Nate’s Notes On Education — by Nathan Waite

Nathan Waite is an Innovations and Professional Learning Facilitator for the Northwest Regional Professional Development Program and he works on contract with the Churchill County School District. He taught Spanish at the Churchill County High School for nearly 25 years.



One Skill to Help Kids in All Parts of Their Lives

By Editor | February 28, 2020 |

If there was only time to focus on one skill to help students prepare for life, what would be the skill to choose?  There are a lot of possibilities, most probably good votes, probably some not good ones, but… let’s make a case for resilience. Resilience is a toughness that allows one to quickly overcome…

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Don’t be mean to the screen

By Editor | January 31, 2020 |

  Nate’s notes — by Nathan Waite —  I think there’s a new scapegoat in town.  The screen. If there is a problem, a new villain is here to shoulder the blame.  The screen. This shady character has been spotted all over lately. In hands, restaurants, schools, homes, even cars.  It’s pretty obvious that screens…

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It’s 2020 and Maybe We Shouldn’t Encourage Kids to Pass Their Classes

By Editor | January 10, 2020 |

  Nate’s Notes — by Nathan Waite Happy New Year. Happy New decade actually.  Amazing how much has happened, and is happening in the past 10 years.  There is so much to see, learn from and consider. Here is something else to consider.  Encouraging kids to pass their classes isn’t usually a good thing. Here…

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Nates Notes — On Questions

By The Publisher | December 10, 2019 |

Three Examples of Why Questions are Better Than Answers — Empowering a student for success isn’t about telling, but asking.  Think about it. The very nature of telling vs asking is a reflection on what we think of a person, or student.  If we always tell, we are communicating to a student that we know…

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Nate’s Notes — Let’s Talk About the Time

By Editor | November 28, 2019 |

I was asked a few times, “Hey Nate, what is that column about?” “Hey Nate, what is your agenda?” after the first column came out. So, let me tell you… This column is a great place to come for ideas and thought provoking conversation. It isn’t a place for just ‘experts’ or for reprinting ‘that…

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Taking another look at what schools were made for — kids

By Editor | November 20, 2019 |

‘Kids aren’t the same as they used to be!’  Right. Nobody is arguing that point. Kids are different for sure, and all those changes aren’t all that bad.  What is bad, preparing them, and school the same way we have been for the past 150 years.   It may be a surprise to hear that the…

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