Tuesday, December 31, 2013

V.A.M.: Value Added Measure: Stardate 2014.1

V.A.M.: Value Added Measure: Stardate 2014.1:

Stardate 2014.1





One of Our Schools is Missing, Actually Several  
(A Jen Hogue Star Trek Parody)

Teacher's log, star date 2014.1.  A cosmic cloud of charters has been cataclysmically crowding  into the fringes of our public-school system.  The U.S.S. Enterprise, owing to its proximity to the core of the disturbance, has been sent by Starfleet command to investigate.  We are presently situated in the Eva "Success" System, which currently threatens Districts 1,3,7,12 and 30 in our Federation.
[Bridge]
SULU:  We should intercept the cloud of charters in the vicinity of  International HS.
SPOCK:  My instruments are measuring the cosmic cloud as extremely well-funded, I mean of enormous size. 
John D.O.E.:  (wearing a red shirt)  Look at its pretty colors. 
KIRK:  It is presently engulfing International HS.  Reading, Spock?
SPOCK:  Most curious, Captain.  It emits a peculiar mixture of gaseous chemicals,

HAPPY NEW YEAR - All You Need is Love


HAPPY NEW YEAR - All You Need is Love


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An Urban Teacher's Education: Life Lessons: 2013

An Urban Teacher's Education: Life Lessons: 2013:

Life Lessons: 2013



It's time, once again, to reflect on the things I've learned this past year, both in teaching and in life. 

In 2009, most of my learning was about the corruption and disgusting nature of gritty inner-city politics. In 2010, I spent a lot of time reflecting on what constitutes real, valuable, meaningful knowledge and how we go about acquiring that and passing it on. In 2011, my learning seemed to be all over the place - although much of it was about finding success in schools and democracy. And last year (here and here), I learned a lot about identity and how it influences the way we learn.

This year, much of my learning has been around health, creating healthy school environments, identifying the markers of unhealthy environments, and seeking to remedy them. 

Here they are:

1) "You cannot have an atmosphere of respect given an impossible task."

At the CES conference this past November in San Francisco, my colleagues and I were listening to Deborah Meier talk about the state of schools today. At one point, she noted, "You cannot have an atmosphere of respect given an impossible task."

Ms. Meier is right.

Most public education workers have been given an impossible task. It is easy to hide that it is an 

Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement"

Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement":




“Ways to Use Technology to Engage With Parents”
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DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Popular Posts of 2013!

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Popular Posts of 2013!:

Popular Posts of 2013!

Honestly, I have reached that age where I can't even remember what happened in 2013. Life has become a blur. The years are whizzing by! 

One of the highlights of 2013  was having the governor of Delaware visit our class to start off American Education Week. We had a Mystery Skype and he LOVED it! We need to show our politicians what we can do besides test!! 

"Now, here's what I need Gov.Markell!"
Another highlight was meeting our Spain pen pals via Skype. The kids were delighted to meet each other "in person!"

With the help of Blogger's page views, I can pinpoint my most viewed blogs of 2013.  I share those with you. And if you didn't get a chance to read them when they were written, now is your chance!

Enjoy and Happy New Year to the best audience ever! May 2014 bring you what you need, and, what you want!

Here are the Top 5 posts for 2013!:

"I Apologize": An Open Letter to My Students

Math Worksheets Land: A Different Kind of Worksheet

Teachers, Targets, and Test Scores

Digital Yes! Native No!: The Myth About Digital Natives

Bill Gates: Experienced Educator:$50 Million Dollars Doesn't Lie!

TWO RULES I WILL TRY TO FOLLOW FOR 2014: | Bill Ayers

TWO RULES I WILL TRY TO FOLLOW FOR 2014: | Bill Ayers:

TWO RULES I WILL TRY TO FOLLOW FOR 2014:

1). Break all the rules!
2). Go as fast as you can in the direction of your dreams until apprehended.
Join me! Make a New Year’s resolution!

Rulin’s from Woody Guthrie



And if you missed it, here are the legendary Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s resolutions, or “Rulin’s” as he called them from a journal entry dated Jan. 1, 1943 when he was 31. There’s some pretty decent advice on this list.
33. Wake Up And Fight
32. Make Up Your Mind
31. Love Everybody
30. Love Pete
29. Love Papa
28. Love Mama
27. Help Win War — Beat Fascism
26. Dance Better
25. Play And Sing Good
24. Send Mary And Kids Money
23. Have Company But Don’t Waste Time
22. Save Dough
21. Bank All Extra Money
20. Dream Good
19. Keep Hoping Machine Running
18. Stay Glad
17. Don’t Get Lonesome
16. Keep Rancho Clean
15. Learn People Better
14. Listen To Radio A Lot
13. Read Lots Good Books
12 Change Bed Clothes Often
11. Change Socks
10. Shine Shoes
9. Wear Clean Clothes
8. Write A Song A Day
7. Drink Very Scant If Any
6. Eat Good — Fruit — Vegetables — Milk
5. Take Bath
4. Shave
3. Wash Teeth If Any
2. Work By A Schedule
1. Work More And Better


Portland Public Schools teachers contract: Poll shows concerns for class sizes | OregonLive.com

Portland Public Schools teachers contract: Poll shows concerns for class sizes | OregonLive.com:

Portland Public Schools teachers contract: Poll shows concerns for class sizes

In the survey, class size won the most votes. Of 478 completed responses, 232 people -- or about 48 percent -- picked class size as the issue they cared most about.


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Dozens of community members rallied outside the district office to support teachers during ongoing contract negotiations.(Nicole Dungca/The Oregonian)

While both Portland Public Schools and its teachers union have touted recent progress in its drawn-out contract dispute, major issues still need to be resolved before an agreement is reached.
District officials in November declared an impasse, and teachers are now legally allowed to strike. Both sides are scheduled to meet Thursday and Friday for direct talks, followed by a bargaining session on the day students are scheduled to come back from winter break.
Early in December, we asked readers which issue mattered most to them in the Portland teachers contract, and nearly 500 responded.
We asked the question after examining the public messaging from both sides. 
The teachers union has been fighting to keep a contractual limitation on workload in the contract, arguing that it is necessary to keep class sizes down. But the district says that doesn't belong in a contract and has long been trying to eliminate the provision.
Meanwhile, the district says its contract proposal directly address issues of fair compensation, streamlined hiring and additional instructional time. 
So which issues mattered most to OregonLive readers?
In the survey, class size won the most votes. Of 478 completed responses, 232 people -- or about 48 percent -- picked class size as the issue they cared most about.

PPS CONTRACT TALKS

What Do Parents Want in Their Child’s School? | Connected Principals

What Do Parents Want in Their Child’s School? | Connected Principals:

What Do Parents Want in Their Child’s School?


Parentpost
What do parents want in their schools? A new national study of K-12 parents reveals some interesting clusters of opinion.
The Fordham Institute completed the research via an online survey of over 2000 parents in August of 2012. The results were disaggregated by the authors into six categories of school parents:
Pragmatists (36%)
These parents see the purpose of school as a passage to a career. College is not as important in their child’s future; they see school as a venue for their child (mostly boys) to gain the skills necessary to be successful.
Jeffersonians (24%)
Parents in this category want schools that “emphasize instruction in citizenship, democracy, and leadership”, the vision that Thomas Jefferson certainly had for public schools. What is interesting about this group is that these parents match the overall demographic of the survey.
Test-Score Hawks (23%)
The “Hawks” search for schools with the best test scores. They are not as concerned with school culture; they want their 

Nite Cap 12-31-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2


James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."


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