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Added by Michael Keany on November 28, 2022 at 10:59am — No Comments

More on Reading Novels to Teens

More on Reading Novels to Teens

Tim Shanahan

This blog entry first posted 30 April 2017 and was reposted on 19 November 2022.

Recently, I’ve received numerous questions about the value of reading novels to high school and middle school students (letters usually from annoyed colleagues). My replies have typically included the following:  “Teaching someone to read without having them read it is a neat…

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Added by Michael Keany on November 28, 2022 at 10:57am — No Comments

ARE YOU PREPARED TO BE A COMPETITIVE CANDIDATE? by Larry Aronstein

Assume that you are a well-qualified applicant who is applying for a mid-level leadership position and are 1 out of a total of 150 applicants. Assume that there are at least 15 other candidates who are equally qualified. Why do you need to be well prepared for a job search? What must you know and do so you don’t sound like the rest of the candidates? Consider the following:

  1. Do you know how to strategically organize and design a resume that gets the reviewers’…
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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on November 25, 2022 at 10:41am — No Comments

Best book about public schools: "Saving K-12"

 Wednesday, Nov. 23, '22

Episode #73 (podcast 7 minutes) about:

Best Gift For Smart People—''Saving K-12"

Most books about education are boring. So let's announce emphatically: this is a well-written, lively book, and fun to…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on November 24, 2022 at 9:54pm — No Comments

3 Reasons Smart Leaders Tell Stories

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Added by Michael Keany on November 22, 2022 at 9:22am — No Comments

Emphasizing Tests (or maybe not)

Teachers and Students’ Postsecondary Outcomes: Testing the Predictive Power of Test and Nontest Teacher Quality Measures is by Benjamin Backes, James Cowan, Dan Goldhaber, Roddy Theobald.

from Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s an excerpt:

Test-based teacher quality measures have more explanatory…

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Added by Michael Keany on November 1, 2022 at 10:39am — No Comments

What Changes Kids’ Minds about Poetry?



What Changes Kids’ Minds about Poetry?

By MiddleWeb 
middleweb.com
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Added by Michael Keany on November 1, 2022 at 10:33am — No Comments

Teaching Children to Use Context

Teaching Children to Use Context

Tim Shanahan

I’m writing this blog because of the disarray I see over the topic of context instruction and the poor instructional practice that it seems to manifest.

One confusion is already well recognized, but merits some mention here. The other befuddlement usually goes without remark, and yet it, too, has unfortunate consequences for young readers.

Let’s dispatch the first problem…

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Added by Michael Keany on October 27, 2022 at 2:08pm — No Comments

I have always said that Constructivism should be called Destructivism

Constructivism has been a huge fad for decades. I denounce it as much as possible.

First of all, it prohibits teaching...you know, that's what they did in schools until Constructivism came along.

Listen up, peasants!! There will be no more direct instruction!... Isn't that idiotic on the face of it?…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on October 20, 2022 at 10:18pm — No Comments

Exercises That Help Students Focus on Reading



Exercises That Help Students Focus on Reading

By Lauren Brukner 
edutopia.org
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Added by Michael Keany on October 11, 2022 at 9:39am — No Comments

BEWARE OF FOLLOWING WELL-INTENTIONED ADVICE by Larry Aronstein

Remember the adage, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. After a 46-year career in public education, 38 as a school and district leader who interviewed thousands of candidates, I believe I can speak with some authority about hiring educators. Be careful about following advice from well-intentioned friends, family and colleagues. Here are a few examples of advice you should not follow, why not, and what you should…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on October 9, 2022 at 11:02am — No Comments

YOUR CANDIDACY: WHAT ARE THEY REALLY LOOKING FOR AND HOW DO YOU PRESENT YOURSELF by LARRY ARONSTEIN

As a candidate, everything you write and say contribute to building your narrative; the story you tell about yourself. This includes your resume and cover letter, how you present yourself in person or virtually, your answers to the interviewers’ questions, the questions you ask, your letters of reference, and what your references say about you. It's about developing a picture of yourself, creating a chemistry, demonstrating you are a good match, an easy good fit for what they're really…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on October 2, 2022 at 1:00pm — No Comments

U.S. News college rankings draw new complaints and competitors

U.S. News college rankings draw new complaints and competitors

Nick Anderson, The Washington Post



“As the latest rankings came out Monday, they faced mounting questions about the data that underlie them, the methods used to sort colleges and universities and the intense competition from other publications that…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 15, 2022 at 10:13am — No Comments

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