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January 16, 2012

The Importance of Service Learning

Last weekend I was on #elemchat with my colleagues near and far on Twitter and the topic of discussion was service learning. Service learning can be defined in many ways but it is primarily when students work on a project together for their community or communities far away. It is such an important...

January 13, 2012

Tune-Ups and Teachable Moments

Children are not supposed to be perfect all the time. Adults certainly aren't! When I was in seventh grade I had to go to the principal's office. My early teenage brain had gotten the best of me and I was rude to a teacher, which is something that did not please my mom and I heard about it when I...

January 02, 2012

Hierarchy in the Public School System

Children learn many lessons when they are at school, both in the classroom and out. The bus ride and recess are places where children may learn things from their peers that are not age appropriate. They also learn lessons from the adults around them that may not be age appropriate either. One of th...

December 30, 2011

The Loss of Academic Freedom

"Because teaching as a profession is so poorly understood there's always the temptation for those not active in the classroom to try to "codify" it and make it seem like some mechanical process which can be "time and motion" studied and optimized." Scott Johnston, Australia In decades past, teach...

December 22, 2011

High Stakes Testing: The New SAT's

If you're sitting on the sidelines watching this happen, it's time to join the game. The dean of Harvard University called me yesterday. After I hung up the phone and visited some classrooms I went back to my office and received a message that the dean of Yale called. They wanted transcripts for ...

December 20, 2011

Meeting the Needs of All Learners: Implementing Action Research

Don't keep moving forward toward the iceberg when you know it's going to sink your ship. This past semester I taught a graduate course in action research. Action research is completed by a classroom or general education teacher. Teachers take an issue they are having in their classroom and resear...

December 19, 2011

Letter to a New Teacher

Last week, as I got ready to end the week and begin the weekend, I said goodbye to the eight pre-service teachers who ended their student teaching experience in our building. They handed me thank you cards, and the classrooms where they spent their experience had parties to provide closure to the w...

December 17, 2011

Is the U.S. Becoming the Anti-Model of Education?

Not only is this system being built on the shoulders of tests harmful to students it is resulting in a form of educational malpractice. The other day I was on Twitter reading messages and blogs from educators from around the world and found a blog by Joe Bower who is an educator in Alberta, Canada...

December 15, 2011

Can Educators Be Innovative When They Lack 21st Century Resources?

As some teachers try to find ways to educate 25 to 27 students in their classrooms, other teachers are trying to figure out how to manage 40 students in their classrooms. As some schools purchase IPads for their staff, other poorer schools are scrambling to make sure their teachers have paper, pen...

December 13, 2011

The Power of Two: Co-Teaching in the Classroom

Too often, a special education teacher or Academic Intervention Service (AIS) provider acts as a very expensive pointer in the classroom. I moonlight as an adjunct professor at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. It's my alma mater and I received my undergraduate degree as well as my adminis...

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