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October 2011 Blog Posts (30)

"What's Love Got to do With It?" Ask Your Students!

     Once upon a time there was a little 2nd grade boy. He was new to a school, and he brought with him, all his problems and issues.  Sent to live with dad after mom "couldn't take it any more", a pre-primer reading level, an evil…

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Added by Lisa Mims on October 30, 2011 at 3:04pm — 2 Comments

What can Academics learn from Athletics?

I have been a student, athlete, teacher, coach, athletic director, administrator and parent.  I have benefited from an excellent education with terrific teachers and have experienced the best times of my life in the athletic arena. But I am confused by how our society places higher prestige on athletics than it does on academics. Here are some examples I have experienced and some possible solutions.  Please note that some of my solutions are tongue in cheek, but hope this post will open…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on October 30, 2011 at 3:04pm — 3 Comments

Social Media,More or Less

The genie is definitely out of the bottle when we look at Social Media. Of course there are many who fail to recognize this, and continue to believe that somehow, someone must approve the use of social Media in order for it to be acceptable in our education system. The glaring problem with that is the lack of understanding on the part of many of those education policy makers to really understand what Social Media is. Many, in their arguments against social media, talk about its limits…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on October 27, 2011 at 12:37pm — 1 Comment

To Compute or Not to Compute?

As we race to place technology in the hands of students in our schools, let’s consider an alternative view. The New York Times published an article on its front page on October 23, 2011, titled A Silicon Valley School that Doesn’t Compute (by Matt Richtel; at…

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Added by Mark White on October 27, 2011 at 11:34am — 1 Comment

"How Do You Know You're a Teacher?" By Jeff Foxworthy

I walked into the copy room and this was sitting on a table with the words: "This is a must READ :)".



I agree, and I think it is also a "Must SHARE!" I Googled it and realized it has been around for years, but I got a laugh out of most of them!:)



You get a secret thrill out of laminating things.…

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Added by Lisa Mims on October 23, 2011 at 9:07pm — No Comments

En Educator's Voice

Yesterday, I participated in a wonderful public discussion on Education. The best part about this discussion was that it was with predominantly real educators, people who actually teach, volunteering their time and expertise on the subject of education. They discussed real issues of education and the real impediments to reform from a real educator’s point of view. There were representatives of: teachers, administrators, IT people, school board members, and parents. Dell sponsored the event,…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on October 23, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Whole New World!

The Government cuts in public services have hit all Local Authorities (LA's) hard, although it is arguably the smaller Unitary Authorities and the schools within them who have lost the most.

Being in Blackpool we have seen school support teams decimated to the point where the officers within the service are spread very thinly…

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Added by andy mellor on October 22, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Twitter Resources and Activities

 

Twitter is just the best free resource for conservations and input into your classes. Students think in text today and this allows for quick and short responses. Students like it and it seems they will tweet things long after class is over.

 

I use it to find trends in my field and to share what I am doing in my classroom.

 

Tweet…

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Added by Sharon Keehner on October 21, 2011 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Supporting New Teachers: What have you done for them lately?

Visit My Blog: http://www.bburkhead.blogspot.com/



Our Profession & New Teachers: …
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Added by Bill Burkhead on October 19, 2011 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Finance For Future Generations

"All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, so much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation." - John Adams



On the first day of Personal Finance class, I explain to the students that the course is designed to empower them with the financial tools they need to manage their money consistent with what they value. The students are challenged to have…

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Added by Brian Page on October 17, 2011 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Generational Divide in Education

It is my birthday today, so please forgive me for allowing my contemplation once again lead us down a well-travelled path. I have discussed this topic in posts before, but it is a subject that will not go away as long as we have younger people working next to older people. As one of those older folks, I might better state it as the “rookies” working beside the “seasoned veterans”. Of  course all of this is further confused by the introduction of the digital native theory. For these, and some…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on October 17, 2011 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Educational technology

What is the best?

Added by Jamie Kelley on October 17, 2011 at 3:22pm — 1 Comment

Reading Hats: Which ones do YOU wear?



The big question I ask my students at the beginning of each year is…

“What hats do YOU wear when you’re reading?”

Posters…

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Added by Kristin Jordan on October 16, 2011 at 3:11pm — 1 Comment

Teaching the 50 States

The way I like to teach the 5o states is to teach and assess in regions. These are some ideas that help students learn the states in small chunks rather than all at once.

  •  break the states up into 5 regions of 10 states
  •  introduce 10 states per week.
  • assess the states at the end of the week
  • make the test cumulative so that each assessment reassesses the all of the past states
  • 1st test is 10, 2nd is 20, 3rd is 30, 4th is 40, and 5th is…
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Added by Jeremy Evans on October 16, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The 5 Stages of High-Stakes Test Acceptance

We live in a time of high-stakes testing.  I am not one to debate the validity of these tests or the appropriateness of them.  I am an idealist in how I approach my day to day life in the classroom but I remain a realist.  I understand that I must prepare my students for them and I must begin to look towards what data they provide to help me plan for instruction.

 

So, I began the year surrounded by data.  As I continued to dig deeper, it became clear that my state identified…

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Added by Joan Miller on October 14, 2011 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

One Word Enhances The Journaling Experience!

When I was a kid, I hated walking into my English class to face the drudgery of the daily journal topic the teacher’s pet had written sloppily on the chalkboard. I loved writing, but boy, did I hate the routine of journal writing day in and day out. I hated the dumb prompts, the lack of follow-up with a discussion...there was no such thing as discussions back then...,and I knew my teacher never read a single word I wrote. I didn’t…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on October 13, 2011 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Student Writing Soars With Storybird!

Soar to new heights with Storyboard.com, a site that allows students to create, collaborate, read, and share their own stories. Storybird.com has thousands of art pieces arranged by themes. Students select a theme or piece of art to inspire them to write a story.



Students can invite collaborators to share the writing of a story. …


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Added by Ary Aranguiz on October 13, 2011 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Absence of Leadership?

I recently posted another video of a Diane Ravitch interview with CNN. There are now several videotaped interviews of Diane Ravitch standing up for education reform on The Educator’s PLN. It was with this last post however, that I realized that aside from Diane Ravitch, I could think of few others who stand out on the National stage in support of Education reform beyond something…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on October 11, 2011 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

I remember my first time...

So, today I begin my blogging life.  To be clear, I'm not new to blogging.  I've been reading blogs for years, searching them for answers or info- Even, assigning them to students about literature.  I have loved, laughed and learned from all of these over the years but I continued to resist creating my very own blog about my experiences and reflections as a middle school language arts teacher.

 

I've resisted for so many years for a few reasons.   First- I told myself I wasn't…

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Added by Joan Miller on October 8, 2011 at 6:21pm — No Comments

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