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Rockford, Illinois has had the honor of being listed as one of America's worst cities by the Rand McNally Corporation and Money magazine.
Due to a separating highway, there are two clear sides of Rockford—West and East. The West includes an abandoned downtown and is plagued by poverty and high crime rates. There are huge areas of old established neighborhoods with vacant homes and no one wishing to…Continue
Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on January 31, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments
We all live in a world that is rapidly changing, and in particular, the advancements associated with technology. As society evolves and changes, schools are coming under increasing pressure to stay with the times. So often we hear that technology is a silver bullet in education, but we must remember that technology is merely a tool. A tool in the hands of a sub-par educator will continue to yield a sub-par education, while a tool in the hands of a great educator will only enhance and aid…Continue
Added by Justin Tarte on January 31, 2011 at 9:20am — No Comments
Added by Blu Phoenix on January 30, 2011 at 10:49pm — No Comments
During my research studies, I came across the Interpretive/Critical Continuum which is designed to serve as a self reflective tool based on the researcher's stance or position in relation to the specific research query. It asks the question, "what does it mean for you to balance, integrate, or choose between interpretive and critical emphases in your own research?" This is a question I ask myself quite often; this question is one of value in the arena of qualitative research, but it is also…Continue
Added by Elford Rawls-Dill on January 30, 2011 at 10:21am — No Comments
Added by Lisa Mims on January 29, 2011 at 9:17pm — No Comments
One of the subjects that often comes up during walk throughs is how to recognize a student-centered approach. I tell participants to watch the students and try to decide the extent to which they are being asked to manage the four central elements of any lesson - content, process, product and assessment. Any or all can be decided by the teacher, by the students, or some of both. As I often said to my own students when introducing a lesson - "Which elements do you want to be in charge of?…Continue
Added by Peter Pappas on January 27, 2011 at 3:40pm — No Comments
Language defines a culture, through the people who speak it, what it allows speakers to say—the stories told and history recorded.
As a young child you grasp at as many words as you can. You repeat and imitate what is said around you. It’s okay if you say them wrong the first time...it’s the curiosity and the struggle that keeps a toddler coming back for more.
Once we learn the words we use it to uplift, degrade, personify, describe…Continue
Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on January 27, 2011 at 1:30pm — 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
As Marius in Les Miserables says " Our time is here!" The Government are asking for our opinions of any new National Curriculum, our time is here, the time is now to have our voices heard.
There will be those who say that whatever we say, will fall on deaf ears as the Government already have their ideal for education. However this…Continue
Added by andy mellor on January 25, 2011 at 10:05am — No Comments
I have a love/hate relationship with my former high school.
I love that I got a strong academic education that prepared me for college. I love that I received personal attention and was in an environment that allowed ‘free periods’ and opportunities to get off campus and explore career interests. I hate that in the early 1990s, I was the single…Continue
Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on January 24, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments
I'm teaching the Robert Frost poem "The Road Not Taken" to a large group of my Hebrew-speaking deaf and hard of hearing 10th and 11th graders. It's in the curriculum.
I find it to be a puzzling situation. On one hand it seems absolutely insane to teach it to most of these kids. I'm not exaggerating when I say that most of them only know two to four words in the entire poem. Even a word that seems familiar to them such as "sorry" isn't in the right…Continue
Added by Naomi Epstein on January 24, 2011 at 8:17am — No Comments
Most of the time, I read a news story about something in education, and I think about it for about five minutes before letting it go, chalking it up to just another new smudge on the complicated stained glass window that is public education. The other day, though, I read the article “In N.C., a new battle on school integration," and I thought of little else during my…Continue
Added by Shakespeares Sister on January 23, 2011 at 4:57pm — No Comments
But what did diversity mean in 1936, or 1966 or 2006? There are many schools trying to…Continue
Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on January 22, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Added by Betsy Spence on January 22, 2011 at 12:47pm — No Comments
Amid a fanfare of musical instruments, (incidentally taught in school) Mr Gove has announced a marvellous new review of the curriculum. Clearly the curriculum must be so broken that it needs the "expertise" of Mr Gove to fix it. I guess it is probably teachers, or the Labour party or the quangos who are to blame for the curriculum not doing what it should.
Added by andy mellor on January 21, 2011 at 3:53pm — No Comments
Added by Josh Stumpenhorst on January 20, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments