August 2011 Blog Posts (54)

Shake-Up

After the earthquake on the East Coast last week, I guess I had the term “Shake-Up” on my mind. I don’t know which I considered first, the title, or the post.  The beginning of the school year has arrived as many of us do every year, I am wondering what I will do differently this year from those same classes that I had last year. This is something that many teachers consider as they enter a new year. It is also something that many teachers do not ultimately address, but rather settle for…

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Added by Tom Whitby on August 31, 2011 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment

The Times They Are A-Changin'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCWdCKPtnYE

Over the course of the last week, I began to notice the days have been getting shorter.  The mornings are cooler.  And the shelves of Target are stocked with boxes of Crayola crayons on sale for forty cents.  I don’t know when all of this happened but I realized with summer fading into the horizon, I better get out there and enjoy its final days before it completely disappears.  So,…

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Added by Kim Yaris on August 31, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

What’s the formula for a good school? By Jay Mathews

What’s the formula for a good school?

By Published: August 28

Summer’s gone, almost. It’s time to get serious about fixing our schools.

I had fun in July and August jousting with readers about provocative topics such as teachers making unannounced home visits and getting D.C. schools leaders…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 29, 2011 at 12:28pm — No Comments

What Schools Can Learn From Google, IDEO, and Pixar



What Schools Can Learn From Google, IDEO, and Pixar

The country's strongest innovators embrace creativity, play, and collaboration -- values that also inform their physical spaces.

A community about to build or rehab a…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 29, 2011 at 9:11am — No Comments

Twenty Movies Every Educator Should See

Twenty Movies Every Educator Should See

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Added by Michael Keany on August 26, 2011 at 6:21pm — 1 Comment

Arne Duncan's Twitter Town Hall: Orwell Would Be Proud By Anthony Cody

Arne Duncan's Twitter Town Hall: Orwell Would Be Proud

George…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 26, 2011 at 1:14pm — No Comments

School Superintendents Walk a Tightrope By Walt Gardner

School Superintendents Walk a Tightrope

It's customary for…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 26, 2011 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Dissonance

A few days ago, I watched a series of videos produced by PBS and the New York State Education Department aimed at helping educators understand the Common Core Standards. I watched intently as David Coleman, one of the Core’s contributing authors and John B. King, commissioner of Education in New York, outlined the six primary instructional shifts the core seeks to… Continue

Added by Kim Yaris on August 25, 2011 at 10:43am — No Comments

How to Fix Our Math Education By SOL GARFUNKEL and DAVID MUMFORD

August 24, 2011

How to Fix Our Math Education





NY Times

THERE is widespread alarm in the United States about the state of our math education. The anxiety can be traced to the poor performance of American students on various international tests, and it is now embodied in George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind law, which requires…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 25, 2011 at 7:55am — No Comments

How Teachers and New Administrators Can Lead Together

How Teachers and New Administrators Can Lead Together

A few weeks ago, the faculty at my school received an unexpected call from our principal. He used the synchronized messaging system that delivers phone calls to all of us at once, usually announcing weather delays and PTA meetings. And even though I was…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 24, 2011 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Secon-Career Teachers

My BS was in Computer Science. I worked for over 20 in the software business. At the age of 45 I was fortunately laid off and was able to reviewed my life. I wanted to find a profession in which I could earn enough of a living  tto support my family (3 children - single mom) while contibuting to the general good of our society. I decided to become a teacher.

 

I called my local district HR person. She told me that older teachers were not considered for elementary positions…

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Added by carla Kramer on August 24, 2011 at 10:42am — No Comments

#Edchat: Echo Chamber or Sounding Board

For those who do not know about it, #Edchat is a weekly chat about education that takes place at noon and 7 PM ET every Tuesday on Twitter. It has involved as many as a thousand teachers globally putting out over 3,000 tweets in an hour. #Edchat has existed continuously for two years, taking only 2 weeks of for Christmas and New Years. #Edchat has won awards and has been written about in every major US educational Journal. Additionally, since #Edchat began, about 60 other chats have popped up… Continue

Added by Tom Whitby on August 23, 2011 at 2:53pm — No Comments

There are more successful schools than you think (see for yourself) By Sean Slade

There are more successful schools than you think (see for yourself)

This was written by Sean Slade, director of Healthy School Communities at ASCD, a global association empowering educators to support…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 23, 2011 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Interdisciplinary Instructional Approaches

I have been teaching a course in interdisciplinary instruction for teaching candidates for many years. Currently, I use my own book in which I propose approaches to both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary instructional unit planning. I retired from full-time teaching in 2008 but have continued to teach the course in the fall semester each year. Anyone interested in the specific interpretations I give to the interdisciplinary methodology may want to look at a website I use for students.…

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Added by Karlyn Wood on August 22, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments

How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next? by Cathy Davidson

How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next?



Paul Schultz

What kids learn at a young age will determine whether they're prepared for a future full of unknowns.

When most of us were deciding what to major in at college, the word Google was not a verb.…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 22, 2011 at 4:33pm — No Comments

The Hidden Costs of Higher Ed By NOAH S. BERNSTEIN

The Hidden Costs of Higher Ed



NY Times

 



OVER the next few weeks, millions of Americans will be heading off to college, and despite the promise of need-blind admissions, more of them than ever will be struggling to pay for it. It’s not just the economy’s fault: even as they publicize lavish financial aid packages, colleges and universities are making it harder for average American families…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 22, 2011 at 6:47am — No Comments

Ten Tell-Tale Signs that It’s Time to Get Back to the Classroom

Ten Tell-Tale Signs that It’s Time to Get Back to the Classroom

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Added by Michael Keany on August 20, 2011 at 11:44am — No Comments

Link List of the videos from #140EDU Conference NYC



This is the listing of all of the videos from #140EDU Conference. Please feel free to share these videos with your friends and colleagues:

Chris Lehmann - http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-welcome-5465616

Jeff Pulver - …

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Added by Tom Whitby on August 19, 2011 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Professional Judgment: Beyond Data Worship

Professional Judgment: Beyond Data Worship

We've been "data driven" for…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 19, 2011 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Leadership Accountability

I am growing tired of the number of posts and stories I read about everyone’s plan on “teacher accountability”. I see too many holes in too many plans to deal with what is being categorized as “THE PROBLEM” with education; bad teachers. Unfortunately, when the outcome of many of these ill-conceived plans like Merit Pay result in failure, that too will be blamed on the teachers for its failure to work and not the fact that the plan itself was flawed. Teachers are in a no-win situation with…

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Added by Tom Whitby on August 18, 2011 at 2:38pm — No Comments

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