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Who really benefits from Standardized Testing?

SILENCE …. That is what you hear if you say “I really don’t think we need all this student testing — I really not sure how it benefits students or schools?”   Just the notion that maybe we should simply … Continue reading

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Education Zombies!

  I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead. and for those that watch the show you know at any moment a bloodthirsty Zombie can come out of nowhere to devour a human.  A colleague and regular reader of this … Continue reading

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Is teaching a dead end job?

Education was a priority in my family.  I really did not have much of a choice and if I heard once — I heard at least a thousand times that you need do well in school — go to college … Continue reading

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Zip Code = Test Results AGAIN!

As an undergraduate student at Youngstown State University (YSU) I was an active member of the Model United Nations Team.  For those not familiar with Model U.N. it is a competitive simulation of the the United Nations.   It is … Continue reading

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Did Arne Duncan have a GRINCH moment?

I do love this time of year, nothing can warm the heart more than the holiday season –we reminisce of holidays past, always excited to see our children, grandchildren and loved ones.  We remember those we have lost and how … Continue reading

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It’s the system that prevents innovation!

I was in my 6th year and really coming into my own as a teacher.  I was teaching two Advanced Placement (AP) courses and several electives that I had personally created.  I was the unofficial head of the department and … Continue reading

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Time is elusive for teachers — How do we get more of it?

The one consistent complaint almost every teacher will share is the lack of time.  Time is the most elusive and precious resource for teachers.  They complain bitterly that they lack the time needed to do what is asked of them on a … Continue reading

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Is character still important?

Earlier this week a colleague of mine shared with me a treasure he found in his office.  It was a publication to the community dated December 1927.   This was not a small publication it contained 40 plus pages of … Continue reading

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SNOW DAYS!

It is the best feeling in the world as a kid to wake-up to lots of snow on the ground and find out that school has been cancelled.  It rivals your birthday, Christmas morning and the tooth fairy.  It is … Continue reading

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Shed your technology at the school house doors?

I sometimes forget just how dependent we are on technology.  Can you remember the days with your nose in a map trying to get somewhere?  What about looking up numbers in a telephone book?  Or my favorite — if you … Continue reading

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