Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

  • Dealing With Death

    on Sep 15, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion, Parents • with Comments

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    My husband has been a high school teacher for twelve years. During his fifth year, several of his students from the soccer team were killed in a car accident. The driver lost control of his car, went through a barrier, flipped the jeep and landed in a ravine full of water. A few years later, another student was killed on the train tracks by the high school. The latest was four years ago when a student was killed by a drunk driver. I had just met this student at prom of that year where my

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  • Are you a leader or a follower?…On Twitter.

    on Sep 12, 14 • in Ask a Teacher, Confessions of a Teacher, Opinion, Policy, Technology • with Comments

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    Are you a leader or a follower?  Me?  I’m a follower, and my students and I are very happy about that.  When I say I am a follower, I mean on Twitter.  I love Twitter.  I would not have said this a few years ago, because I thought Twitter was just a constant Facebook status.  Who needs to see a Facebook status updated in real-time?  I never really cared about people telling me they were buying a latte, working out at the gym, checking in to a sporting event, or even taking pictures of themselves

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  • Who is your +1? An EdCamp Inspiration

    on Sep 9, 14 • in Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    Edcamp Logo - courtesy Edcamp.org

    EdCamp Sacramento was one of the most informative and collaborative conferences I have never attended. That is correct, I said I never attended. I live in Atlanta, GA, and I did not have the luxury or knowledge about this amazing educational workshop experience. Like many teachers on Twitter, I have heard of the EdCamp experiences.  I’ve heard they are inspiring and fantastic forms of professional development.  I’ve heard one can learn from motivated and inspirational educators from as close as just around the corner to teachers that drove over 100 miles to get to the

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  • Inspirational Educator: David Menasche, Author of The Priority List

    on Sep 8, 14 • in Book Review, Featured, Interviews • with Comments

    The Priority List, by David Menasche

    David Menasche was a teacher for 15 years in Miami. He was diagnosed with brain cancer the day before Thanksgiving, 2006. However, it wasn’t until July 15, 2012 when he suffered an episode (still not sure if it was a seizure or a stroke) that his life was completely changed. Since then he’s become mostly blind and paralyzed on the left-side of his body. But his sense of humor and positivity haven’t been affected by the 3 surgeries, 30+ chemo treatments, and more. He’s most famous as the author of The Priority List, his book

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  • Concurrent Enrollment Conundrums

    on Sep 8, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Opinion, Policy • with Comments

    Close up of a graduation cap and a certificate with a ribbon

    Many states offer concurrent enrollment, also known as Dual Enrollment (DE) to high school juniors and seniors. This consists of the school district paying tuition for a set number of college hours each semester as long as the student meets the district’s GPA and graduation track requirements. These college hours count towards high school graduation credits along with college credit. It’s a fantastic program for those who can take advantage of it.  But remember, state law is the minimum requirement for districts. Each school district can add to those requirements as it sees fit.

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