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October 27, 2011

The Sky is Falling: Preparing for a 2% Tax Cap

"The sky is falling. I saw it with my eyes. I heard it with my ears. Some of it fell on my tail." Chicken Little Many educators have spent the past couple of years dealing with the realities of our economic crisis. Our budgets have been voted down and we are forced to do more with less. Schoo...

October 21, 2011

What Are We Teaching The Social Network Generation?

As I walk around the school building getting to know my students, I love to hear their stories about what they did after school or hear their plans for the upcoming weekend. From first glance, they are much like we were when we were young. They want to hang with their friends and have fun with the...

October 17, 2011

No Testing Week

"We are raising a stressed out generation of students who are over-tested and overanalyzed." The other day I took some time to craft an e-mail in a Word document. I needed to take the time to make sure that I chose my words correctly. Sending the whole staff a message is something that I take seri...

October 15, 2011

Where's the love for reading and writing? An Interview with Laurie Halse Anderson

"Children are born creative. I think that the emphasis on tests and judging creative expression damages that inherent creativity very early on." Laurie Halse Anderson Educators are the Jack of All Trades when it comes to teaching. Most educators can teach any subject area given the proper amount o...

September 25, 2011

Educating The Social Network Generation

Facebook, as well as Twitter, are great social networking tools for adults and teenagers. It allows for everyone to connect in a variety of ways. Although it can be a useful tool for home and schools, there are advantages and disadvantages of using Facebook and Twitter as well. As we go further thro...

September 20, 2011

Parents as Partners

"Children have the greatest chance of reaching their potential and becoming positive members of the school community if schools treat parents as partners" (Wood, 2011, p.98). We all want to help our children be successful at school. No one wants to see their child struggle, because it leads to fru...

September 15, 2011

State Interventions Can Help Create Inclusive Schools

"While the intersections of social class, race, gender, sexuality, and religion vary for each person, their existence and importance within our culture are, for those who do not share membership in the dominant groups, social facts with social consequences" (Sears, 1991, p. 55). School codes of ...

September 11, 2011

State Assessments: The Only Data That Matters

Schools are working very hard on establishing data points for students to follow their progress during their school years. We research formative and summative assessments and look into what tools other school districts are using so we can try get a better understanding of our students. However, it s...

August 30, 2011

A Picture Walk Through Gender Differences

When I taught first grade, I introduced a new book to my students during calendar time. The book was entitled First Snow by Caldecott Award Winner Emily Arnold McCully. It's a wordless picture book that I had never used before but I loved the illustrations. Pauline, the school librarian suggested I ...

August 25, 2011

Modern Family

"The first gave you a need for love; the second was there to give it" (Masse, 2007). A few weeks ago a reader told me to stay away from diversity because schools use it as a catch phrase and should avoid it because it is not our business. So in an effort to go where I do not belong, I wanted to wr...

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