December 2012 Blog Posts (75)

Will you stand up for our children and help reform the village?

The "village" is currently not in working order. There was a time when you could send your children outside to play, safely. There was a time when children could walk to school, safely. There was a time when neighbors were just as responsible for one another's children, and would ensure the safety of each child. 

As gun violence continues, will LaPierre and the NRA recommend Armed Guards on Firetrucks or arm Firemen with guns- as if firemen don't have enough to worry…

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Added by Dr. Jackie Cody on December 29, 2012 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Three Professional Reads That are Worth Your Time by Bill Ferriter

Three Professional Reads That are Worth Your Time

The Tempered Radical by Bill Ferriter

Let's start with a simple truth:  The best school leaders -- whether they are classroom teachers, principals, or district professional development providers -- should ALWAYS be reading simply because reading keeps a practitioner current and serves as a source of constant intellectual…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 28, 2012 at 8:10pm — No Comments

What Middle School Students Need to Read

What Middle School Students Need to Read

Claire Needell Hollander

Claire Needell Hollander is an English teacher at a public middle school in New York City. She is the author of "Something Right Behind Her."

UPDATED DECEMBER 27, 2012, 6:03 PM

Emotional…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 28, 2012 at 8:08pm — No Comments

Principal Entry Plan-The 1st 100 Days

Why Have an Entry Plan?
I began developing Entry Plans many years ago as I applied for head football coaching positions.  I always believed the plan played an instrumental role in getting me the job, and guided me successfully through the initial challenges of the job if I was fortunate enough…
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Added by Bill Burkhead on December 27, 2012 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Believing in Students: The Power to Make a Difference by DR. RICHARD CURWIN

Believing in Students: The Power to Make a Difference

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Added by Michael Keany on December 27, 2012 at 9:51am — 1 Comment

Sorting Packages and Sorting Education

In the wake of the holiday gift giving season and the trajectory of increased online shopping it is worth taking a look at changing trends in commerce and how that may or may not apply to education.  One of these trends is an ever increasing volume of package deliveries throughout the world.  The first part of this examination really goes beyond holiday shopping habits or the number of packages delivered, and seeks to recognize the vastly changed landscape that we live in today compared to…

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Added by David A. Gamberg on December 27, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Bridging the New Digital Divide by Ed Finkel

Bridging the New Digital Divide

Technology opportunities and challenges school leaders must address.
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Added by Michael Keany on December 26, 2012 at 3:05pm — No Comments

How to Unleash Creativity

How to Unleash Creativity

“Most people are born creative,” say Tom Kelley (University of California/Berkeley and University of Tokyo) and David Kelley (Stanford University) in this thoughtful Harvard Business Review article. “As children, we revel in imaginary play, ask outlandish questions, draw blobs and call them dinosaurs.” But as the years pass, formal education takes its toll and many people no longer see themselves as…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 26, 2012 at 8:52am — No Comments

Eighty-Six Things I Learned at P.S. 86 by Hallie Fox

Eighty-Six Things I Learned at P.S. 86 (Hallie Fox)

This guest post is written by Hallie Fox, who taught in a Bronx (New York City) elementary school–P.S. 86. She was a student in my Fall quarter seminar on “Good School and…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 22, 2012 at 2:22pm — No Comments

The Best of 2012: My Favorite Books for Parents and Educators by Mark Phillips

The Best of 2012: My Favorite Books for Parents and Educators

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Added by Michael Keany on December 22, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Students Must Unplug by Bill Smoot

Kicking A Digital Addiction: What Happens When Students Must Unplug

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

Arm Teachers?

I hate the fact that this country has been thrown into this discussion the way that it has. The events leading to this discussion were costly and horrific. As I have stated before we need to discuss the facts and not propaganda or demagogy. We should also examine the facts without emotion which, in light of events and the victims, seems an impossible task. Educators have now been thrust into the discussion as a result of so many schools being victimized. There is also a consideration by some…

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Added by Tom Whitby on December 21, 2012 at 4:19pm — No Comments

The 8 Aspects of Teacher Learning by Sr Geralyn Schmidt

The 8 Aspects of Teacher Learning

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Added by Michael Keany on December 21, 2012 at 2:54pm — No Comments

The science class of the (not too distant) future by John Martin

December 20th, 2012
10:23 AM ET
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Added by Michael Keany on December 21, 2012 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Why Instruction in Second Languages Remains a Priority

 

Second-Language Learning

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Added by Michael Keany on December 21, 2012 at 2:51pm — 1 Comment

To Keep Them Safe by Gerard Dempsey

To Keep Them Safe

by Jerry Dempsey

It is our fundamental task as a human race to support and keep our children safe.  As parents, teachers, leaders, or citizens, we all bear the burden to protect the young and create a world which tries to save them from pain, loss, and especially, death.  Random accidents or acts of violence make this a daunting and, sometimes, impossible task.  However, for the very young, we have created…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 20, 2012 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Teacher quits job via YouTube - In viral video, he says he's fed up with standardized testing

Teacher quits job via YouTube

In viral video, he says he's fed up with standardized testing

Teacher quits on YouTube

YouTube

A second-grade teacher in Providence, R.I., has issued a very public resignation that is making its rounds online.

"I've had it, I quit," Stephen Round says in his…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 20, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

New Factors for College-Bound Students to Consider

New Factors for College-Bound Students to Consider

In this ASCA School Counselor article, Don Fraser of the National Association for College Admission Counseling suggests that high-school counselors research the following criteria for students to help them become more savvy consumers of higher education:

• Academic services available – The level and sophistication of support for struggling students is important, even if…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 20, 2012 at 1:33pm — No Comments

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