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    Teaching Changes: The Next Frontier

    Teaching Changes: The Next Frontier
    PBS recently offered a program titled "Growing Up Online"* an attempt to provide greater understanding of today's youth. A sociological exploration, if you will, into a generation that never knew corded telephones, typewriters, a library card catalog, or UHF television. A demographic that can't recall a pre-Internet world. A group we hope is being built on the notion of working smarter, ...
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    Big Ideas for Education

    Big Ideas for Education
    Big Ideas for Education is part of the Landmark Project created by David Warlick. The purpose of the site is to collect “priority actions that might be taken by a new Department of Education that would promote shifts in education that are relevant to today’s students and their future.” After ideas have been collected, the submitted statements will be linked according ...
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    Teaching Earth Day to the Next Generation

    Teaching Earth Day to the Next Generation
    Melting polar ice caps, vanishing forests, violent storms, species extinction, pollution, global warming, climate change, carbon footprint...if all of these terms have a dreadful meaning for adults, imagine the disheartening effect that they have on our students. One of the dismal effects of the environmental crisis is that many of us feel a sense of helplessness caused by the enormous complexity ...
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    Should Education be About Common Sense and Instinct?

    Should Education be About Common Sense and Instinct?
    In this high tech, political, and cerebral world that we live in, imagine for a second what it would be like if schools were run based on common sense and instinct. I had this revelation while walking our 100-lb, 3-legged Akita, Maximillian the other day. Stay with me, there is a connection. Max could be thought of as a phoenix rising ...
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    A Nation Still at Risk: Real Education Reform Needed Now

    A Nation Still at Risk: Real Education Reform Needed Now
    In 1983 the landmark publication of the report A Nation at Risk seemed to shake our nation from its slumber regarding the scary truth about education in America. It detailed how there were serious problems in schools in this country and recommended fixes for what ailed schools. Unfortunately, twenty-eight years later there are still many things that are wrong in education, ...
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    Charting a Path to National Standards

    Charting a Path to National Standards
    Many an education blogger is suffering through a sagging jaw over Gates Foundation convening. On the whole, the Gates meeting was a reiteration of the Foundation's mission, pledging to strengthen high school and get more students college ready. As I hoped for, the issue of teacher quality has been added to the agenda. But for the most part, the Gates Foundation ...
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    How to Combat Spring Fever at School

    How to Combat Spring Fever at School
    Rare would be the teacher who is not affected by spring fever during the month of April. Your restless students are certainly no exception. Instead of trying (probably in vain) to fight the phenomenon, spend a little extra time planning lessons that will make class enjoyable for your students during this time. Here are some suggestions to consider: • Be careful ...
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    Getting Through February Without Poking Yourself in the Eye

    Getting Through February Without Poking Yourself in the Eye
    Oh man, is it FEBRUARY or what?! It's cold, it's gray, there's probably way too much indoor recess going on (which results in too many horrific afternoons) and those days where you just want to pop in a movie and sit quietly in the back of your classroom and, I don't know, file things quietly, are happening WAY too often. PLUS, ...
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    Dear Mr. President: It's Quality Not Quantity

    Dear Mr. President: It's Quality Not Quantity
    According to MSNBC’s article More school? Obama could trim summer break, the President wants schools to have longer classes, longer days, and have students on weekends. I have said this before and I’ll say it again, though many might disagree with me. It is about Quality, not Quantity! It seems like so many non-educators think if we stuff kids in classes ...
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    Five Musts for a Productive New Semester

    Five Musts for a Productive New Semester
    Winter break is a great time for educators to sit back and relax. It's much deserved vacation time for teachers, principals, counselors and other school employees. When break is over, it's time to think about how to start the last half of the school year refreshed and renewed. It's a time to reflect and begin with new focus to make the ...
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    The Teacher Olympics

    The Teacher Olympics
    I'm sitting here, comfortable on my couch with a fire going and my kitty by my side, watching the women's Olympic skiing. A little honesty here, I am absolutely okay with watching a workout DVD like it is a movie (complete with popcorn and maybe a soda) from deep inside my favorite easy chair. This is a skill I have been ...
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    Moving On from Reading First

    Moving On from Reading First
    What comes next for Reading First? Do we accept that the law is finished with, and prepare to move on? Do we fight the good fight, hoping that saner heads will prevail? Or do we look for new ways to ensure that the foundations and goals of the law continue, well after the funding dries up? There is little doubt that ...
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    Should Teachers Be Experts?

    Should Teachers Be Experts?
    In Learner experts or Content experts? from Technology Teacher, fivbert begins by asking, “Should teachers be Experts in Knowledge of their Subject Matter or Experts in How to Teach Students?” and finishes by stating, “Teachers should be facilitators of learning, Information Facilitators, not just Information Dispensers.” This reminded me of the many times that my students thought (and expected) that ...
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    Eight Great Gifts for Teachers (and Three to Avoid)

    Eight Great Gifts for Teachers (and Three to Avoid)
    What is teacher appreciation? It is not a catalog full of useless crap covered in empty slogans. I am reminded that even well-meaning friends and family have historically seemed married to the idea that all teachers want is tchotchkes that say "#1 Teacher" and "We Love Teachers". So as a service to the friends, family, students and colleagues of teachers, I ...
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    5 Ways to Join Forces With Colleagues

    5 Ways to Join Forces With Colleagues
    Some teachers have described their professional lives as lonely. They describe what it is like to go into their classroom full of young people and then not talk to another adult until lunch or the end of the day. While it is true that we spend our days in the company of children, it is more important than ever that we ...
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    'One Voice' Calls Teachers to Unite in Education Activism

    'One Voice' Calls Teachers to Unite in Education Activism
    What can one teacher do? Let his or her voice be heard. What can an international network of teachers do? Unite and let their “One Voice” be heard, declaring solutions for education in their countries, based on their collective experience and wisdom. This was the take-home message from the One Voice International Conference and Forum for Educators, which Teaching staff attended ...
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    2008 Presidential Candidates On Education Reform

    2008 Presidential Candidates On Education Reform
    Know Where Your Man (or Woman) Stands on Education? White House hopefuls are divided on the federal government's role in education as Congress considers changes to President Bush's signature schools law, the No Child Left Behind Act, and how to make college affordable. Candidate positions on education were compiled by Ledyard King of Gannett News Service, The Des Moines Register and ...
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    Some States to Refuse Stimulus Funding for Education

    Some States to Refuse Stimulus Funding for Education
    For quite some time, we have heard how the federal economic stimulus package was essential to stabilizing our nation's economy... and our nation's schools. Nearly $800 billion in new funding, with almost 10 percent of that designated for K-12 and higher education needs, is now being readied for implementation. In our K-12 schools in particular, we've heard how such funds are ...
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    5 Things I Would Change about Education

    5 Things I Would Change about Education
    1. I would like to see teachers teach students according to their individual needs. I don’t mean just special education students but I mean all students. I think we need to go back to the one room school house mentality and start teaching students at the level they are at in ways that they can learn so they can be successful ...
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    Obama's Effect on Inner City Students

    Obama's Effect on Inner City Students
    As I walked to my school in the heart of the inner city the day after the election, I saw a sign that the day before, had GUNZ tagged on it, and it had been painted over to read OBAMA! Today, I saw a billboard that had previously been completely defaced with graffiti, covered over with posters of Obama, with “Change” ...
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