Michael Keany's Blog – June 2015 Archive (45)

John Hattie Releases 'The Politics of Distraction' By Peter DeWitt

John Hattie Releases 'The Politics of Distraction'

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Added by Michael Keany on June 29, 2015 at 8:49am — No Comments

Downshifting to Summer by Tricia Ebner

Downshifting



 

I’ve done this now for 24 years. I’d love to tell you I’ve gotten better at each year. Sadly, I haven’t. This is just as big a challenge for me now as it was after my first year.

I’m…

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Added by Michael Keany on June 28, 2015 at 10:39am — No Comments

Using Socratic Seminars in Middle School By Sarah Tantillo

Sarah Tweaks Her Socratic Seminar Recipe

Sarah Tantillo extends her wildly popular 2013 MiddleWeb post, Socratic Seminars in the Middle, with a variation suggested…

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Added by Michael Keany on June 26, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Education Wars: A Prescription for Peace by Arnold Dodge

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Added by Michael Keany on June 24, 2015 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Football or Music? What's the Best K-12 Investment? By John R. Gerdy

Football or Music? What's the Best K-12 Investment?

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In a perfect world, all high school activities would be fully funded. But to educators struggling to find the financial means to establish and pay for educational priorities, it is clear that we…

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Added by Michael Keany on June 24, 2015 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

Vergara: careful what you wish for

Vergara: careful what you wish for

A new article by Kevin Welner from the National Education Policy Center weighs whether the Vergara plaintiffs, in their eagerness to take on teacher unions, have invited litigation from policy and reform rivals. When the Vergara decision was first handed down, it was celebrated by advocates who sought a revision of the teacher dismissal process, particularly of teachers with low results from value-added models of student…

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Added by Michael Keany on June 18, 2015 at 10:24am — No Comments

Too demanding too soon?

Too demanding too soon?

Do the Common Core Standards ask too much of 5- and 6-year-olds in reading? asks Liana Heiten in Education Week. The debate is heated, at its heart the standard stating kindergartners should be able to "read emergent-reader tests with purpose and understanding." Experts agree it's a more advanced expectation than previously, but have less agreement about whether it's an overreach. Critics argue the standard is not "developmentally…

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Added by Michael Keany on June 18, 2015 at 10:21am — No Comments

To play or not to play

To play or not to play

As American classrooms focus on test scores, younger students have gotten more instruction and less time in sandboxes, writes Motoko Rich for The New York Times. Nationally, schools have curtailed arts and recess in favor of longer blocks for reading and math. A study by the University of Virginia comparing federal surveys of kindergarten teachers in 1998 and 2010 found the number of teachers whose students had daily art and music…

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Added by Michael Keany on June 18, 2015 at 10:20am — No Comments

How to Grade a Teacher by Joe Nocera





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Added by Michael Keany on June 17, 2015 at 8:52am — No Comments

Common Core Is Leaving My Students Behind by Brian Zorn



Common Core Is Leaving My Students Behind

I teach special education. We already know that these children can’t read at their grade level.…



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Added by Michael Keany on June 16, 2015 at 10:11am — No Comments

The Opt-Out Movement Is Gaining Momentum By Michael P. Evans & Andrew Saultz

The Opt-Out Movement Is Gaining Momentum

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While addressing a group of state schools superintendents in 2013, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described…

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Added by Michael Keany on June 16, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

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