March 2012 Blog Posts (45)

"Cellphones are a Distraction"

Over the last year I have engaged many educators on the topic of using “Cellphones” as learning tools in the classroom. I would say that in most of these discussions, the leading reason given not to have “Cellphones” in a classroom is that they are a distraction.

For the purpose of this post, I am placing some Webster definitions here:

Telephone: an instrument for reproducing sounds at a…

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Added by Tom Whitby on March 30, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Evolution of the School Counselor by Kwok-Sze Richard Won

The Evolution of the School Counselor

Today's guest blogger…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 28, 2012 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Building and District Administrators



In an attempt to better understand second-career teachers and to better develop future policy and practice, please share 5 statements regarding each theme below. 

 

  • Clarification of terms: Second-career teacher is a…
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Added by Joseph A. Coladonato, Ed.D on March 28, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

If The Test Wasn't Coming... by Ariel Sachs

If The Test Wasn't Coming...

Ariel Sachs

Images If the test wasn't around the corner, I would be planning a debate for my eighth graders around the banning of books, a culmination of a great literature unit onThe Chocolate War  and WWII.  Instead, I need to give a practice reading…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 27, 2012 at 3:37pm — 1 Comment

#ASCD12 Winding Down

Putting together an education conference is a huge undertaking that is often overlooked, or at least not fully appreciated  by the attendees. It is not that people are intentionally unappreciative, but they may not realize all that goes into the planning, and execution of such a multi-faceted endeavor. This conference requires a huge effort to solicit, register, organize, accommodate, and deliver over 400 sessions to over 8,000 attendees, and over 200 vendors throughout a four-day event.…

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Added by Tom Whitby on March 27, 2012 at 7:42am — No Comments

Education reformer Michelle Rhee tells her side

Education reformer Michelle Rhee tells her side

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Added by Michael Keany on March 26, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Public Education at a Crossroads

How do we judge performance while maintaining the humanity of a profession that rests on an exchange of ideas between the child and adult?  Thus is the dilemma faced throughout our nation as we grapple with the impact of testing our students and evaluating our teachers in the age of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) process.  The art and science of teaching and learning is of course more than either the sharing of ideas and the grading of students and…

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Added by David A. Gamberg on March 25, 2012 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Improvement Goes Unnoted

Wow, I am surprised at our recent poll as of tonight not seeing teacher quality as having improved. I work in special education and have been pretty impressed and refreshed with the young professionals hard work and creativity. It would seem their technology skills alone would have brought something to the table. 

Added by Eugenia (Jean) Curry on March 25, 2012 at 12:41am — No Comments

#ASCD12 Opening Day

Over the next few days my blog will be a snapshot album of words describing what it is like to attend a premiere education conference, ASCD12. This is an experience that most educators rarely experience over the course of their careers. It is not an inexpensive proposition to send educators to national conferences. For some reason many districts use that as a reason to send the same administrators year after year to these conferences. I think administrators have the idea that their district…

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Added by Tom Whitby on March 23, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Intangible Assets of Public Schools

The Intangible Assets of Public Schools

By Christopher Hale

 

Currently, there is a national effort focused on implementing a standardized assessment of teaching and learning. In the assessments that are currently being discussed, teachers, principals, and thereby entire schools are going to be assigned a value based on growth in math and reading scores, which themselves are the key element of what is known as the “Common…

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Added by Christopher Hale on March 21, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Join me for WizIQ’s first Wednesday Webinar!



Catchy, right? WizIQ Wednesday Webinars…you know, WWW, like the World Wide Web, only different…

OK, well, even if you’re not as impressed with my cleverness as I am, this first webcast is worth…

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Added by Mark Cruthers on March 20, 2012 at 6:48pm — No Comments

“We Don’t Need No Stink’n Textbooks” #Beyondthetextbook

In order for educators to teach kids, they need something to teach. Exactly what it is that educators should teach has often been discussed and continues to be the focus of ongoing discussions for over many generations. The delivery of that content, in regard to what to teach, has never been of great concern, because the bulk of it came in the form of text, delivered in a book called the textbook. In the 50’s the education pioneers introduced film strips, 16mm films, and recordings to…

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Added by Tom Whitby on March 20, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Bribing students: Another ‘magical solution’ that doesn’t work by Larry Ferlazzo

Bribing students: Another ‘magical solution’ that doesn’t work

This was written by Larry Ferlazzo, who teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 20, 2012 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Integrate Long Island Schools by Alan Singer

Alan Singer

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Added by Michael Keany on March 20, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

The Demise of Reason

Is it ignorance, arrogance, or a combination of the two that has led us to this point in education? Having those in charge promulgate an evaluation system that is based on a “gothca” mentality, not based on sound research and which no other country in the world does, is unconscionable.

The state education officials and the politicians do not care about what the research says. They do not care what the leaders in the field say, and they certainly do not care what the practitioners…

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Added by Andy Greene on March 19, 2012 at 7:05am — 2 Comments

Join me for WizIQ’s first Wednesday Webinar!



Catchy, right? WizIQ Wednesday Webinars…you know, WWW, like the World Wide Web, only different…

OK, well, even if you’re not as impressed with my cleverness as I am, this first webcast is worth…

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Added by Mark Cruthers on March 18, 2012 at 11:26pm — No Comments

The Life of a Long Island Teacher

The Life of a Long Island Teacher

By, Paul Romanelli

(Teacher in the Harborfields CSD, Former Suffolk County Math Teacher of the Year and Recipient of the 2012 SCOPE Teacher Service Award)

 

        As we see more and more Federal and State mandates being implemented, it is important to realize that everything rolls downhill, and the final resting place is the classroom.  This is a classroom in which the Secretary of…

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Added by Paul Romanelli on March 18, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

5 Things Teachers Could Learn from the Marines by ANDREW J. ROTHERHAM

5 Things Teachers Could Learn from the Marines

Why Fallujah might have more to teach us than Finland about improving…
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Added by Michael Keany on March 15, 2012 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Common Core: Let's Talk About It by Sarah Henchey

Common Core: Let's Talk About It



Sarah Henchey
"The Common Core will have little to no effect on student achievement," Tom Loveless asserts in a recent Brookings Institution…
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Added by Michael Keany on March 15, 2012 at 8:46am — No Comments

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