The Efficacy of Training Videos

It has been quite some time since I did a “media review” for the blog.  Indeed, the only one I ever did was this one featuring Pat McNamara.  One could argue that my training journey began with the Magpul “Art of the _____” DVDs released back in the 2008-2009 time-frame.  While I had had friends […]

2017: Looking Back

As I have done each year since the blog’s inception, I thought it worthwhile to revisit my goals for 2017 to see what I did, what goals were met, and how I (hopefully) improved. Formal Training I ended up taking 7 courses in 2017, six of which were one-day affairs (one was a two-day class).  […]

You Gotta Pay to Play: 2017 Edition

As I did last year, I thought it would be a good idea to look back at 2017 to see how many classes I took, how many matches I competed in, how much money I spent on those endeavors, and how many rounds I sent downrange in classes and matches. In 2017 I attended a […]

Skinning the Cat

As a teacher, I often have to sit through various in-service trainings during which I get to hear fellow educators with less experience than me discuss “research-based best practices.”  It has gotten to be such an eye-roll moment for me that whenever I use the instructional techniques they advocate in my classroom, I preface them […]