With all the national attention and controversy surrounding the recently released movie Waiting for Superman, it's odd that those of us in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area who weren't part of any special early showing must wait for October 1 to see this film. I'm looking forward to watching the movie and writing a review for next week. So while I'm Waiting for October 1, and as I see all the controversy over this film and attack on public education, I realize that although the movie title may refer to George Canada's childhood disappointment that Superman was a fictional ...


"Wow! I see why you all enjoy teaching! This is tough work. But it's so rewarding. That was fun, but I'm tired! How do you do it?" These are actual words from professionals outside of education who have the kindness, courage, and dedication to teach a short, sometimes twenty minute, lesson about their jobs during Career Day. I've heard similar stories from parent volunteers in the classroom. As our guest speakers or volunteers would reflect on their brief teaching stint as they leave to go back to their jobs, I would just say something like, "Great! Well thanks for helping!" ...


The atmosphere is tense. I'm at Dulles International Airport and all flights are delayed due to afternoon thunderstorms. People are pacing back and forth, checking the flights status on their phones and airport monitors. Others resign themselves to the delay; power up their laptops, and bury themselves in screens of Word and Excel. Obviously, there are a lot of upset business travelers.I am not upset. I have my Apple iPad, a slim tablet-computing device, for entertainment. I launch Need for Speed: Shift a racing game that allows you to tilt the entire iPad as a steering wheel. Soon, I'm ...


You know it's going to happen. Yes, you're enjoying the first week of school. Your classroom of new students is a strange combination of shyness, excitement, curiosity, and nervous energy. You're reviewing your rules and procedures, everything is going as planned, or at least you think it is. You know the students are at their best behavior because you are a novelty to them, but you also know that some might be watching you very closely and quietly planning how to test that limit. You look around your classroom, and you realize it's the cleanest it will ever be for ...


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