Michael Keany's Blog – August 2011 Archive (38)

What’s the formula for a good school? By Jay Mathews

What’s the formula for a good school?

By Published: August 28

Summer’s gone, almost. It’s time to get serious about fixing our schools.

I had fun in July and August jousting with readers about provocative topics such as teachers making unannounced home visits and getting D.C. schools leaders…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 29, 2011 at 12:28pm — No Comments

What Schools Can Learn From Google, IDEO, and Pixar



What Schools Can Learn From Google, IDEO, and Pixar

The country's strongest innovators embrace creativity, play, and collaboration -- values that also inform their physical spaces.

A community about to build or rehab a…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 29, 2011 at 9:11am — No Comments

Twenty Movies Every Educator Should See

Twenty Movies Every Educator Should See

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Added by Michael Keany on August 26, 2011 at 6:21pm — 1 Comment

Arne Duncan's Twitter Town Hall: Orwell Would Be Proud By Anthony Cody

Arne Duncan's Twitter Town Hall: Orwell Would Be Proud

George…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 26, 2011 at 1:14pm — No Comments

School Superintendents Walk a Tightrope By Walt Gardner

School Superintendents Walk a Tightrope

It's customary for…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 26, 2011 at 1:12pm — No Comments

How to Fix Our Math Education By SOL GARFUNKEL and DAVID MUMFORD

August 24, 2011

How to Fix Our Math Education





NY Times

THERE is widespread alarm in the United States about the state of our math education. The anxiety can be traced to the poor performance of American students on various international tests, and it is now embodied in George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind law, which requires…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 25, 2011 at 7:55am — No Comments

How Teachers and New Administrators Can Lead Together

How Teachers and New Administrators Can Lead Together

A few weeks ago, the faculty at my school received an unexpected call from our principal. He used the synchronized messaging system that delivers phone calls to all of us at once, usually announcing weather delays and PTA meetings. And even though I was…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 24, 2011 at 4:05pm — No Comments

There are more successful schools than you think (see for yourself) By Sean Slade

There are more successful schools than you think (see for yourself)

This was written by Sean Slade, director of Healthy School Communities at ASCD, a global association empowering educators to support…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 23, 2011 at 1:47pm — No Comments

How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next? by Cathy Davidson

How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next?



Paul Schultz

What kids learn at a young age will determine whether they're prepared for a future full of unknowns.

When most of us were deciding what to major in at college, the word Google was not a verb.…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 22, 2011 at 4:33pm — No Comments

The Hidden Costs of Higher Ed By NOAH S. BERNSTEIN

The Hidden Costs of Higher Ed



NY Times

 



OVER the next few weeks, millions of Americans will be heading off to college, and despite the promise of need-blind admissions, more of them than ever will be struggling to pay for it. It’s not just the economy’s fault: even as they publicize lavish financial aid packages, colleges and universities are making it harder for average American families…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 22, 2011 at 6:47am — No Comments

Ten Tell-Tale Signs that It’s Time to Get Back to the Classroom

Ten Tell-Tale Signs that It’s Time to Get Back to the Classroom

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Added by Michael Keany on August 20, 2011 at 11:44am — No Comments

Professional Judgment: Beyond Data Worship

Professional Judgment: Beyond Data Worship

We've been "data driven" for…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 19, 2011 at 4:45pm — No Comments

How to Create Nonreaders Reflections on Motivation, Learning, and Sharing Power By Alfie Kohn

ENGLISH JOURNAL

Fall 2010 -- vol. 100, no. 1

How to Create Nonreaders

Reflections on Motivation, Learning, and Sharing Power



By Alfie Kohn



 



                            Autonomy-supportive teachers seek a student's initiative

                             - whereas controlling teachers seek a student's…
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Added by Michael Keany on August 18, 2011 at 1:37pm — No Comments

When A “Good” Class Goes “Bad” (And Back To “Good” Again!) by Larry Ferlazzo

Larry Ferlazzo

When A “Good” Class Goes “Bad” (And Back To “Good” Again!)





Note: I posted a version of this piece last week in In Practice , a group blog written by teachers who work in lower-income communities. It originally included nine actions I had taken. Since that original posting, I remembered a tenth step I took, and also solicited anonymous feedback from my students about their perception of changes that have occurred in the classroom. I’ve included both the… Continue

Added by Michael Keany on August 17, 2011 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Helping Students Deal with Uncertainty in the Classroom BY BEN JOHNSON

Helping Students Deal with Uncertainty in the Classroom

BY BEN JOHNSON

8/16/11



I did an experiment with a group of adult educators. I gave them very vague instructions on how to arrange groups. The goal was that each educator would participate in four different groups. I told them that the composition of each group had to be different. Some of the adults were willing to work it out, trial and error even. Others would get to a point and then realize that they did not… Continue

Added by Michael Keany on August 17, 2011 at 3:31pm — No Comments

To Waive or not to Waive by former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings

This is the first of a series of posts former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings is writing for The Huffington Post over the next few weeks through back-to-school season on U.S. Education.

Hopelessness and lack of confidence, spending dominating policymaking conversations, angst at all levels of government, and a public disgusted, disconnected and disappointed -- descriptors of our current economic situation? No, (well yes), they're descriptors of the current…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 17, 2011 at 9:03am — No Comments

The ‘absurd’ debate about length of school year by Mark Phillips

The ‘absurd’ debate about length of school year

This was written by Mark Phillips, professor emeritus of secondary education at …

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Added by Michael Keany on August 16, 2011 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Mathematics Education: A Way Forward By David Wees

Mathematics Education: A Way Forward

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Added by Michael Keany on August 15, 2011 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Super Teachers Alone Can't Save Our Schools by Steven Brill

Super Teachers Alone Can't Save Our Schools

Extraordinary educators are rare and often burn out. To save our schools, says Steven Brill, we have to demand more from ordinary teachers and their unions.…

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Added by Michael Keany on August 15, 2011 at 2:01pm — No Comments

The 6 Dumbest Things Schools Are Doing in the Name of Safety By:Sara J., Steve Blair

The 6 Dumbest Things Schools Are Doing in the Name of Safety





  August 14, 2011 …


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Added by Michael Keany on August 15, 2011 at 1:52pm — No Comments

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