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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

ArtServe, Symphony of the Americas, Coral Gables Art Cinema, A Word On Food and Broward Arts

ArtServe

07/12/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, the non-profit, ArtServe, greatly helps out South Florida’s artists. President Jaye Abbate has the details. Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese speaks with Charles Greenfield about upcoming concerts throughout South Florida by The Symphony of the Americas. Film critic, Dan Hudak, talks to founder and president Steven Krams and director Robert Rosenberg about an exciting season for the Coral Gables Art Cinema.

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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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Literature
6:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Contemplating The End Of Books (As We Know Them)

Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares
Credit Antonia Wright/Ruben Millares/Spinello Projects Miami

With budget cuts impacting public libraries all over the country, this summer is not only your traditional reading season – it’s also a time for thinking about reading.

The State of the Book at Spinello Projects will exhibit physical books as precious, engaging objects – works of art you can touch – and will encourage people to sit, read and ruminate on the future of printed matter.

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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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Sculpture
1:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Miami Beach Botanical Garden Transformed Into African 'Sculpture Park'

"Silent Pride" by Brian Nyanhongo
Arianna Prothero

Sculpting is a family affair for Zimbabwe based artist Brian Nyanhongo and his siblings. He's one of 19 kids, eight of whom followed in their dad's footsteps and became Shona sculptors. Several works from the Nyanhongo family are currently on display at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

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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

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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Community Contributor
9:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Linus, Lucy And Blockhead Receive The Museum Treatment

The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood's summer show features 70 original cartoon strips from Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.

Not a generation, but a number of generations, grew up under the influence of Charles Schulz and his drawings – those of the Peanuts characters of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, and Lucy. These weren’t average characters in an average comic; they became household names, beloved by kids and adults alike for the 50 years the strip was published. Peanuts continued to live on even after their creator’s death in 2000.

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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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