Monthly Archives: December 2010

My New Year’s Resolutions

Lots of organizations have a document titled “RESOLUTIONS.” These are variously described as belief statements for the organization, principles on which the organization is founded, and/or ideals on which decision-making and priorities are based. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary includes this definition: “a formal … Continue reading

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Accountability Plus

Whoa! Or, is that woe? Today’s editorial in the News Journal was certainly enlightening. It turns out that public education—read that as public school teachers (and by implication, the corrupt and nefarious unions that protect them) are not only single-handedly responsible for failing … Continue reading

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A Holiday Wish for All Education Union Members

A Holiday Wish for All DSEA Members                              by Frederika Jenner  (with Apologies to Clement C. Moore) ‘Twas the week before Christmas and across this small state, Public school employees were all feeling great. Looking forward to day after day of … Continue reading

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An ‘A’ for Originality

Found in the Sunday Styles section of today’s NYTimes in Social Q’s (p. 8): Last year we were among four families in our class to give the teacher a pair of gloves for Christmas. Any ideas on how to be more original … Continue reading

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On RttT, or What About That Trojan Horse?

by Mike Matthews, a second-year teacher in Red Clay This statement was prepared for a gathering of Delaware State Education Association members at a meeting to further discuss the group’s role in ongoing talks over the Federal Race to the … Continue reading

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Year One, and Counting

So, what do all new teachers need to be successful? What do they deserve? What slack can we cut them so that they can better function in a new role, in a new endeavor, in a school that is new … Continue reading

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Let Me Out of This Echo Chamber!

Holy Cow! Was it something I said??? My stats show that there were 60 visitors (YIPPEE!) to my site today. Yet, nary a response was typed. C’mon folks. This is a two-way street. I post–you respond. Then, I respond. Then … Continue reading

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