May 2012 Blog Posts (73)

Save the Children by Tom Allon (candidate for NYC Mayor)

Save the…
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Added by Michael Keany on May 30, 2012 at 1:20pm — No Comments

How did we get here?From Educating Children to Supporting a Psychometric Industrial Complex



 

It was President Eisenhower who warned our country of blindly falling victim to a military industrial complex as an unintended consequence of the relationship between government and defense contractors.  He spoke of this as a grave threat to our democracy. Today, we face a different insidious threat from within, cloaked in the false clothing that masquerades as new and improved commercial products and technical fixes to an organic problem.  We hear…

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Added by David A. Gamberg on May 30, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Social Media: Help or Hindrance to Edu Reform?

I recently had a lengthy discussion, ironically on Twitter, with a very tech-savvy educator friend about his concerns that big ideas in education might be getting drowned out as a result of the continuing discussions about Social Media and connectedness for educators.  I hope I am categorizing that correctly. My friend felt that Social Media is a powerful medium that can be used to learn, but too much attention is given to it at the expense of other powerful ideas. According to him,” it's…

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Added by Tom Whitby on May 29, 2012 at 10:04am — No Comments

Ten Pieces of Advice for Rookie Teachers

Ten Pieces of Advice for Rookie Teachers



From the Marshall Memo #437

(Originally titled “The Don’ts and Don’ts of Teaching”)

In this Educational Leadership article, New York City high-school teacher Gary Rubinstein lists the mistakes he wishes he’d been warned not to make in his rookie year:

• Don’t try to teach too much in a day. Teachers are…

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Added by Michael Keany on May 27, 2012 at 11:21am — No Comments

And the winner of the May 20 photo contest was ...

Tagrid Sihly

Tagrid corrected identified the following (and gets a free one-year extension on membership):

The name of the school is the Boston Latin School.
Graduate who was a Tea Party organizer: Samuel Adams
Graduate known for his large signature: John Hancock
Graduate who is a father of a US…
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Added by Michael Keany on May 27, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Thoughts on Racial and Economic Integration in Schools and Classrooms

Thoughts on Racial and Economic Integration in Schools and Classrooms



From the Marshall Memo #437

In this Education Gadfly article, Michael Petrilli knits together several important demographic and pedagogical themes that have been in the news recently:

• For the first time, reported The New York Times last week, nonwhites account for more than half of U.S. births.…

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Added by Michael Keany on May 26, 2012 at 10:08am — No Comments

Dumb Kids’ Class



The benefits of being underestimated by the nuns at St. Petronille’s

Dumb Kids’ Class

By MARK BOWDEN…
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Added by Michael Keany on May 24, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Teaching Online

http://www.wiziq.com/course/4264-teaching-online

 

Course Objective

Participants will identify and describe online learning, facilitating online learning, and enabling attitudes to learning, and create student activities on a personal learning environment such as a blog, wiki, Moodle, Blackboard, Edmodo, Canvas, Ning and so on.

Course Layout (June…

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Added by Mark Cruthers on May 24, 2012 at 11:28pm — No Comments

What Teacher Leaders Learned This School Year

What Teacher Leaders Learned This School Year

What is the most significant lesson you learned this year? I posed this question to members of the Teacher…

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Added by Michael Keany on May 24, 2012 at 11:42am — No Comments

How did it come to this?

When you sit down in a quiet moment of reflection and consider all the insanely ill-conceived, demeaning, and downright wrong things that are happening to educators, you begin to ask yourself what happened??

How did we go from a profession in which people showed a modicum of respect for us, to be blamed for the bad economy, not being good at our job, and unworthy of a pension? What did we do to deserve the “gothca” mentality that is pervasive from SED? How did we allow people who are so…

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Added by Andy Greene on May 24, 2012 at 6:26am — 1 Comment

Six Affirmations for PBL Teachers BY ANDREW MILLER

Six Affirmations for PBL Teachers

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Added by Michael Keany on May 23, 2012 at 6:48pm — No Comments

A Gay-Straight Alliance in Every School by Peter DeWitt

Peter DeWitt

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Added by Michael Keany on May 23, 2012 at 11:41am — No Comments

Robert Caro's Lessons From Lyndon B. Johnson About How To Lead In A Crisis

Robert Caro's Lessons From Lyndon B. Johnson About How To Lead In A Crisis

BY DAVID D. BURSTEIN | 05-21-2012 |Fast Company

Since 1982, historian Robert Caro has been chronicling the life of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. The…

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Added by Michael Keany on May 22, 2012 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Avoiding Auto Pilot

Have you ever gotten behind the steering wheel of your car and ended up somewhere without recalling much about the journey except where you started and ended? Do you ever go through a specific routine or experience (i.e. - getting ready for work in the morning) and before you know it you're done and ready to move on to the next thing without being able to recall everything you've done? I don't know about you, but that happens to me on a regular basis. I have a 25 minute ride to work that…

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Added by Tony Sinanis on May 22, 2012 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Standardized Testing Fails the Exam BY W. JAMES POPHAM

Standardized Testing Fails the Exam

If enough educators -- and noneducators -- realize there are serious flaws in how we evaluate our schools, maybe we can stop this absurdity.

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Credit: Veer/James…
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Added by Michael Keany on May 22, 2012 at 1:54pm — No Comments

A Significant Error That Policymakers Commit by Larry Cuban

A Significant Error That Policymakers Commit

by Larry Cuban

As a result of inhabiting a different world than teachers, policymakers make a consequential error. They and a cadre of influentials confuse teacher quality with teaching quality, that is, the personal traits of teachers—dedicated, caring, gregarious, intellectually curious—produce student learning rather than the classroom and…

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Added by Michael Keany on May 22, 2012 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Education in America Serves No Purpose Today by William E. White

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Added by Michael Keany on May 22, 2012 at 1:35pm — No Comments

3 Teacher Evaluation Mistakes to Avoid by Robyn Jackson

3 Teacher Evaluation Mistakes to Avoid

by Robyn Jackson

School districts across the US are creating new teacher evaluation systems that are supposed to better identify ineffective teaching and, in some cases, tie a teacher’s rating to student performance. My quarrel is not with the evaluation systems themselves however. My quarrel is with how they are being implemented. Here are three of the most common mistakes I’ve seen:

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Added by Michael Keany on May 22, 2012 at 1:19pm — No Comments

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