November 2007 Archives

A school librarian in New Jersey, fearing poor student research habits, has started a "Just Say No to Wikipedia" campaign. Scott McLeod of Dangerously Irrevelant calls it "a bunch of hooey" and an injustice to students....


Edublog has announced its nominees for the best education blogs in 2007, including the best teacher blog. Vote for your faves...


Mrs. T, an Iowa high school teacher and proprietor of the blog Chuchería, has a gripe we're seeing more and more of: That number of school-sanctioned breaks from class time—for class-ring presentions, pep rallies, athletic scholarship signings (!), etc.—has "gotten out of hand."...


Edu-tech guru Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach offers a fascinatingly personal post on how technology and cultural factors have affected reading styles. The upshot, in her view, is that we need to get over books as they are traditionally conceived: We need to understand that in a changing world, education can no longer stand still. If we want to remain relevant in the lives of our learners then we will need to use strategies and materials that fit their learning styles, not our own. Techno-constructivist methodology is the educational language today's learners understand and respond to best. Help provide opportunities for them to ...


Which state is the most teacher-friendly? Bill Ferriter makes a strong case for North Carolina....


Eduwonkette solicited readers to voice their distaste in Haiku form about Bloomberg's new report card on NYC public schools. Check out the 68 Haikus, in addition to other recent Eduwonkette blog posts that question the merit of the new grading system, including comparing it to the No Child Left Behind system....


Got education periodicals piling up on your desk? Don't stress. TLN's John Norton will read them for you....


California Teacher Guy has a moving post on an IEP meeting in which a mother and father learn that their struggling 13 year-old qualifies for services under the category of mental retardation: I am always amazed—and humbled—when I am privileged to witness parents receive devastating news with grace and dignity. The picture of Seth’s mother wiping away her bitter tears of disappointment and then doing what was best for her son will remain etched in my brain—and inscribed on my heart—forever....


In order to read Blue Skunk's blog, you need to have made it through junior high. Find out whether your blog's readability ranks closer to elementary or genius....


Mrs. Bluebird, who teaches in a military town, describes her middle school's moving Veterans Day ceremony, in which students who have a parent overseas were given special recognition. She notes that these kids, "in their own way," have served the country heroically as well: Because it sucks to be a middle schooler in the first place. But to be a middle schooler, with the added weight of having a parent serving overseas, and missing them and worrying about them, sucks even more....


Teacher-blogger Emmet Rosenfeld spent a year chronicling his work towards National Board certification. Now the results are in, and he's trying understand how he could have failed....


On Monday, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg released the results of a complex, A through F grading system for the city’s public schools, 12 percent of which received a D or F. (See: “50 New York Schools Fail Under Rating System," The New York Times) Eduwonkette dissects and criticizes the data that the New York City Department of Education, which Eduwonkette said is guilty of “statistical malpractice,” used in compiling the reports. Eduwonkette highlights what she says are five main flaws: the ignoring of measurement error, arbitrary grade distribution and cutoffs, discrepancies in 6-12 grade schools, poorly constructed ...


FYI. Eduwonkette is looking for cool teachers for a new weekly feature she's planning. Get details....


In spite of recent declarations to focus on the nation’s education agenda, the reauthorization of NCLB is at a standstill because no formal legislation has been introduced, according to The Washington Post. Polski3's View from Here ponders the implications of this gridlock: So, does this mean NCLB will continue as it currently is written? Does this mean that NCLB will not be funded for the 2007-08 fiscal year (or was it already funded by Congress for fiscal year 2007-08?) Is this action on part of the Senate Education Committee a way to kill NCLB? David Hoff of Education Week ...


The kids in Mister Teacher's science class seem to be having a little trouble with the concept of food chains....


In Teacher Leadership Today, John Norton, co-founder and moderator of the Teacher Leaders Network, reacts to recent reports of increasing numbers of poor children in public schools in the South: The causes are no surprise to those who live in the South, where the most important "export" has become factory jobs in textiles, furniture and other manufacturing. The "flat world" is flattening the southern economy, and rising unemployment and under-employment rates often mean hard times for families with school-aged children. The percentages are also affected by a shift to private school education among the South's more affluent parents, who are ...


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