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D-Ed Reckoning Comment: It’s Not Research’s Fault that Some Teachers Just Don’t Wanna

D-Ed Reckoning Comment: It’s Not Research’s Fault that Some Teachers Just Don’t Wanna

By on June 5, 2008

Based on a comment I wrote for a D-Ed Reckoning article, this post explains how it isn't that educational research that is at fault so much as those teachers not implementing what we know to work.

An Honors Student Does Not a Critical-Thinker Necessarily Make

An Honors Student Does Not a Critical-Thinker Necessarily Make

By on June 4, 2008

An honors student does not always a critical thinker make.

Make an Offer They Can’t Refuse

Make an Offer They Can’t Refuse

By on June 2, 2008

How does an administrator control the quality of their staff if the union won't let them transfer an ineffective teacher? According to The Washington Post, some unions are loosening up on their hold over administrator's rights.

Cheering on the Demise of One’s Own School

Cheering on the Demise of One’s Own School

By on May 31, 2008

In every school there is a teacher who actively cheers on the failings of his/her own school. When they walk by, it's like a wake of smog has engulfed you.

Writing Dialogue: or, How to Use Quotes Without Hurting Anyone

Writing Dialogue: or, How to Use Quotes Without Hurting Anyone

By on May 29, 2008

Here is my Powerpoint on How to Write Dialogue and How to Use Quotation Marks in dialogue.

Ed Tech is the new Home Ec and Shop

Ed Tech is the new Home Ec and Shop

By on May 27, 2008

McCain and Clinton don't mention Ed Tech in their educational policies. Obama merely mentions it in relations to Maths and Sciences. But Ed Tech is not the elite. It is the Home Ec and Shop classes for this generation.

Dave Saba Comment: “Alternative Programs for Teacher Credentialing”

Dave Saba Comment: “Alternative Programs for Teacher Credentialing”

By on May 24, 2008

Alternative Teacher Credential programs must be entertained, as do new ways to mentor new teachers.

Commencement Speeches 2008

Commencement Speeches 2008

By on May 20, 2008

Here is a list of graduation speeches that I find particularly wonderful. Enjoy!

Hey, you guuuuyyysss!!!

Hey, you guuuuyyysss!!!

By on May 19, 2008

Guess what’s back?!   Yes, indeed, the NY Times is reporting that “The Electric Company”, that hip how-to-read show set to a funky beat that became the background soundtrack to many a moment in my childhood, is back.

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

By on May 8, 2008

Here you will find more information about me and my upcoming conference sessions at the CCHE and FETC/CUE conferences

Building Confidence as Test Prep: Part II

Building Confidence as Test Prep: Part II

By on May 7, 2008

Here are some encouraging test prep words from my students.

Sometimes Scientific American is just so behind the times

Sometimes Scientific American is just so behind the times

By on May 5, 2008

This latest study from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is a supposedly landmark, but, frankly, it's a combination between Howard Gardner's basic theories and the card game, "Concentration."

Competition in Schools: Comment on Nancy Flanagan’s article

Competition in Schools: Comment on Nancy Flanagan’s article

By on April 30, 2008

In this article I comment on Nancy Flanagan's blog and give my own take on competition in the classroom.

Building Confidence as Test Prep

Building Confidence as Test Prep

By on April 29, 2008

 Well, CSTs are around the corner.  You can hear them coming from a mile away, huffing and puffing like an overweight uncle trying to keep up at a family picnic.  They burst onto the scene with great academic hysterics. We

It’s Time to Audit Education

It’s Time to Audit Education

By on April 24, 2008

he LA Times article "Calif Public Schools Seek Private Money Just to Cover the Basics" reports that families are being asked to pay for public school fundamentals. But shouldn't we find out where all the money is going first?

Joanne Jacobs article: “Odd Ducks”

Joanne Jacobs article: “Odd Ducks”

By on April 19, 2008

This is comment made to answer the question "Is there less room for odd ducks in today's schools?" as posed by Joanne Jacobs.

New teacher programs: their plate is already full

New teacher programs: their plate is already full

By on April 18, 2008

New teacher programs are clunky and redundant, asking more from the new teacher then their day-job does.

The New ELL?  Teachers and Technology Part I

The New ELL? Teachers and Technology Part I

By on April 15, 2008

Teachers in this generation are TLL (Tech Language Learners) and must evolve in their practices to view technology not as a crime but as a tool.

Career Sampling: Dave Saba comment

Career Sampling: Dave Saba comment

By on April 4, 2008

This is a response to Dave Saba's blog on the amount of careers an average 18-40 will have in their lifetime. Will it effect education? Maybe for the better.

Top Ten #9: Don’t Work for Free

Top Ten #9: Don’t Work for Free

By on March 29, 2008

This article expands on my Tip #9: Don't Work for Free. It explores our own responsibility as teachers in how we're not compensated for our true work hours.