November 2010 Blog Posts (94)

Diigo

Hello- As a wealth of information comes flying into my computer these days, I try to keep up. I am learning how to use Diigo, a network of people sharing their bookmarks, and seeing all of the wonderful things that other people are finding and taking the time to share. One site that a diigo friend of mine shared is called Free Rice 2.0. It is www.freerice.com and is an interactive vocabulary building site that teachers can use with their students. The… Continue

Added by Libby Cody on November 24, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Delicious Page

http://www.delicious.com/anthony_buzard

Added by Anthony Buzard on November 24, 2010 at 6:24pm — No Comments

PMSD home Page.

http://www.pmsd.org/

Added by John Kirk on November 24, 2010 at 3:55pm — No Comments

PMSD Home Page

This a link to our district home page.

Added by John Kirk on November 24, 2010 at 3:51pm — No Comments

TEDxRedmond: Lessons From Children - Celebrating Our Youngest Teachers

By Ardith Davis Cole, teacher, author, literacy consultant



When I was six I taught my neighbor who was seven to ride a bike. Years later, as a teacher of six-year-olds, I watched as my students taught others in their class. They even participated in conferences with me; thus, our audiences learned lessons from children. Now, the Internet allows viewers all over the world to witness the teaching ability of students. We can see for ourselves what… Continue

Added by Jack Olmsted on November 24, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

My Delicious Page

http://www.delicious.com/mikezap241

Added by Michael Zapotoski on November 23, 2010 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Charter Envy in Boston

Charter Envy in Boston



Boston, long suffering from charter envy, now plans to convert several of its district public schools into charter schools. On November 3, the Boston School Committee unanimously voted to

convert a middle school and a high school into charter schools. This is

part of their…
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Added by Michael Dunn on November 23, 2010 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Let Them Eat Government Cheese!

Let Them Eat Government Cheese!



While the ruling elite and their lackeys in the Republican and

Democratic parties negotiate further tax cats for the richest 1% of

Americans, a new report from the USDA indicates that 15% of U.S.

households (50 million people) lacked enough money to buy adequate food

last year.… Continue

Added by Michael Dunn on November 23, 2010 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Parent Triggers: People Power or Corporate Financed Witch Hunts?

Parent Triggers: People Power or Corporate Financed Witch Hunts?





Parents are understandably frustrated with low test scores, low graduation rates and a persistent achievement gap. Many are demanding change and believe the…
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Added by Michael Dunn on November 23, 2010 at 6:35pm — No Comments

KIPP Reform Schools--Teacher Sweat Shops

KIPP Reform Schools--Teacher Sweat Shops



KIPP schools are often touted as an example of how a well-designed school full of dedicated true-believer educators can trump race and class and

get low income students to succeed. This is,…
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Added by Michael Dunn on November 23, 2010 at 6:33pm — No Comments

Value-Added Adds Value for Corporate Vultures

Value-Added Adds Value for Corporate Vultures



The first problem with the Value Added model for teacher accountability

is that it commodifies children. In economics, value-added is the

difference between the sales price and the cost of a product. The higher

the sales price relative to the cost of production,… Continue

Added by Michael Dunn on November 23, 2010 at 6:32pm — No Comments

A student AFL conversation overheard in the library...

This was originally posted on Assessment FOR Learning.
A few days ago I happened to be walking through the library before school. Two female students were sitting at a table doing homework.


One of the students was working on a Math assignment. I heard her ask the other student, "Did you already do your Math homework?"


The other student replied, "No. I wait until after the 'check-up' and then decide if I…
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Added by Scott Habeeb on November 23, 2010 at 8:32am — No Comments

College Thanksgiving Break: 1-page Mind Map to Catching-up and Acing Your Final Exams

Thanksgiving break is a great opportunity to catch-up with school materials in time for the finals, which are only few weeks away. Here is a 1-page mind map that will help students get back on track and ready for finals.

Added by Toni Krasnic on November 23, 2010 at 6:54am — No Comments

Delicious Tags

Here is the link to my delicious page!

http://www.delicious.com/mjmoore1110

Added by Mike Moore on November 22, 2010 at 7:26pm — No Comments

The Importance of Writing Skills: Online Tools to Encourage Success

Good writing skills are critical for today’s students … here’s a few online tools to help develop and reinforce them.

As teachers, I think we’d all agree that communication is pretty important. In fact, it’s a necessary component of education, livelihood, and basic functionality in our society. It’s also fairly obvious that there are two main ways to communicate, although more obscure forms exist. Basically, we talk and we write. That’s how we let other people…

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Added by Kelly Walsh on November 22, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

The School Family - Guest Blogger Tonya Thompson

Oh, Thanksgiving. Time for all those F’s we love: Food, football

and...family. Okay, some of those things we love more than others.




I have had many discussions over

the years with one of my fellow educators about people; people that we

enjoy and those we don’t. Recently, we…
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Added by Justin Tarte on November 21, 2010 at 8:09pm — No Comments

5 Technology Tips for the Not-so-Tech-Savvy Teacher - @JPPrezz Guest Blogger

5 Technology Tips for the Not-so-Tech-Savvy Teacher - @JPPrezz Guest Blogger…





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Added by Justin Tarte on November 21, 2010 at 8:07pm — No Comments

A little help and support go a long way...

Several great and interesting things happened to me this week:



1) - On Wednesday I attended my 2nd #ecosys chat: If you have

never taken part in the #ecosys chat, I strongly urge you to check it

out. The #ecosys chat has a new topic every week similar to other

Twitter chats, however this chat centers around education reform and the

interconnectedness of society and its impact on education. As the… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on November 21, 2010 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Our Past or Their Future

Are we preparing students for our past or their future?” Our assistant principal emailed this quote to me while she was listening to a presentation at a conference. It took me right back to my ancient past of about 20 years ago. I had just started a software training business. The bread and butter of…

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Added by Mitch Ward on November 21, 2010 at 12:10pm — No Comments

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