Michael Keany's Blog – March 2015 Archive (49)

Can We Talk About Change Without Hurting Feelings? by Will Richardson

Can We Talk About Change Without Hurting Feelings?

by Will Richardson

“Last night, George Couros Tweeted this:

“I think when we say things like ‘school is broken’ it really demeans the hard work of so many educators who make school awesome everyday.”

As I would have expected, it was retweeted and favorited widely. The sentiment is, of course,…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 31, 2015 at 10:57am — No Comments

Fareed Zakaria: America's obsession with STEM education dangerous

Fareed Zakaria: America's obsession with STEM education dangerous

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Added by Michael Keany on March 30, 2015 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Are teachers allowed enough freedom to take risks with curriculum? By Allie Gross

Are teachers allowed enough freedom to take risks with curriculum?

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Added by Michael Keany on March 30, 2015 at 3:03pm — No Comments

How Can Successful School Improvement Ideas Be Taken to Scale? by Catherine Lewis

How Can Successful School Improvement Ideas Be Taken to Scale?

In this article in Educational Researcher, Catherine Lewis (Mills College School of Education) asks why a number of good ideas for improving student achievement are not “scaling up” – that is, having an impact beyond a small number of successful classrooms and schools. Other fields (including health care and automobile manufacturing) have brought about major gains in quality by…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 30, 2015 at 9:59am — No Comments

How Schools Can Help Push Back the Age of Childbearing by Michael Petrilli

How Schools Can Help Push Back the Age of Childbearing

In this article in Education Next, Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute asks what U.S. schools can do about the growing number of out-of-wedlock births and the well-documented travails of children raised in single-parent homes. “This may seem like a ridiculous question,” he concedes. How can schools possibly affect a problem with such deep roots? Shouldn’t schools limit…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 30, 2015 at 9:57am — No Comments

The Power of Reading Aloud

The Power of Reading Aloud

In this article in The Reading Teacher, Illinois teacher JeanaLe Ann Marshall describes how her fourth graders react when she wraps up her daily 10-minute readaloud: “Nooooo! Read more! Don’t stop! Why do you always do this to us?” Among their favorite books:

  • Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis (2013)
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine…
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Added by Michael Keany on March 30, 2015 at 9:54am — No Comments

Opting out, race, and reform by Robert Pondiscio

Opting out, race, and reform

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Added by Michael Keany on March 26, 2015 at 10:18am — No Comments

TEST PREP: Junk Food Instruction by Steve Peha

TEST PREP: Junk Food Instruction

Steve Peha

TEACHING THAT MAKES SENSE

www.ttms.org

Testing is the most misunderstood element of education reform.

Ignoring decades of research that shows that testing actually helps kids learn, we assume it doesn’t. Ignoring more recent…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 26, 2015 at 9:28am — No Comments

Can we fix elitist public high school admissions? by Alia Wong

Can we fix elitist public high school admissions?

Only 5,000 kids are offered admission to the nine prestigious college-prep high schools in New York City, and they are predominantly male, and white or Asian, reports Alia Wong in The Atlantic. In 2013, just four percent of incoming freshman were black, and five percent Latino, to the three most prominent schools: Stuyvesant, Bronx School of Science, and Brooklyn Tech. Admission to a specialized school hinges…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2015 at 7:19pm — No Comments

The Common Core: great if you're affluent - Carol Burris

The Common Core: great if you're affluent

Carol Burris, a principal in New York state, writes in a letter in The Hechinger Report to Jayne Ellspermann, a principal in Florida, that the problems she sees with the Common Core go beyond mechanical issues of implementation to the standards themselves. If every child in America grew up in a financially secure home with access to enriching activities and an excellent pre-school, the standards would be great. Since…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2015 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Learning Should NEVER be Lonely. by Bill Ferriter

Learning Should NEVER be Lonely.



One of the terms that I just can't come to grips with in education is "personalized learning."  Maybe I'm being paranoid, but it literally frightens me. 

In my worst nightmares, I see rows of…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2015 at 10:31am — No Comments

Opting Out? Look at the Tests First By Robert Rothman

Opting Out? Look at the Tests First

 

Well, testing season seems to have…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2015 at 10:18am — No Comments

Decoding the Common Core: A Teacher's Perspective by Ariel Sacks

Decoding the Common Core: A Teacher's Perspective

—Jared Boggess for Education Week
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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2015 at 10:15am — No Comments

Don't Become a Teacher, Advises Award-Winner Nancie Atwell By Jordan Moeny

Don't Become a Teacher, Advises Award-Winner Nancie Atwell

Ed Week

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An influential language arts teacher who…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 24, 2015 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Lessons from 'Thug Notes': Does Swearing Belong in the Classroom? by Mary Jo Madda

Lessons from 'Thug Notes': Does Swearing Belong in the Classroom?

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Added by Michael Keany on March 24, 2015 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Focused Leadership: Fish Don't Rot From the Tail First by Steve Ventura

Focused Leadership: Fish Don't Rot From the Tail First

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Added by Michael Keany on March 23, 2015 at 3:24pm — No Comments

CAN WE DISCUSS THE WHOLE CLASS NOVEL FOR A MOMENT? by Pernille Ripp

CAN WE DISCUSS THE WHOLE CLASS NOVEL FOR A MOMENT?

I have been pondering the idea of the repeated whole class novel; a bastion of English classes everywhere.  I have been pondering why this practice seems to flourish in English classes everywhere despite what it seems to be doing to some students’ love of reading.  Frankly, I am starting to get upset about it, after all, it is hard not to when my incredible niece who…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 23, 2015 at 11:19am — No Comments

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