Monthly Archives: August 2012

What Is It That Teachers Want?

This response by J.M. Tumbleson to a Diane Ravitch blog post resonated with me. Ravitch wrote recently about a rather chilling experience with a CNN interview. Here is what JMT had to say about an interview question that was based on the … Continue reading

Posted in Education Professionals, Merit Pay, Teachers and Teaching | 5 Comments

Copier Down,…

It is time for all schools to have machines that are reliable and up to the task of making hundreds of copies every day. Really. No matter what other technology they talk about for classrooms and schools, it is still … Continue reading

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Survival Tips

Finally getting around to commenting on something that has been bugging me for several days. The concern was first brought to my attention by a good friend–another teacher. I also heard a few comments from others. On Tuesday, August 14th, … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Education Professionals, My Opinions, School Days, Students and Schools | 3 Comments

Building Bridges / Strengthening Infrastructure

a) I only post when I have something to say.                                                                                   b) My urge to write is triggered by what I see, what I hear, what I experience, and especially by what I seemingly stumble over in other blogs or news … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Blogs and Blogging, Education Professionals, Education Reform, Interesting Bits, Teachers and Teaching | 1 Comment

Primum non nocere,…

Maybe every profession should have an expressed, noteworthy, and well-known tenet–words to live by. Check out this blog post by Donnalyn Miller, a 6th grade language arts teacher from Texas, who is known as The Book Whisperer, due to her … Continue reading

Posted in A Good Education, Curriculum, Literacy, Students and Schools, Teachers and Teaching, Testing | 2 Comments

College Is Wasted on the Young

Really. It is. I first had this insight when my youngest son headed off to college back in the fall of 2006. Here’s how it looked to me then. First, you get to create a list of the various institutions where you might want … Continue reading

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