Mrs. Bluebird vents her frustration about parents too busy with video games to focus on their kid's lunch. One student, who she nicknamed "Lunch Boy," walks with her in the front of the line to the cafeteria every day, only he doesn't buy lunch. It appears that his mom is too busy playing video games to pack a meal or give her kid lunch money. And the Lunch Boy will make comments about his mom playing video games. "Oh Mom was busy playing World of Warcraft again yesterday," he'll say. "She's too busy playing on the computer to give me ...


Mister Teacher dreads returning to school after Thanksgiving, as he skeptically expects his students to have completely neglected their homework assignment from the break. Sound familiar? I sent these flip books home with the kids over break and told them that their homework was to cut out pictures from newspapers, magazines, store fliers, whatever that showed examples of 3-D shapes in real life. They were to glue these pictures inside their flip books and then bring them back for display. It will be very interesting to see how many flip books I get back tomorrow. I have to say, I'm ...


Robert Pondiscio of the Core Knowledge Blog writes about a Florida teacher's argument that schools won't improve until they create separate classes "for those who don't care to learn or can't, or won't, let anyone else learn." He suggests this New York Times editorial in response, wondering what she would say about it....


Over at I Thought a Think, Ryan chimes in about states moving in to take over underperforming schools in order to be eligible for Race to the Top funds. "Show me a broken school, and I'll show you broken kids. The question is, when did the cracks begin, and for both, how do you start the repairs?"...


Will Richardson explains that, when it comes to understanding the impact that social media technologies could have on teaching and learning, there are at least three different levels of "getting it." George Lucas, for example, is at Level 3. Where are you?...


Mei Flower thinks the world history curriculum she has to teach moves just a little too quickly. Good thing the Englightenment wasn't all that important....


Somehow I'm doubtful that this is the kind of incentive that most teachers would recommend parents give to students....


Nancy Flanagan reports on a screening of "The Providence Effect" and a related panel discussion on charter schools. She comes away (in both cases) skeptical of the "campaign-style" bravado: Charter World is an interesting place, with different beliefs, incentives and catch phrases than Public School World. It would be a shame to lose the opportunity to do something truly different with charter schools, relying instead on rhetorical flourishes and empty myths....


Applying his own precept that pundits should be paid on the basis of performance, Claus von Zastrow of Public School Insights determines that, on the evidence of his recent articles on education, NewsWeek writer Jonathan Alter's salary should be docked--and indeed, that he should even be facing termination. Not sure he was expecting Alter himself to show up in his comments section, though. ... At any rate, it's a good back-and-forth. Hat tip: Pondiscio....


Ed Tech expert Scott McLeod offers 10 random questions that schools should be considering in connection with books and libraries. A sample: If students and teachers now can be active content creators and producers, not just passive information recipients, doesn't that redefine our entire notion of what it means to be information literate and media fluent? Are our librarians and classroom teachers doing enough to help students master these new literacies (for example, by focusing on student content creation, not just information consumption and/or interpretation)?...


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