February 2016 Blog Posts (64)

The Wrong Way to Teach Math By ANDREW HACKER





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Added by Michael Keany on February 28, 2016 at 7:52am — No Comments

Are You Thinking About Heroin?

Most often unable to change the stressors that the children bear, we design systems to ameliorate the distraction of those stressors and help refocus the children on to their job as learners. But drug use is not always something one can see or uncover when wondering why a student isn't doing well. Meetings can be held, even tutoring or counseling can be put in place, but unless the fact that drugs are in play is uncovered, time is wasting.  …

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on February 28, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Meaning from print? Or sounds from print?

This debate has been raging in K-12 education for a century. 

 "Meaning from print" is the foundational sophistry supporting Whole Word, sight-words, and all other non-phonetic ways to read, or to teach reading.

 The big lie here is that you can look at print, not actually be able to read, but somehow get the meaning. (This is what we all do in foreign countries when we stare at a menu in a strange language.)

 I've been watching this debate for…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on February 26, 2016 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Help Student Writers Find the Best Evidence By Sarah Tantillo

Help Student Writers Find the Best Evidence

SarahT-headshot-130 By Sarah Tantillo

No matter what grade or subject you teach, sooner or later you find yourself trying to help students write more clearly and convincingly. In…

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Added by Michael Keany on February 26, 2016 at 8:19am — No Comments

5 Trends Impacting Middle Grades Leaders

5 Trends Impacting Middle Grades Leaders

RWilliamson-BBlackburn By Ronald Williamson &

Barbara Blackburn

Being a school leader is an incredibly demanding job. You’re expected to stay up-to-date on current developments…

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Added by Michael Keany on February 26, 2016 at 8:17am — No Comments

Understand STEM's Potential to Include Humanities and the Arts

There were two recent articles about STEM, one, in the New York Times, A Rising Call to Promote STEM Education and Cut Liberal Arts Funding by Patricia Cohen and, the other, in the Washington Post, entitled, …

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on February 25, 2016 at 6:56am — No Comments

How to organize your college essay properly by Allan Green

How to organize your college essay properly

by Allan Green

While studying in college you will have to write essays a lot. But do not worry - a bit of planning, analysis and hard work - and you will be able to easily write any essay for college. Mastering the art of…

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Added by Michael Keany on February 23, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Teaching Financial Literacy as Part of 'College and Career Ready'

If we return to our raison d'être - to prepare children to know how to learn even beyond our reach, and to be ready, when walking across our graduation stages, to go on to college or directly into a career - then we have a responsibility to look at financial literacy as a part of the k-12 curriculum.

As early as the 6th grade, when percentages are taught, the concepts of credit and interest can be spiraled upward into other math classes. The economic…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on February 23, 2016 at 7:21am — No Comments

Fewer black male teachers leading K-12 classrooms

Fewer black male teachers leading K-12 classrooms

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Added by Michael Keany on February 23, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

John King is trying to repair the Obama administration’s frayed relationship with teachers

John King is trying to repair the Obama administration’s frayed relationship with teachers…

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Added by Michael Keany on February 23, 2016 at 6:19am — No Comments

Introducing the math selfie BY LANA SWEETEN-SHULTS

Introducing the math selfie

BY LANA SWEETEN-SHULTS, TIMES RECORD NEWS
February 22nd, 2016…
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Added by Michael Keany on February 23, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

John King: More of the Same (or Worse) by Carol Burris

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Added by Michael Keany on February 22, 2016 at 7:46pm — No Comments

6 Questions to Ask Before Requesting Compliance

What does leadership become when compliance rules the day? Is the conversation how to get the job done and make people feel good about it? There is new curriculum, a teacher evaluation process, new standardized tests, new assessments, more data and new technology. None come with new resources to support the work.  All purportedly are intended to improve teacher performance and student achievement. The messages come fast and furious through administration, through teachers, and land on…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on February 21, 2016 at 7:06am — No Comments

Random Acts of Kindness in the Classroom

Observe and honor random acts of kindness among your students.  Hold an honor day once a week to hand out certificates.  Acknowledge that there were so many other random acts of kindness that you could not honor everyone, but everyone will get honored in time.  Acknowledge how you felt observing these acts.  Perhaps a kindness box could be placed in the classroom where both you and your students could describe random acts of kindness you observed.  So as not to make anyone feel awkward, the…

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Added by Elizabeth A. Wink on February 19, 2016 at 8:46pm — No Comments

When Ignorance Is Not Bliss

When Ignorance Is Not Bliss

By Jonathan T. Jefferson

 

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”  Edmund Burke

 

The above statement was said in different ways with the same meaning by a few intellectuals throughout history.  It came to mind recently on two fronts; politics and sports.  Keep this in mind as you read my essay: air travel is the safest form of…

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Added by Jonathan T. Jefferson on February 19, 2016 at 2:18pm — No Comments

STEM Classes and Kids with Special Needs BY ANNE JOLLY

STEM Classes and Kids with Special Needs

A MiddleWeb Blog

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Added by Michael Keany on February 19, 2016 at 10:41am — No Comments

How to Help Students Search for Consensus BY SARAH COOPER

How to Help Students Search for Consensus

A MiddleWeb Blog 

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Added by Michael Keany on February 19, 2016 at 10:39am — No Comments

Why Schools Need to Do a Better Job of Teaching Speaking Skills By Erik Palmer

Why Schools Need to Do a Better Job of Teaching Speaking Skills

—Image adapted from "mic" by Flickr user Robert Bejil, under Creative Commons
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Added by Michael Keany on February 19, 2016 at 9:42am — No Comments

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