An English teacher's nightmare: Out for a walk recently, Hobo Teacher noticed a sign in front a shop displaying the quotation “To be, or not to be”—signed Anonymous! On inquiry, he discovers that prioprietor just forgot the source of the quote and didn't bother to look it up. Where has he seen this attitude before? Yep. That sounds about right. Those are my students—rather making the slightest effort to be accurate, just slap something up there. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a conversation with a student after they failed an essay, and ...


Doug Noon tries to explain to his middle school students—and himself—why they have to take standardized tests. The response he gets when he mentions that all students are expected to pass the tests by 2014 is notable: Loud guffaws and unsolicited comments broke out all around. ......


Running up against motivation issues in the classroom, Assistive Principles wonders why some groups of students are more driven than others. I've been working all school year with lower-income seventh and eighth graders who, were it not for the constant prodding by the school staff, couldn't be bothered to walk upright let alone learn anything. For a year now, Assistive Principles says he has worn the district’s scarlet letter for making a comment that led his co-workers to think he "didn't believe that all kids could be successful." Though he can’t recall making the comment, he does hope ...


Robert Pondiscio of The Core Knowledge Blog reports that the drawn-out, nationally-reported battle over evolution and science teaching in Texas has prompted state legislators to consider taking away the Board of Education’s power to set curricula and approve textbooks. Those duties would instead be handled by the state education agency, a legislative board, or the commissioner of education....


NYC educator finds it difficult to muster much sympathy for well-to-do families who, because of the recession, are now having to consider sending their children to--the shame!--public schools. Maybe now, he suggests, more people will realize how important good public schools are to a neighborhood....


Will Richardson writes that, with the growth of interactive technology and virtual communities, kids today will lead lives that are far more transparent than most adults are accustomed to. In light of this, he says, educators need to a better job of modeling effective transparency and public interaction in their own lives: The fact that they are veritably “un-googleable” in terms of finding anything they have created and shared and perhaps collaborated with others on troubles me on a number of levels. First, I can’t see for myself whether or not they are learners. And, almost more importantly, I ...


Hobo Teacher has a teaching nightmare - all the more frightening, he says, because it was pretty much just like his regular job....


In a quest for new ideas, Ms. Yingling is taking an informal survey of school libraries. Hat Tip: Teacherninja....


Scott McLeod of Dangerously Irrelevant is interested, like most of us, in staying informed about the economic crisis. In his latest blog post, he pours through data and provides charts from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics about layoffs and growing and shrinking job markets. The information, he finds, says a lot about high schools and what they should be teaching. Among McLeod’s findings: -The percentage of unemployed people with “Less than a high school diploma” is more than double that of people with “Bachelor’s degree or higher.” -Labor industries like construction and agriculture are facing the ...


Bill Ferriter addresses the eternal question - well, it has come up occasionally around here, anyway - of whether it's snobbish or arrogant not to follow everyone who's following you on Twitter. For his part, he chooses to follow only a select number of people, and thinks that's perfectly in keeping with the function of the tool (especially for educators): After all, I'm trying to learn from the people that I'm following, and that's hard to do when good ideas are buried under piles and piles of messages. My decision to follow a small handful of people--instead of everyone who ...


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