Investigating the World



Education has been very, very good to me, just as baseball was very, very good to the fictional baseball player Chico Escuela (played by Garrett Morris), who first coined the phrase.  Like the Saturday Night Live MLB character, my life’s path has allowed me to turn what I love most into my profession while interacting with talented people and traveling for work. 

My career as an educational consultant and author has provided many opportunities to visit exotic locations, eat extraordinary food, observe rare natural events, dig for dinosaurs, walk through rainforests, and take photos of magma melting the road in front of me!  My husband and I are always excited as we leave our home in Comfort, Texas, to pursue a new adventure, but we are even more excited to come home to our pet longhorns, butterfly gardens, and supportive community.

Many people we meet have never heard of Comfort, so we offer to educate them.  Comfort, Texas, is a small, unincorporated town in the Texas Hill Country.  We are  proud to be two of the 3,189 residents reported in the 2017 census.  Comfort is located forty-five miles northwest of  downtown San Antonio and about 80 miles west of Austin, where I was born and raised. It was established in 1854 by German immigrants, some of whose descendants still live in the area — as do an eclectic assortment of people who make Comfort such a unique town.

Since moving to Comfort over twenty years ago, my husband and I have become some of the few people in the world who can state geographically and figuratively that they “live in Comfort.” In this Living in Comfort blog, I will share stories, events, observations, anecdotes, recipes, fun facts, photographs, quotes, gardening advice, education tips, and more.  My hope is that you will get to know and love Comfort the way we do, and that you will enjoy reading about our experiences whenever we venture away to investigate the world and teach teachers.

Meet The Author

Dinah Zike, M.Ed.

Dinah is a pioneer in the development and implementation of three-dimensional, kinesthetic teaching aids. Over the last 45+ years, Dinah has invented hundreds of graphic organizers and educational manipulatives that are used nationally and internationally as instructional strategies by teachers, educational publishing companies, universities, and curriculum consultants. Dinah is noted for taking complicated data and turning it into a visual and kinesthetic experience while integrating communication skills. It has been estimated that over 85% of the students in the United States use something that Dinah has invented or designed at some point in their K-12 education experience either as a supplemental teacher-presented activity or as a feature in their textbook.

Besides appearing in her personal publications, Dinah’s Foldables are featured exclusively in McGraw-Hill textbooks in the following content areas: science, math, social studies, language arts, and health. Dinah’s Foldables were originally referred to as “folded books” and later “3-D graphic organizers” until the term Foldables was coined in 2000. Foldable presentations are now commonly featured sessions at state and national educational conferences and Foldable teacher training sessions are available at the Dinah Zike Academy (a Texas Education Agency approved facility).

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