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  • National Teacher Appreciation Week: Thank you

      “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine When you work in a school district every day is Teacher Appreciation Day! Our students depend upon these brave, courageous, innovative, creative, and inspirational women and men all across the district who - every day - Engage, Inspire, Empower - and facilitate learning for our most precious community assets - our students! Annually during the first week in May we honor and ...

    by Michael Lubelfeld
    Monday, 27 April 2015
  • The Common Core: Are We Talking Apollo 11 or HealthCare.gov?

    Last July 20 we celebrated the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11's giant leap for mankind. I remember watching Neil Armstrong's and Buzz Aldrin's historic moonwalk on a black and white TV in a motel in Alamogordo, N.M. I was 12 and had grown up watching launches and splashdowns of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Dinner conversations included my dad explaining the fire and door failure that killed the Apollo 1 astronauts and my mom explaining how returning capsules had to enter the atm ...

    by August Merz III
    Sunday, 26 April 2015
  • Can Motivation Be Embedded into the Lesson Plan?

    If someone asked me about my most frustrating teaching moments, I would not have to think twice; nothing can be more discouraging than a group of bored students, doing something only because they are told to do it. At the same time, if asked about my worst experience as a student, I get the same image of a boring lecture or activity, with my mind starting to wander elsewhere, thinking of what I will be doing after... In either case, personally, I strongly believe that it ...

    by Tsisana Palmer
    Sunday, 26 April 2015
  • Hi, Mrs. Smith. This is Zack's teacher...

    Dear Annie, I just got a call from my son's math teacher. She says he's consistently goofing off in class and distracting other students. I've gotten similar calls from other teachers. How can I impress upon him that this isn't OK? – Embarrassed Mom When it comes to teaching kids to be good people (our #1 parenting job), we repeat ourselves... a lot. That's due, in part, to the fact that young skulls are thick and young minds are often distracted. We continue harping on the rules becau ...

    by Annie Fox
    Friday, 24 April 2015
  • active learning - joy

    Learning: What’s Joy Got to Do with It?

     Music educator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950) claimed that joy is the most powerful of all mental stimuli. It’s an interesting contention, especially considering the many non-joyful stories I hear from educators and parents. Stories about children crying over tests. Children with so much homework that there’s little time for anything else, let alone joy, in their lives. Children discouraged by schooling as early as kindergarten. Children stressed out, burned out, acting out, and droppi ...

    by Rae Pica
    Tuesday, 21 April 2015
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