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October 25, 2011

I Failed Recess...Because I Don't Play!

Growing up with four older siblings was always interesting. At a young age I learned how to share, and privacy was non-existent until a few older siblings got married and moved out of the house. My brother Jody is three years older, although everyone thinks he's younger, and we spent a great deal ...

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 19, 2011

What Politicians Teach Our Students

Over the past few decades we have seen politicians who make us proud and others who make us want to hide our heads in shame. The more we watch the news the more it seems as though our politicians are disconnected from the people who voted them into office. As many people suffer during these tough e...

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 12, 2011

Child Abuse In Our School Community

We have a population of students who can't wait to get to school every day. They wish our days were longer, watch the clock tick every minute, and do not want to go home. It's not that they love reading, math, science or social studies so much that they want to stay in our schools long into the nigh...

October 10, 2011

Media Stereotypes, LGBT Youth and a Documentary Worth Watching

"While in my childhood the values of social justice and equity were instilled, I received no messages suggesting gays and lesbians were deserving of just and equitable treatment" (Roper, 2005, p. 82). On Thursday, a documentary created by a young woman named Morgan Wilcock won Best Documentary in ...

October 08, 2011

A Framework for Good Teaching: a Conversation with Charlotte Danielson

"I believe that one of the reasons my framework has become so widely accepted is that it gives voice to what all educators know, that teaching is very complex work, it's a thinking person's job and you cannot follow a cookbook." Charlotte Danielson What makes good teaching? Critics and reformers b...

October 06, 2011

Do Administrators Run the Risk of Losing Touch with Students?

"Communication doesn't have to mean reinventing the wheel." Typically, most administrators spent time as a classroom teacher. Some of them may have taught for two or three years, while others may have taught for a decade or more. For a variety of reasons they decided to leave the classroom in orde...

October 04, 2011

What Great Educators Do Differently: A Conversation with Todd Whitaker

"The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day." Todd Whitaker Educators have read a great deal of philosophical literature in their careers. They are inundated with it at the college level, and many educational books...

September 30, 2011

Urban Education: Issues and the Future

Today's guest blog is written By Michael Albertson. Michael is a music teacher in large high school in New York City Educators in urban settings deal with unique challenges not necessarily faced by their colleagues in less-populated areas. This is not to say that working in a city school is more "...

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