April 2009 Archives

The weather is gorgeous, the flowers are blooming and the porch chair is more compelling than my desk chair. Like my students, I am yearning to be outside. In two days it’s May, it’s May, the month of “Yes, you may . . . open your test booklets and begin.” OK, that’s not really accurate because we do our testing on-line. But whether it’s paper and pencil or on-line, testing now dominates April and/or May for most schools. We need those tests. They provide verification of learning for students, parents, teachers, school policymakers and all other school stakeholders. ...


"It doesn't matter how poor, how tough the family background [or] socioeconomic challenges," Duncan said. "Where students have longer days, longer weeks, longer years -- that's making a difference." Humm…… So the best school would be one that meets 24/7? Is more better or is it just more? I find this interesting because just a week ago I was looking at The Washington Post Magazine Education Review which is a popular advertising venue for private schools. You know what? Not one of those private school ads marketed “longer days, longer weeks and longer school years.” Nor did they tout “data...


As Colleague and Mentor Program coordinator for my school, I love working with new teachers. The only problem is that I don’t get much business because we don’t have much turnover. When teachers leave our school, it’s usually because they are moving, pregnant or retiring. I barely make the top 10 senior-teacher list in terms of tenure with a mere 21 years. But at 58, I easily make the top five in terms of age. I have this weird sensation that theNational Commission on Teaching and America’s Future has been reading my mind. While they may ...


According to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, new research done at Cornell explains that The income–achievement gap is a formidable societal problem…. We show that childhood poverty is inversely related to working memory in young adults. Furthermore, this prospective relationship is mediated by elevated chronic stress during childhood. (Gary Evans and Michelle Shamberg) Their work adds to the body of knowledge of research on poverty and learning which addresses the concern that There is a gulf between low and middle Socioeconomic status (SES) children in their performance on just about every test of ...


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