This or That

This is a repost of a previous post that I had lost because I forgot to update my blog hosting!

Education is not a “this OR that” concept; rather it is a “this AND that” concept.

Janus – Roman God of gates, doors, beginning, endings and time.

“Or” is clean.

“And” is messy.

“Or” is obvious.

“And” is nuance.

“Or” is destructive.

“And” is human.

Do you interact with your students the same way you tweet?

Do you eat mashed potatoes AND gravy?

Which word describes your pedagogy in the classroom and tweets on Twitter?

Bands I’d Like To See In Concert While In Their Prime…

Iron Maiden – Powerslave

The Cure – Trilogy

Depeche Mode – Songs of Faith…

Pink Floyd – The Wall or Pulse

Metallica – And Justice for All or Black Album

Weezer – Green Album

Janes Addiction – Ritual De La Habitual or newest one

Opeth – Deliverance or Blackwater Park

Anthrax – Persistence of Time or Worship Music

Spock’s Beard – The Kindness of Strangers (Saw!)

Frank Sinatra – Any time during the 50’s and 60’s

Rush – Moving Pictures

Rush – Clockwork Angels (Saw!)

The Violet Burning – The Violet Burning (Saw!)

Primus – Frizzle Fry

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream at Creamistry

I cringe every time I hear someone say they love the icing on a birthday cake instead of the entire dessert. Remember, it is birthday cake, not birthday icing!

I have the same reaction when someone waxes poetic about Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream.

One of my biggest complaints about the Ben and Jerry’s Mafia is that people get excited about everything but the actual ice cream base for any given flavor. I have had countless, sad spoonfuls of oatmeal cookie or waffle cone whenever I eat Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.

There should be more ice cream than cookies, candy, or anything else on my spoon!

The Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream at Creamistry is an outstanding masterpiece.


At first glance, it does look like there is more cereal than ice cream in this cup, but that is deceptive. Every single bite provides more ice cream than cereal with ratio of about 2-1.

Cinnamon and ice cream are not often put together and I do not know why. Ice cream adds a balancing layer to the nuances inherent cinnamon.

Add some Cinnamon Toast Crunch and you have another layer with crunch…

The sugar on the cereal unifies and binds everything together with joy and a sly smile.

The liquid nitrogen used to immediately freeze the ice cream is essentially novelty, bringing a bit of excitement a simple scoop can not provide.

The real star of the show at Creamistry is the entire package: a tasty scoop of ice cream that will remind you of eating cereal in the living room Saturday mornings while sitting on your couch watching Scooby Do with your grandma.

Greatest Hits

Look at any band that has a greatest hits album out and you will hear what’s generally considered their best work. Sure, there are *Deep Cuts* that fans adore and use the lyrics as account bios. 

But think about what is not there.

Every album likely has one or two “Greatest Hits” on it. 
What about the remaining, say eight songs?
This has me thinking about my teaching my daily work in my classroom. 

Has me asking myself: What are my Greatest Hits?