Education

Teaching
9:53 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Classroom Comtemplations: Lessons After The School Day Ends

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 8:30 am

Madame Logan is a retired high school French teacher. She was filled with stories of former students who had contacted her to tell her of the effects she had on them.

Most of these effects were, at best, indirectly related to the French they had learned in her class.

One of her students is now a film critic, and he said the the foreign films he watched on French class trips (this was before DVD players when Madame Logan took students to an actual movie theater near the school) contributed to his career choice.

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Teaching
11:04 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: Overlooking The Value Of Veteran Teachers

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 12:15 pm

A student went home to complain to her mom about Mattie Williams, her social studies teacher. The mother went straight out to the school for a conference.

To the mother’s surprise, she found herself sitting face-to-face with her own former teacher from a generation before at the same high school (Williams had since taken on a married last name).

Whatever she was now called, Williams remained a teacher who demanded respect.

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Education
8:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Cyberbullying Law Gives Educators Power To Intervene Outside Of School

78% of teens have a cell phone and send an average of 60 text messages per day, and bout three in four teens access the internet on cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

Gabrielle Molina was a seventh grader in Queens, New York.  Her friends and parents say that she was smart.  She was ambitious and loved science. Her father said that she wanted to join the U.S. Air Force and then study law.

On May 23 her 15 year-old sister forced open their bedroom door and found her lifeless.  Gaby hung herself.  She was 12.  In her suicide note she apologized to her family and said that she was bullied.

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Testing
2:40 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

More States Concerned About Cost of Next Generation Tests

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 11:12 am

Two new states are backing away from next-generation standardized tests, this time because of worries about cost.

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Technology
2:24 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Why Mobile Devices Might Mean Shorter Attention Spans

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 10:15 am

Mobile gadgets such as phones and tablet computers may be eroding kids’ attention spans and contributing to a rise in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnosis, according to researchers in this Time magazine piece.

That’s because mobile devices condition their users to expect constant, electronic stimulus. When kids put down those devices, the real world can seem slow-paced and less interesting.

From the story:

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Community Contributor
7:07 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Will New Florida Law Tying Teacher Raises To Test Results Improve Education?

As of July 1st, at least 50 percent of a classroom teacher’s performance evaluation, and pay, be based on student achievement

When my husband was studying for the CPA exams, he prepared for months.  He memorized laws and rules and exceptions to those rules.  He used flashcards, watched lectures and took simulated exams.  He answered thousands of sample test questions. 

Preparing for exams is as much about tactic as it is about knowledge.  To conquer an exam, people learn to beat the test.  They learn strategies.  They take courses designed specifically to prepare them for these exams or they study on their own, for the tests.

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Education
6:30 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Not Your Typical Summer School: A Summer Camp Fights Learning Loss Using The Common Core

Campers at Sallye B. Mathis Elementary School will learn Common Core lessons this summer.
Credit Karelia Arauz

It’s summertime and Angela Maxey, principal of Sallye B. Mathis Elementary School, is observing a classroom of 9- and 10-year-olds draw and identify different kinds of triangles.

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Community Contributor
6:38 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Superintendent Learns Lesson: Where You Are From Doesn't Dictate Where You Can Go

Alberto Carvalho
Credit Miami-Dade Schools

Every day I wake up with a spirit of excitement and anticipation of what the day may bring, in large part because of the incredible community that has become my adopted home, Miami.
 

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Classroom Contemplations
12:09 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Why Relying On Tests Only Reinforces Bad Behavior In Schools

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 10:00 am

There are some real perils to systems which try to reduce teacher performance to a single number, such as many of our new “value-added” formulas.

The first is that whatever you decide to measure — and, implicitly or explicitly reward — is what you are going to get.

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Classroom Contemplations
11:58 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: The Teaching That Evaluations Ignore

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 11:22 am

One of the things I want to do through this series is to expand the discussion of a teacher’s value. We cannot let the worth of teachers be defined narrowly by the test scores of their students.  We need to consider all of the different ways teachers have positive impacts on the lives of their students before we choose the criteria with which we judge who is doing a good job as a teacher and who is not.

One of the best ways to do this is to hear from teachers themselves.

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Schools
11:32 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Bennett Will Suggest Grading System Changes This Week

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 5:11 pm

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett said he will recommend changes to the state’s A through F school grading system by the end of the week.

Bennett met with school superintendents and researchers Monday to gather concerns and suggestions about the school grading system.

Superintendents said they were concerned state requirements had changed too quickly the past two years for students test scores to keep pace.

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Community Contributor
6:35 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Given Two Years To Live, Teacher Continues to Fight Seven Years Later

Jennie Susi in chemo.

We all piled into the school gym wearing our new, originally designed t-shirts, made in our school colors, teal and white. The sound system was on, the bleachers were down and the photographer was set up and snapping away.

Only, this was not an average pep rally. This one was special. This one was for Ms. Susi. Jennie Susi has stage four ovarian cancer.

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Common Core
12:46 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Union Worried Testing Could Cause Public To Turn On Common Standards

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 10:19 am

About 10,000 educators from around the country are in Atlanta this week for the National Education Association’s annual meeting.

The group will debate issues from school safety to immigration reform as the NEA develops its legislative priorities for the coming year.

Florida Education Association President Andy Ford says Common Core State Standards and assessments will be heavily discussed.

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Schools
12:17 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti On His First Year in Jacksonville, Race, And The Challenges To Florida

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 11:00 am

Nikolai Vitti knows how dissimilar Florida’s school districts can be — but as the new Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, he also recognizes common challenges.

Vitti arrived in North Florida last November, leaving behind a job as chief academic officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

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Teaching
3:59 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Common Core Opponents Expecting Protesters From Across Florida On June 29

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 11:48 am

A group organizing a protest Saturday at an Orlando conference for new common education standards is expecting caravans of protesters from around the state and country will join them.

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