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Somewhere around fourth grade, students stop learning like sponges and become more like mollusks. But why do students lose that zest for learning they once showed in the primary grades? As children develop their own identity, they are less likely to want to learn what we know they need to learn and will be more likely to choose to learn only what interests them. The problem is what interests them is usually in direct contrast to what they need to learn to become contributing members of…
Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 10, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments
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So on Monday, you assign your students 20 vocabulary words; give them a menu of tried and true vocabulary exercises on Tuesday to challenge them to learn and use the words throughout the week; test them on Friday, yet half the students fail the vocabulary test. A month later, most students say they have never heard those words in their entire…
Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 6, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced last year that they planned to replace printed science text books in their schools with eBooks that could be downloaded by the students and teachers. A Houston-based educational resources company decided that schools would benefit from a far more ambitious resource and invested heavily into developing a 21st Century science teaching program that will show the rest of the world the future of education. Texas schools are not being…Continue
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They thought we were sleeping. They thought we were lulled into complacency with reality TV, cable television, DVR, fast food, and the latest tech gadgets. They were wrong! Gov. Scott Walker thought no one was paying attention. He thought he could scale back collective bargaining rights of state workers, and no one would notice. Shhhh!
However, the sleeping giant awakened, and proved that America was still the land of the free. I am proud of the teachers in Wisconsin.…
Added by Lisa Mims on April 7, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments
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I believe there is one relationship within a school that is the most important - the relationship between teacher and parent. Teachers that communicate to parents directly and encourage a partnership of student development and learning create a bond and trust and parents want to be actively involved.
Enter school fundraisers.
Many times, teachers resist supporting fundraising from the parent group or principal because it interferes with the…Continue
Added by Jay Moneta on February 14, 2011 at 3:12pm — No Comments
Goal 1 today in The 30 Goals Challenge is to Be a Beam.
When I thought about how the idea of “being a beam” reflects in my practice, I thought of it more as a Ray of Light.
How can I be a Ray of Light for someone who needs one, especially…
I’m so excited to share this amazing challenge with all of you! For those who follow or visit my blog, you know that I’ve posted The 30 Goals Song of the Week here and on FaceBook for a few months now. I’ve also shared that more exciting work in this piece was coming. Well…Now it’s here and we are ready to take this journey to…Continue
Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on January 31, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Before my hubby said hello to me, he said, "There's a new search engine that they say is going to knock Google out of the box." "It's caledl Qwiki." He heard about it on CNN Qwiki video.
"Really?" I replied, not really interested because I had spent the entire day at work, and then an hour reading to 3 and 4 year olds. (Who by the way are a joy to read to.) I trudged up the stairs behind him, and watched as he sat down and demonstrated…
Added by Lisa Mims on January 25, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Added by Lisa Mims on January 9, 2011 at 11:21pm — No Comments
In Parts 1 and 2, I discussed the fact that we are losing quality teachers as a result of new teacher burnout as well as retiring experienced teachers. I have shared what I believe to be the personal effects that high teacher turnover has on students who will miss out on the guidance and mentorship I received from past teachers of mine. The impact of losing quality teachers is not only detrimental for our students; it also bears significant financial repercussions for local economies and the…Continue
Added by Meredith Harris on November 23, 2010 at 10:54am — No Comments
In an earlier post, I discussed the tendency of new educators to leave the teaching profession in the infancy of their careers and asked why and what can be done to support new teachers. New teacher burnout isn’t the only cause of high turnover in today’s schools: Thousands of baby boomer teachers are at retirement-age. Schools are now faced with the problem of replacing younger new teachers as well as retiring experienced teachers.…Continue
Added by Meredith Harris on November 12, 2010 at 11:43am — No Comments
As a new crop of teachers are slowly being introduced via email by my principal, I thought about what I was told in college about what to do as a new teacher. And then I thought about how horrible some of that
advice was. So here is my top ten of new teacher myths - feel free to
add more, I know they are out there!
Myth 1: Children are only learning when they are quiet and focused on the teacher.
Reality: So we all know this one isn't true,…Continue
Added by Pernille Ripp on June 29, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments