October 2011 Blog Posts (62)

Letter to a High School Student By Peter DeWitt

Letter to a High School Student

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Added by Michael Keany on October 31, 2011 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Failure Is the Best Option by Brandy Williams

Failure Is the Best Option

Posted: 10/28/11 05:41 PM ET
by Brandy Williams


Some people need to fail. There, I…

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Added by Michael Keany on October 31, 2011 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Teacher Leadership's Gaining Momentum--Where Are We Going? by Ariel Sacks

Teacher Leadership's Gaining Momentum--Where Are We Going?

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by Ariel Sacks

Five years ago, I joined the Teacher Leaders Network, then a listserve where conversations between accomplished teachers across the nation were conducted through…

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Added by Michael Keany on October 31, 2011 at 2:10pm — No Comments

The Parent Portal: The Pros and Cons of Transparent Gradebooks by Heather Wolpert-Gawron

The Parent Portal: The Pros and Cons of Transparent Gradebooks

Heather Wolpert-Gawron

The Parent Portal is now open. No, this isn’t some Dr. Who vortex waiting to suck away all parents who can’t seem to drop their kids off on time. It’s the 24/7 online access to a teacher’s grade book.

A…

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Added by Michael Keany on October 31, 2011 at 2:07pm — No 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 deeper… Continue

Added by Bill Burkhead on October 30, 2011 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Reminding Our Leaders of the Civic Mission of Schools BY ANNE OBRIEN

Reminding Our Leaders of the Civic Mission of Schools

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Added by Michael Keany on October 28, 2011 at 6:47pm — No Comments

Social and Emotional Curriculum: The Seven Doors to Happiness BY RANDY TARAN

Social and Emotional Curriculum: The Seven Doors to Happiness

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Added by Michael Keany on October 28, 2011 at 6:40pm — No Comments

BULL*HORN-- The Orion: 864,000 Invisible Minutes

 

 

Connecting the dots is an intuitive process that has been around since the beginning of time.  It makes sense that the sky became an element of mystery; an untouchable piece of magic.  The Orion (read educator) holds his shield against the mighty bull (read political/educational agenda), who is ready to charge the warrior.  Through our own careful examination, thousands of years later, we can see this glorious moment of violent tension in the crisp winter sky just by…

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Added by Mark P. Gray on October 28, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Why School Teams Don’t Analyze Data

The School AdministratorOctober 2011 Number 9, Vol. 68| Missing the Mark| …

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Added by Michael Keany on October 28, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments

When Parents Push Back on Grading by Thomas R. Guskey

When Parents Push Back on Grading

Guskey_t120x148 Educators working to reform grading and reporting often find that some of their strongest opposition comes from parents and community members. Most parents remember grades from when they were in school as a reflection of each student's relative standing among classmates. A grade…

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Added by Michael Keany on October 27, 2011 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Opinion: Let the implementation begin! By Kathleen Porter-Magee

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Added by Michael Keany on October 27, 2011 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Just for Fun: DEAR MOUNTAIN ROOM PARENTS by Maria Semple

DEAR MOUNTAIN ROOM PARENTS

by OCTOBER 24, 2011

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Added by Michael Keany on October 27, 2011 at 3:01pm — No Comments

When School Web Filtering Comes Home by Audrey Watters

When School Web Filtering Comes Home…



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Added by Michael Keany on October 27, 2011 at 2:57pm — No 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 Tom Whitby on October 27, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Global Search for Education: Change Leader by C. M. Rubin

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Added by Michael Keany on October 26, 2011 at 10:40am — No Comments

Screen Time, Young Kids and Literacy: New Data Begs Questions by Lisa Guernsey

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Added by Michael Keany on October 26, 2011 at 10:38am — No Comments

Back to (the wrong) school from Seth Godin's Blog

Back to (the wrong) school

Seth Godin's Blog

A hundred and fifty years ago, adults were incensed about child labor. Low-wage kids were taking jobs away from hard-working adults.



Sure, there was some moral outrage at seven-year olds losing fingers and being abused at work, but the economic rationale was paramount. Factory owners insisted that losing child workers would be catastrophic to their…

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Added by Michael Keany on October 25, 2011 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Is the Whiteboard Living Up to Its Hype by Heather Wolpert-Gawron

How the Interactive Whiteboard is Really Ed Tech’s Laserdisk

I’m taking a class at Walden University right now, and a recent prompt asked us to identify a future technology. I took a moment to reflect on this country’s current enthusiastic roll-out of Interactive Whiteboards, and why I feel strongly that these are…

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Added by Michael Keany on October 24, 2011 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Using Twitter in High School Classrooms by Bill Ferriter

Using Twitter in High School Classrooms

by Bill Ferriter

One of the best professional experiences I've had in a long time happened at my Teaching the iGeneration workshop in Cincinnati this week.

You see, I had the distinct pleasure of working with a super motivated…

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Added by Michael Keany on October 24, 2011 at 3:10pm — No Comments

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