Tag Archives: school reform

Does Being Happy at Work Matter?

Does Being Happy at Work Matter? An article with a similar title was recently published in the Harvard Business Review and it piqued my interest immediately. Let me explain why I retired last June after a 30-year career as a public school special education teacher because I despised my job. The same job that I had loved…
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8 Reasons why the implementation of tech in schools is so slow

[caption id="attachment_50016" align="alignleft" width="626"] (Flickr Creative Commons License)[/caption] "Change is inevitable. Growth is optional." John Maxwell  Schools that are not adjusting their teaching practices to incorporate technology are doing their students a tremendous disservice. Much of this comes from the top-down. If the administration is not supporting professional development and teachers are not being taught how…
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Common Core Pushed Me Out the Door

My departing words after a thirty-year career teaching special education in several public schools is this: Common Core pushed me out the door! I will be the first to admit, this may sound surprising and probably premature on my part - "retiring" (especially since I still have two of my own in college). But, I am leaving my…
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Who knew American education was for sale?

Who knew American education was for sale? The following two excerpts appeared in the Washington Post and basically bashed Bill Gates for buying the US Education System. The first article is an expose on how the Common Core was funded by the richest man in America and the second is by Diane Ravitch asking for Congress to investigate his actions. [caption…
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NOT – DONE WITH TESTING!

Update:  It is June 10th and I am still testing! Just finished the 7th-grade social studies "consortium test" that went from 7:55 until 10:40 for some students that needed extra time. Hope it was OK that I allowed those with "breaks given" during testing on their IEP's a few minutes to stretch... My 8th graders…
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STOP SUMMER SLIDE – 2014

Summer slide is a term that was coined by researchers at John Hopkins University who tracked students from 1st grade through age 22 in Baltimore, MD. Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward. According to the authors of a report from the National Summer…
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Live from ASCD 2014

Live from ASCD 2014 - During the first session, with the author of iPad for Dummies, Sam Gliksman, we were reminded that "Content was King" and learning was top down. In a nutshell, Sam talked about recent brain studies that show learning through technology as a very different process. Yet, we continue to force children…
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