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  • Under the Guise of Inclusion

    on Nov 20, 15 • in Featured, Management, Special Education • with Comments

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    I remember the days in the 1960’s and 70’s when Special Education was not even a word, and anyone that had disabilities was rarely seen or heard. I’m so thankful today that we have so many programs that help students with disabilities, but as state budgets get tighter, the push for more special support staff reduction is becoming the norm. The result seems to be larger class sizes, less Para support and an unreasonable higher rate of Inclusion than ever before.  Seasoned teachers are reporting that this trend has been steadily climbing for years and has

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  • What Makes a Great Unit?

    on Nov 19, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies • with Comments

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    With so many skills and so many concepts, units are a necessity. We can become overwhelmed with the amount of material we have to cover in a short time. I have learned I only focus on one unit at a time. A unit is a set amount of skills or concepts tied to a literary period, a genre, a war period, a mathematical concept, or even the nervous system. It is really easy to just to lecture, let students copy notes, and they have them put their responses on a test, but as we all

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  • E-Sub Plans for Educators

    on Nov 17, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Apps, From the Front Lines, High School, Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

    to live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. (1)

    Writing sub plans is the task I dread most as a teacher. It is time-consuming and often the best-laid plans go awry. Substitutes misinterpret directions or students use that excuse to claim that they were led astray from a meaningful task. I have found a few digital applications that have changed the nature of the sub-plan to one that empowers the student with more opportunities for 1:1 engagement and more responsibility. No longer do I write a sub-plan for the sub alone. The paper copy left on the desk might contain a few private instructions

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  • Why NYC Students Seeing ‘Hamilton’ Is a Big Deal

    on Nov 17, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Fine Arts, From the Front Lines, High School, Opinion, social justice, Social Justice • with Comments


    On October 27th, a joint collaboration of The Rockefeller Foundation, The Gilder Lehrman Foundation, producer Jeffrey Seller, creator (and star) Lin-Manuel Miranda, and New York City public schools announced that they will provide a means for more than 20,000 eleventh graders to not just watch Hamilton, the hottest, most ground-breaking musical in decades – but to actually go backstage and interact with the cast after their Wednesday matinee. The show, whose average ticket price is $139 (and sold out almost entirely to the public through September) agreed to lower their ticket prices to $70, of which the foundations

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  • Different Teachers, Different Pressures

    on Nov 16, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, From the Front Lines, High School, Literacy • with Comments

    Increasing Student Engagement through Belongingness and Cognitive Rigor-3

    There is a certain about of pressure that comes with being a high stakes teacher, okay, it is a ton of pressure. A high stakes teacher is a teacher whose class performance on a standardized test is directly tied to the School Performance Score. At a small school, this means there are only four or five classes that are responsible for almost a quarter of the school’s rating. At a large school, there could be 20-40 classes responsible for this score and that leads to the comparison problem, “Why are your students at 50% and

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