Sunday, September 7, 2014

Nite Cap 9-7-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT



James Baldwin said it best: 

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


A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAP




– Evidence Says That Students Do Better In Schools With Strong Teachers’ Unions
– Evidence Says That Students Do Better In Schools With Strong Teachers’ Unions: Evidence Says That Students Do Better In Schools With Strong Teachers’ UnionsAUTHOR: WES WILLIAMS SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 4:36 PMIn the current anti-union climate in the U.S., there may not be any group of unions that has been singled out for more criticism than teachers’ unions. Unions such as the National Education Associ
9-7-14 Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement"
Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement": “Homework Helper: Math Tips for the Common Core”Homework Helper: Math Tips for the Common Core is a series of short videos designed to help parents understand…math and the Common Core. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Talking To Parents About The Common Core Standards. Thanks to Valerie Strauss for the tip.2 by Larry
empathyeducates – ‘Helicopter Parenting’ Hysteria
empathyeducates – ‘Helicopter Parenting’ Hysteria: ‘Helicopter Parenting’ HysteriaPhotograph Credit; Shutterstock _Film Grain FilterBy Alfie Kohn | Originally Published at Huffington Post. September 4, 2014 4:50 PM EDTHelicopter parents of college-age children are the folks we love to hate. A steady stream of articles and blog posts bristle with indignation over dads who phone the dean about a tri
Tide Turning Against @TeachForAmerica?: Does Popular=Good | Cloaking Inequity
Tide Turning Against @TeachForAmerica?: Does Popular=Good | Cloaking Inequity: Tide Turning Against @TeachForAmerica?: Does Popular=GoodIs everything that is popular good? or good for you? Today’s Twitter blast includes the locations where @TeachForAmerica funding has recently been cut and/or they’ve been kicked out. Burgers, fries, chips. lard, donuts, meth etc. are all very popular, but not so g
Politics, Cancer, CCSS, Teachers, Children and Voting | Reclaim Reform
Politics, Cancer, CCSS, Teachers, Children and Voting | Reclaim Reform: Politics, Cancer, CCSS, Teachers, Children and VotingPosted on September 7, 2014by Ken PrevitiThe extremism masked as governmental reform is nearly beyond the realm of sanity. The simple propaganda of repeating something over and over again in TV ads to the voting public is overwhelming logic and sanity.The governor’s race in
9-6-14 Wait What? - In the New York Democratic Primary: It is Governor Andrew Cuomo vs. Zypher Teachout
Wait What?: In the New York Democratic Primary:  It is Governor Andrew Cuomo vs. Zypher TeachoutThis coming Tuesday, Zypher Teachout, the liberal Fordham University law professor is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo. Like Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy, Governor Cuomo supported some progressive causes like gay marriage and gun control.  But, also like Malloy, Cuomo has championed corporate welfare p
School as a Fairy Tale | Connected Principals
School as a Fairy Tale | Connected Principals: School as a Fairy Taleby dkerr • September 7, 2014 • 0 CommentsSo for those of you who have seen me over the past few weeks, you know that I’ve been pretty excited. Not only about the year that we’ve just begun, but about the journey that we’ve embarked on as a school that will span the next 4 to 5 years. With our new strategic plan, our new mission a
Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog 9-7-14
Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog: Stop and Seize: How Aggressive Policing is Taking the Property of Those Never Charged with CrimesMany of you in periods 5 and 6 read The New Jim Crow this summer.  Here are two must-read and watch pieces that underscore and illustrate even more acutely the use and impact of asset seizure and forfeiture as explained by author Michelle Alexander in Chapter 2, "The Lo
It Takes Practice to Become This Kind of a Rainbow | Life at the Intersections
It Takes Practice to Become This Kind of a Rainbow | Life at the Intersections: IT TAKES PRACTICE TO BECOME THIS KIND OF A RAINBOWSEPTEMBER 7, 2014 BRETT DICKERSONMy students are from lots of places: Columbia, Guatemala, Mexico, Vietnam, South Korea, China, and Taiwan this year. The mix is always changing. My two classes are adult-ed, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.I am lucky to have s
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 9-7-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: AFTER RUNNER-UP FINISH IN STATE RACE, GUTIERREZ TAKING ON VLADOVIC + LAUSD board candidate repudiates statements of ex-aide over willingness to fire Deasyby Michael Janofsky, LA School Report | http://bit.ly/1w4tDSu Posted on September 3, 2014 11:57 am   ::  The LA Unified school board president, Richard Vladovic, is no longer running uncontested for hi
9-7-14 All NEW Living in Dialogue - Wayne Au Tangles with the Gates-Funded Education Lab Journalism Project
Home - Living in Dialogue: Wayne Au Tangles with the Gates-Funded Education Lab Journalism ProjectBy Anthony Cody. In August, Louisiana teacher and investigative reporter Mercedes Schneider wrote about the dangers of having education journalism directly funded by the Gates Foundation. This morning, she followed up that post with another, pointing out that while it sounds benign to “focus on succes
Not All My Teacherfolk Are My Kinfolk | The Jose Vilson
Not All My Teacherfolk Are My Kinfolk | The Jose Vilson: Not All My Teacherfolk Are My Kinfolk SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 JOSE LEAVE A COMMENTTiffanie Drayton’s open letter to the Staten Island teachers who wore NYPD t-shirts on the first day of school ought to be printed and passed around in every staff meeting:To your Black and Latino students, many of whom must have serious conversations with their pare
Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Week in Class Week One 2014
Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Week in Class Week One 2014: Week in Class Week One 2014 Due to family concerns, I’ve not been able to do as much writing as I would have liked in August, but I did want to share about my great first week of teaching.First, I like my class. They seem to be very sweet kids. I’m sure that as the months go on, the hormones will hit, but this also makes some of
How can we all keep the kindergarten spirit? | Connected Principals
How can we all keep the kindergarten spirit? | Connected Principals: How can we all keep the kindergarten spirit?by Amber Teamann • September 7, 2014 • 0 CommentsLast week as I was walking through classrooms, I came across this kinder kid who was working feverishly on the carpet on a project. As I smiled and walked around the room, he waved me over and asked if I wanted to see his invention. “See
Lessons From M. Mouse: Or, How I *BELIEVED* Disney Could Help Public Schools
Lessons From M. Mouse: Or, How I *BELIEVED* Disney Could Help Public Schools: Lessons From M. Mouse: Or, How I *BELIEVED* Disney Could Help Public SchoolsSEPTEMBER 7, 2014 BY NANCY BAILEY LEAVE A COMMENTA forest of thorns shall be his tomb! Borne through the skies on a fog of doom! Now go with the curse, and serve me well! ‘Round Stefan’s Castle, CAST MY SPELL!―Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent casting
Luci Bat's #NormaRaeMoment #BadAssTeachersA
Luci Bat's #NormaRaeMoment #BadAssTeachersABATS HAVE A NORMA RAE MOMENT! NATIONAL PHOTO BLITZ http://on.fb.me/1of1U9zLet's send some union litter all around the country!!!1. Write out a union-strong message on a paper/sign.2. Have someone take a photo of you holding that message.3. Post the photo below this link to share with BATs.4. Send your message out into the social network world!hashtags: #N
Morning Wink 9-7-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS9-7-14 Answer SheetAnswer Sheet: Does holding kids back a year help them academically? No. But schools still do it.It may seem to make sense to hold back for a year a student who can’t read well but a mountain of research shows that it doesn’t actually help. Unfortunately, school reformers don’t seem to care what the research says. Here to discuss this is
9-7-14 Answer Sheet
Answer Sheet: Does holding kids back a year help them academically? No. But schools still do it.It may seem to make sense to hold back for a year a student who can’t read well but a mountain of research shows that it doesn’t actually help. Unfortunately, school reformers don’t seem to care what the research says. Here to discuss this is Paul Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman Un
9-7-14 Schools Matter All Week
Schools Matter: Gates Civ 101: The Antiseptic History MOOC Comes to High SchoolSome reporters for the New York Times pretend to be stupid enough to believe Bill Gates is out to simply make his favorite history course available to every high school student in America.  The bigger assumption by the New York Times is that the American people are as stupid as their "reporter" pretends to be.
9-7-14 Perdido Street School
Perdido Street School: Andrew Cuomo Snub Of Opponent Zephyr Teachout At Parade Goes ViralAnd now the rest of America gets to see what an arrogant little man-child our governor is.Here's Politico's coverage of the Cuomo/De Blasio snub of Teachout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo greeted participants in New York City’s Labor Day Parade on Saturday, but one person didn’t get a warm welcome: his primary opp
An Open Letter To The White Teachers Who Wore NYPD T-Shirts To School, Despite Being Told Not To
An Open Letter To The White Teachers Who Wore NYPD T-Shirts To School, Despite Being Told Not To: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE WHITE TEACHERS WHO WORE NYPD T-SHIRTS TO SCHOOL, DESPITE BEING TOLD NOT TODear PS 220 White Teachers Who Wore NYPD T-Shirts To School,It must have seemed like a fantastic idea when, despite warnings from from the United Federation of Teachers, you all donned NYPD shirts and crowd
Turning a Profit Would Be So Much Easier if Children Were Tropical Fruit in No Pineapple Left Behind ‹ Hardcore Gamer
Turning a Profit Would Be So Much Easier if Children Were Tropical Fruit in No Pineapple Left Behind ‹ Hardcore Gamer: TURNING A PROFIT WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER IF CHILDREN WERE TROPICAL FRUIT IN NO PINEAPPLE LEFT BEHINDPosted by James Cunningham on 06 Sep 2014Pineapples are easy.  They don’t ask questions, cause trouble, run around, have special needs, or do much more than sit there.  Schools, on
Listen To The Music | 9-7-14 Wag The Dog
Listen To The Music | WagTheDog: Listen To The Music Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible, and truly it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people.~ Harry ChapinStudents will learn more from text that is unpretentious and emotive than complex and informational. Readings in the classroom should stimulate student feelings and stir up
Andrew Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout parade video goes viral - Adam Sneed - POLITICO.com
Andrew Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout parade video goes viral - Adam Sneed - POLITICO.com: Andrew Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout parade video goes viralBy ADAM SNEED | 9/6/14 7:49 PM EDTNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo greeted participants in New York City’s Labor Day Parade on Saturday, but one person didn’t get a warm welcome: his primary opponent.A video posted on NewYorkTrue.com shows Zephyr Teachout, who is challe
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-7-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Paul Tractenberg: Ideology Trumps Evidence in Press for All-Charter DistrictsPaul Tractenberg, a distinguished law professor at Rutgers University, challenges the idea that all-charter districts based on the New Orleans model are a magic bullet for Newark, Camden, and other low-performing districts in New Jersey. He notes that for
9-7-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Quote Of The Day: “The Book That Got Teaching Right”Samuel G. Freedman has written a great column in The New Yorker about the book Up the Down Staircase whose author, Bel Kaufman, died this past summer. His column is headlined The Book That Got Teaching Right. Here’s an excerpt: I certainly had heard of the book and movie b
9-7-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Sunday reads.Whitney Young High School alums Bill Drew, Carlos Rosa and Sam Spitz canvassing my 35th Ward for Carlos. Mary Mitchell: Last week, (Chicago police officer) Evans was charged with two felonies for allegedly shoving his service revolver down a suspect’s throat and holding a Taser to the man
Gates, Other “Philanthropy,” and the Purchase of a Success Narrative | deutsch29
Gates, Other “Philanthropy,” and the Purchase of a Success Narrative | deutsch29: Gates, Other “Philanthropy,” and the Purchase of a Success NarrativeSeptember 6, 2014Billionaire Bill Gates funds the media.This is no surprise to me.What did surprise me is the discovery that he meets with the media he funds (and others) regularly behind closed doors.Yep.Gates Briefs a Media He Pays For (And Then So
9-7-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: About the radio showJoin Drs. Shaun Johnson and Tim Slekar LIVE Sundays at 6PM EST and Wednesdays at 7PM EST on Blog Talk Radio for progressive, pro-public education talk radio. Call in to speak live with Tim and Shaun during the show, (805) 727-7111. You can also listen to our Monday "Sunday-Replay" at 7PM EST, and re-broadcasts of the archives every Tuesday and Thursd
9-7-14 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): Cashing in on Journalism’s Neutral PoseAs I have highlighted several times about how often education journalism fails the democratic goals of both the free press and universal public education, this Tweet from Juana Summers at NPR represents the power of the neutral pose
9-7-14 Hemlock on the Rocks
Hemlock on the Rocks: Fwd: Twelve Theses on Education's Future in the Age of Neoliberalism and TerrorismTwelve Theses on Education's Future in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:03 By Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Henry A. Giroux, Kenneth J. Saltman, and Sophia A. McClennen, Paradigm Publishers | Book Excerpt 101 font size   Print Email (Image: Paradigm Publishers)This exce
9-7-14 Curmudgucation
CURMUDGUCATION: No, Education Post Is Not About ConversationTwelve million dollars buys you a big splash. Many of us have launched blogs; very few of us have had heavy press coverage of the launch.When Anthony Cody, a nationally known education writer and activist left the nest at Education Week to launch Living in Dialogue, a website that features work from many of the top writers in education po
NYC Educator: Opting for the Joys of Childhood
NYC Educator: Opting for the Joys of Childhood: Opting for the Joys of ChildhoodThink for a moment of your best elementary-school memories.  Do they involve tests or prepping for tests?  Or, were they the kind of moments that are being pushed aside to make room for the Core?Think for another moment:   How many academic failures did you experience in elementary school?  Surely, we all must have fai

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Video: Is Lafayette Parish Schools Selling a “Visual Strategy” or Common Core? | deutsch29
Video: Is Lafayette Parish Schools Selling a “Visual Strategy” or Common Core? | deutsch29: Video: Is Lafayette Parish Schools Selling a “Visual Strategy” or Common Core?September 6, 2014Let’s examine a program known as Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). They’ve been around for a while. It is important to note that VTS predates test-driven education “reform,” both the Common Core State Standards (C
The Courage of Their Convictions by teacherken
The Courage of Their Convictions: The Courage of Their ConvictionsbyteacherkenFollow    6 Comments / 6 Newis the title of this book by Peter Irons.One of those featured in the book was a woman who as a girl - along with her brother - refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  They were both Jehovah's Witnesses.  They were both expelled, and the Supreme Court, in 1940, upheld their expulsion in M
Nite Cap 9-6-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
James Baldwin said it best: "For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAPWhy Don’t More Men Go Into Teaching? - NYTimes.comWhy Don’t More Men Go Into Teaching? - NYTimes.com: Why Don’t More Men Go Into Teaching?AS Tommie Leaders, 22, approached college graduation last spring, his professors told him he would have no t





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