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Arizona to Abolish Teacher Tenure

Arizona to Abolish Teacher Tenure

By on December 7, 2009

According to the Arizona Star, AZ is about to become the first state to eliminate teacher tenure entirely from its educational system.  AZ’s an interesting state.  They are definitely onto something with abolishing the time change thing.  Now THAT’S antiquated.

Open Letter to Obama – Facebook Campaign

Open Letter to Obama – Facebook Campaign

By on November 15, 2009

My fellow Teacher Leader Network colleague, Anthony Cody, recently began a Facebook campaign which has lit a fire in teachers from around the country. Open Letters to President Obama asks teachers to write a letter to our president and Secretary

The Neglected Field Trip & and Bridging the Achievement Gap

The Neglected Field Trip & and Bridging the Achievement Gap

By on October 11, 2009

When I think of my advanced students, a key element that sets them apart from their lesser-achieving peers are their life experiences, the education that they are getting in their off-time outside of school.

Projector Central article: How a Teacher Learned to Get Along with her Promethean Board

Projector Central article: How a Teacher Learned to Get Along with her Promethean Board

By on October 8, 2009

I recently reviewed the Promethean Board, and more specifically its projector, for Projector Central.  You can read the article here.

Imagine Magazine: Your Slice of the Multiple Intelligences Pie

Imagine Magazine: Your Slice of the Multiple Intelligences Pie

By on October 2, 2009

I’m a semi-regular contributor to Imagine Magazine, a print periodical published by Johns Hopkins University and marketed to Gifted Middle Schoolers.  The beauty of this magazine is in how it talks to kids.  It takes high-level concepts and delivers them

Obama’s Speech Update: As it turns out…

Obama’s Speech Update: As it turns out…

By on September 8, 2009

…nobody needed to worry about the contents of the speech, because our limited technology couldn’t stream the darn thing anyway! I just wish it hadn’t happened in front of the press. Yes, it’s true. 5 minutes before the start of

Obama’s Speech to the Schools (UPDATED)

Obama’s Speech to the Schools (UPDATED)

By on September 5, 2009

As we’ve all heard, President Obama is addressing the children of our schools on Tuesday, speaking about the value of education, and encouraging students to work hard. The White House has also included lesson plans that focus on listening comprehension

What Every 5th Grader REALLY Needs to Know

What Every 5th Grader REALLY Needs to Know

By on September 1, 2009

So I’ve become a Guy Kawasaki fan. It all started when I was searching for commencement day speeches for my Speech and Debate team to compete with. I found his “Hindsight”.

Arne Duncan and His Distance Learning Missive

Arne Duncan and His Distance Learning Missive

By on August 12, 2009

I read this article on August 8th with no real plans to write a post about it, but sometimes the content just sticks with a gal, you know? In The LA Times, “Swine Flue Won’t Mean School’s Out,” Education Secretary

Peter Walsh, OfficeMax, and me, Oh My!

Peter Walsh, OfficeMax, and me, Oh My!

By on August 8, 2009

So earlier this week, I was flown to Chicago to participate in a Webcast helping parents to organize their students for back to school. Sponsored by OfficeMax and hosted by Peter Walsh (of TLC’s Clean Sweep and Oprah fame), the

Dear Parents: What happens in the testing room?

Dear Parents: What happens in the testing room?

By on July 24, 2009

Dear Parents,  I’m going to walk you through what happens in a testing room to help demystify your child’s test taking experience.   First off, I’m told to take down anything from my walls that might help kids out.  That

Help!  Save schools from Massive Ed Tech Budget Cuts!

Help! Save schools from Massive Ed Tech Budget Cuts!

By on July 15, 2009

As a teacher concerned about the future of education, and as a blogger who has jumped whole-heartedly into an online collaborative existence as a means to help teach her students, I am astonished at the oxymoronic message coming for our

iPhone App Review: LendMe

iPhone App Review: LendMe

By on July 3, 2009

My husband actually found this app for me as a means to get me salivating for the iPhone G3.  He’s been pulling for it for awhile and trying to convince us to switch our plans to make it happen, so

Merit Pay Nickle-and-Diming

Merit Pay Nickle-and-Diming

By on May 20, 2009

Education Weekly is reporting that there can be negative consequences from some merit pay programs.  It cites evidence from the private sector, claiming that offerring extra compensation pay hasn’t worked in the past.  Yet ASCD Smartbrief is also reporting that “Obama

Teacher Evaluation meets Survivor

Teacher Evaluation meets Survivor

By on May 12, 2009

I’m not a big Survivor fan.  I mean, I really hate what the people become when pitted against each other.  So I don’t watch it…at least not on TV.  So when I read Scott McLeod’s post suggesting that school communities

Students, Sexting, and the threat to Ed Tech

Students, Sexting, and the threat to Ed Tech

By on April 19, 2009

Thanks to Scott McLeod for Twittering the following article from The Washington Post.  It describes a terrible ordeal that an administrator went through battling charges of “failure to report suspected child abuse” and potential child pornography after students were caught sexting on

Obama’s “Race to the Top”

Obama’s “Race to the Top”

By on April 10, 2009

So US News is reporting that President Obama and the educator leaning out of the sidecar, Arne Duncan, have created  “a $5 billion ‘Race to the Top’ fund for states that have made progress on the following fronts: 1) improving

Finding Your Own Theme in Life

Finding Your Own Theme in Life

By on March 20, 2009

I have an article in the new March/April issue of Imagine Magazine, put out by Johns Hopkins.  It’s a beautiful magazine, whose audience is gifted middle schoolers.  It’s always a pleasure to write for a middle school audience.  I can

A teacher’s duty?

A teacher’s duty?

By on March 20, 2009

So by now I assume we’ve all heard of the sanctioned “cage fighting” in a Dallas, TX school.  As AP reports, school officials apparently condoned the use of a steel cage in which students could bare-knuckle fight their way towards

The “Sweet Spot” in Interactive Whiteboards courtesy of Robert Marzano

The “Sweet Spot” in Interactive Whiteboards courtesy of Robert Marzano

By on March 9, 2009

CUE scored Marzano.   As he began his keynote presentation on Friday at the 2009 Computer Using Educators conference, Robert Marzano confessed that he had been slow on the tech bandwagon, only recently researching enough to see what all the