.

If we as adults wish to actually influence younger people for good on a lifetime basis (not just get them to conform to our momentary demands), it is vital that we listen with respect, even if their performance or behavior is out of line.

The listening with respect, the building of a relationship is the basis for all change (learning).

Astute teachers and mothers know this without being told. Fathers can learn it too. 😮

Caring, Respect, and even Honor,

Doc Meek, Thursday, June 3, 2010

At Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA; not at South Jordan, Utah, USA

P.S. We as adults can have a lot of “fun” learning this change within ourselves: caring, respecting, honoring and listening to young people.

It is short-term so satisfying–in a perverse sort of way–to just lecture them. Our egos love it! Our lecture may change their behavior temporarily (as long as we remain present). It will not engender long-term self-responsibility and self-management in the younger person, which is, after all, ultimately the goal of all education (and all family life), right?

P.S.S. Hey this is really wacko! You mean to tell me that the purpose of  lecturing . . . uh . . . dialoguing  with . . . a younger person is to get me–me–to change (learn), not them? Yup. Real challenge isn’t it? That’s how many students (and children at home) feel about the changes (learnings) being required of them.

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