Badly does an enemy treat his enemy, a foeman his foe: worse is the havoc wrought by a misdirected mind (Buddha)
It was a revelation. As I received my first period as a substitute, I recognized a few of the sophomores I had worked with a year ago. They had an interesting assignment left by their regular teacher in English II, the analysis of a poem written by a concentration camp survivor.
This Common Core math worksheet offers a glimpse into Kafkaesque third-grade hell
(Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/28/this-common-core-math-worksheet-offers-a-glimpse-into-kafkaesque-third-grade-hell/#ixzz2wK6yanIk)
Obama math: under new Common Core, 3 x 4 = 11 [VIDEO]) (idem)
First of all, the Common Core curriculum sweeping the nation is not a product of the Obama administration:
While the Common Core has been voluntarily adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, it has stirred controversy (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-16/bill-gates-says-common-core-standards-helpful-to-u-s-schools.html)
Adopted by 45 states out of 50; is this fact proof that the common core is an imposition by Washington as some extreme right wingers affirm?
A great man talks to all as equals; a vain man considers himself as superior; a wise man will let the fool speak without passing judgment.
It’s the middle of spring break and the weather is not cooperating; of course, as a recently retired teacher, this week feels the same as every other one, except for much less traffic in town. Still, a part of me misses the relationship with students and staff. I keep wondering whether the special needs teens who were assigned to me are doing well. My natural vanity believed nobody else could make a difference for them. Nonsense of course, but I know some teachers lack the vocational fire needed to do the job.
“There are jobs for burger flippers and Ph.D.s but not much in between..six growing categories are in the $15-an-hour service gigs.” (Ranal Foroohar, Time, February 10, 2014)
This super smart lady is probably the most accurate observer and predictor of economic trends I have had the pleasure to follow. She also mentions a brilliant idea put forth by the President last year when he praised new educational models such as the six-year high school in New York and Chicago; there, giant companies such as IBM and Microsoft help design the curriculum to make kids employable.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sDlaf7-JJ14 (Great Toon)
Observe, Study Evidence, and Establish Goals and Means to achieve them.
Every school administrator is trained in observing and rating teachers, whatever their experience and academic level. Even though there are some criteria established by each district, the actual process is highly subjective. Because of time constraints, the observer spends less than 30 minutes a semester to fill his or her evaluation form. Needless to say, a highly paid employee in the private industry would be offended and rightly irate if the same procedure were applied to decide on promotions and/or salary increase.
The key goals for learning communities are to encourage integration of learning across courses and to involve students with “big questions” that matter beyond the classroom.
This quote from a research paper by George D. Kuh, “High-Impact Educational Practices”, focuses on college students, but his findings apply just as well to all public schools learners.
With bricks, action, and hues as vibrant as tropical sunsets, Lego created a way for novices to learn the basics of structural engineering: bracing, tension, and compression, loading constraints, building to scale.(Smithsonian magazine, May 2013, Block Party)
Remember the old days, 40 years ago, when kids wanted a chemistry set or a primitive microscope for Christmas? They also wanted Lego blocks in that very distant past, but those relics have nothing in common with today’s marvels. Lego, founded in Denmark in 1916 by Ole Kirk (yes, like Captain Kirk of legend) took off when he started making miniature models of larger tools and furniture. The first wooden blocks appeared in 1947 and were an instant hit with kids.