January 2014 Archives

This was, without a doubt, the most challenging moment of my teaching career. If I were not so panicked, I might have appreciated the metaphor of being dumped on.


California's voters may be overruled by the courts, if reformers Eli Broad and David Welch have their way. These billionaires have funded a new non-profit called Students Matter to fight the battle. The lawsuit claims that students are harmed when their teachers have due process and seniority protections.


Our current US secretary of education, sadly, has shown little capacity to accept blame or take criticism for much of anything, but is a master of deflection. With Arne Duncan, time and again, the buck stops not here, but over there.


Let's take the Common Core, one of the projects that the Department of Education has been actively promoting for the past four years. How have philanthropists like Bill Gates influenced the creation and advance of this project


Just yesterday, within the span of three hours, I had multiple conversations with parents who are at a loss for how their elementary school children are reacting to school and school work.


We are moms, from all across Colorado, with different backgrounds and political beliefs, coming together, in most cases, as strangers, because we oppose Common Core.


Now Newark, New Jersey, is exploding, thanks to the attempts at intimidation by Governor Christie's hand-picked superintendent of schools, Cami Anderson.


Last week, California's state superintendent of education Tom Torlakson casually mentioned something that could have huge implications for students and teachers.


When I saw that the AHA and the NCHE endorsed the new standards on the inside cover, I saw red. This can't be, I told myself, are these two proud organizations selling out?


High-stakes tests complement standards-based education. As our state has implemented testable objectives in virtually every subject area, it has intentionally shifted the instructional style of teachers to one that is always measurable.


Should there be limits on the proportion of special education students in regular ed classrooms? This Chicago teacher thinks so. Guest post by Michelle Gunderson. Every child who enters my first classroom is treated with dignity and respect and learning takes place in an atmosphere of joy. Children with special needs are supported through a matrix of services with other professionals. Most of the work, though, is done solely by me, the classroom teacher. I repeat directions, use visual clues, check often for understanding, reduce assignments, provide sensory breaks along with a host of other modifications and accommodations. How is ...


Let's start with kids. For them, respect is as important as motivation, often more so. I am not talking about their respect for teachers. They respect those who respect them.


If we push play to the margins of the early childhood learning as Coleman proposes that we do, to make room for nonfiction literacy and mathematics, children will "have fewer opportunities to rehearse for adult life,"


I went to an LAUSD training on the Common Core State Standards in November, and after the training I had many more concerns about the intent of the standards, the educational appropriateness of the implementation of the standards, and the standards themselves than I did before I walked in the door.


Today, Politico offers an analysis of conservative's organized opposition to the Common Core which points out that the end game for many of these Koch-funded groups is total annihilation of public education


I believe K12 Inc. targets poor communities and economically struggling regions; they are easily influenced because they are desperately seeking alternatives to devastatingly under-funded schools.


How far will schools go to prepare for Common Core tests? From a teacher in Chicago, I received the following memo, delivered to faculty this week.


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