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August 24, 2011

Verbal Communication

Note: Erik Palmer, an author from Denver, Colorado is a guest blogger today. Haphazard. That word best describes our approach to teaching speaking. Yes, every teacher at every grade level in every subject has oral language activities: discussions, book reports, research presentations, Socratic ...

August 21, 2011

Drop Outs Don't Drive

Once a month I do parenting segments with Subrina Dhammi and education segments with Elaine Houston on WNYT which is the NBC affiliate in Albany, NY. Subrina approached me a few weeks ago about new legislation being introduced in New York State and wanted to do a news segment on it. It was entitled ...

August 18, 2011

The Accidental Teacher: An Interview With Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson

"The high stakes test culture runs almost totally counter to what we know about how people learn. It causes us to engage in professional malpractice on a regular basis." Carol Ann Tomlinson There is nothing better than watching high-quality instruction. Seeing students engaged with their teacher, ...

August 17, 2011

Helping Students Deal with the Loss of a Parent

"Approximately 1 in 20 children experience the loss of a parent before they reach the age of 18" (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1990). We have many students who are confronted with the loss of a parent, whether it's through drugs, alcohol, accidents, suicide, disease or war. Although it is a sad subje...

August 11, 2011

The Stigma of Special Education

After the blog I wrote about safeguarding LGBT students a few weeks ago I heard from many readers. However, Christine, a special education teacher from Minnesota said, "Many of my students are also ostracized because of their behavior, socialization style or lack of style, and/or learning difficulti...

August 09, 2011

Truth, Beauty and Goodness: an Interview with Dr. Howard Gardner

We live in an increasingly complicated world. Some of us have a moral compass that is shaped by our experiences. We all have our own opinions on what truth, beauty and goodness means. However, we also meet people who have diverse opinions of those three virtues and thus problems ensue. Our society...

August 08, 2011

How Do We Become Career and College Ready?

"Students should certainly think about what they read, but they should read something worth thinking about" (Ravitch, 2010, p. 20). 21st century skills is a common topic of discussion these days so I decided to use my 21st century skills and do a search on career and college readiness. The searc...

August 04, 2011

Pyrotechnics on the Page!

"Atheism is a non-prophet institution" (Fletcher, 2010, p.43). I'm a huge fan of children's literature. Some of my friends get star-struck when they see celebrities but I get tongue-tied when I meet children's authors that I admire. I met Tomie dePaola at a Society of Children's Book Writers and...

August 02, 2011

Struggling Learners and the Factors That Interfere

As a former struggling learner, I know that there are factors that interfere in a student's academic progress. Those factors cover many different areas and some students can have more than one of the factors working against them. However, for educators to know how to solve the puzzle for struggling ...

July 31, 2011

No Administrator Left Behind

"When the principal sneezes, the whole school catches a cold. This is neither good nor bad; it is just the truth. Our impact is significant; our focus becomes the school's focus" (Whitaker, 2003, p.30). We know, as administrators, we set the tone in our buildings or districts. Some of us set a ...

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