Archive for the ‘From the Front Lines’ Category

  • It’s August: Better to Get to Work on those Summer Work Packets!

    on Aug 11, 14 • in Ask a Teacher, From the Front Lines, Parents • with Comments


    “Ancora imparo. [I am still learning.]“ ― Michelangelo, at age 87 in 1562 In the United States, students will spend 96 weeks or collectively about two years of their academic life in summer vacation days. There is tradition of “taking a break” associated with summer vacation, yet, there is a growing body of research on the adverse impact of summer vacation on student learning.  Many researchers refer to the achievement damage done as the “summer slide,” especially for urban communities. So what do some teachers do to counter this effect? At the beginning of summer, students are sent home

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  • Freedom In The Classroom

    on Aug 8, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion, Policy • with Comments


    Owning a school may sound like an easy way to avoid all of the messy paperwork that goes along with education, but it really means that the paperwork just changes routes. Instead of serving the district or the State Department, I am accountable to a higher entity: Parents and families. Summers are spent not only writing lesson plans, which I redo every year since I have students who stay with me for several consecutive years, but also getting all of my paperwork in place for Parent Orientation, conference times, all activities and field trips and

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  • Inspirational Educator – Garrett Lim, All-Star Teacher

    on Aug 8, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Interviews, Stellar Educator of the Week, Technology • with Comments


    Every teacher wants to be called an all-star, but not many get the trophy to match. Garrett Lim is one of those honored few teachers to be recognized by Major League Baseball as an All-Star, as he was the Chicago White Sox’s selection to the 2014 All-Star contest. We sat down with Garrett to watch him showcase his teacher’s home run swing.   Jake Miller, The Educator’s Room: What was it like to be named a People Magazine All-Star Teacher? Garrett Lim, Chemistry Teacher and Chicago White Sox All-Star: In one word, it was awesome

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  • Assigning Public Speaking Isn’t Teaching

    on Jul 31, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, From the Front Lines • with Comments

    Sending A Message With A Post It Note

    By Erik Palmer I am concerned about student oral communication.   Students don’t generally speak well and almost all of them fear or hate presenting. I also think about the speaking and listening standard of the Common Core State Standards. I realize that so far I am alone in focusing on this standard but I truly believe that all students will be more successful in life professionally and socially if they speak well, and I wish we paid more attention to teaching speaking. I often ask, “What are you doing to teach speaking?” I get answers

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  • Recalling ISTE 2014 : Sarah’s Report

    on Jul 15, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Apps, Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum • with Comments

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    From June 28 through July 1 (Saturday-Tuesday), thousands and thousands of ed tech enthusiasts braved the heat and humidity of Atlanta, GA to attend the 2014 International Society for Technology in Education Conference and Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center. Since I am a local, I was one of those thousands. This is the conference to attend if you want to see the newest trends in ed tech and to learn the newest and best strategies for using ed tech in the classroom. I spent four days wondering the massive floors of ISTE2014, and

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