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    Apples

    Mrs. O’Reilly opened her teacher manual to the next lesson in the approved sequence. It was time to confront multiplication of proper fractions.  Before the kids left for home the day before, she had informed them that they would each need to bring an apple to class. “Hands-on, real-life application of mathematical processes,” she announced, reading precisely from her script. Her overzealous fifth graders and their parents now arrived in their family sports cars and luxury sedans. Mother ...

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    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Thursday, 25 May 2017
  • Artificial Stupidity

    Facebook absolutely insists on showing me "top stories." Every time I open the Facebook page, I have to manually switch back to "most recent," because even though the Facebook Artificial Smartitude Software thinks it knows what I most want to see, it can't figure out that I want to see the "most recent" feed. Mostly because the Facebook software is consistently wrong about what I will consider Top News. Meanwhile, my Outlook mail software has decided that I should now have the option of Focus ...

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    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Wednesday, 24 May 2017
  • Sensei!

    Champions in school, champions at life. Respect. Thank you to our Sensei, master teacher for teaching us never-ending, continual improvement. “Kai Zen!” Karate classes, taught by Sensei, extraordinary meshing of kids and Instructor. Listen to the children with me, powering up their spirits with the sound of “Kiai”, sounds like kee-eye. Here we go! Outfits on, belts tied, spirits soaring. Saying no to bullies, but more than that. Ready to enhance balance, build muscle tone, follow direction ...

    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Sunday, 21 May 2017
  • Foundation of Social-Emotional Learning

    Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, "Make me feel important."  (Mary Kay Ash) In educational circles today, I hear a lot about social and emotional skills, social and emotional learning, and so forth. Foundational for preschoolers to learn how to relate to the people around them and to begin to regulate themselves is a feeling of being valued and valuable. All children in our classes want to feel valued; they want to know (with the heart not the head) someo ...

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    by R Scott Wiley | @sxwiley
    Wednesday, 17 May 2017
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    Is There a Pill?

    "Mr. President, the pilot has announced he will be landing the plane in Dallas in ten minutes." "You know, I don't have a good feeling about this. Tell the pilot to turn the plane around and head back to Washington. Okay?" Such was a typical exchange between me and Luke, an eighth-grade special needs student. He usually provided the set up leaving me to improvise some witty response. Genuinely entertained and fully understanding my comeback, he did what any junior high student would do: he g ...

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    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Tuesday, 16 May 2017
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Back to School: Recovering the Passion To Make a Difference

Gail Connelly with Former U.S Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch

pic Historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch travels the nation speaking to educators and says that the depth of discouragement in the field is at an all time high. Why are so many educators demoralized? More importantly, how can those who feel this way recover their passion to make a difference? Diane offers some great advice.
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