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  • The Advantage of Disadvantage – Part II – A Book Review

    on Aug 13, 14 • in Book Review, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    David and Goliath,
By Malcolm Gladwell

    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcolm Gladwell Publisher: Brown and Company (October 1, 2013)   Have you ever wondered what makes a person successful? Does it stem from advantage or disadvantage? In my previous article (Part I) we looked at a book written by Malcolm Gladwell called David and Goliath. In Gladwell’s book, he challenges the reader to the prevailing sentiment that bigger is always better, advantage is always advantage and disadvantage creates failure.  As we continue onto Part II, consider asking yourself what makes a person successful? It may not be

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  • The Advantage of Disadvantage, Part I – Book Review

    on Jul 21, 14 • in Book Review, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    David and Goliath,
By Malcolm Gladwell

    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell Publisher: Penguin Books, Ltd., Oct. 2013 I remember years ago watching a piloted TV show that was based on a character that was much like that of the popular television personality Martha Stewart. In the show, the Martha character looked to her TV mother and said something like, “Thank you for withholding just enough love from me to make me into the overachieving success that I am today.”  I remember it well, even though it was years ago, because it made me wonder what

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  • Teacherpreneurs – A Book Review

    on Mar 18, 14 • in Book Review, Educator Professionalism, Featured • with Comments

    courtesy of teacherleaders

    Most of the readers and writers of The Educator’s Room would consider themselves more than “just teachers.” We’re ground movers, educational landscapers, and men and women who patch the faults of children and our profession. We also move some of our thoughts into actions, making us entrepreneurs of our profession. Certainly, we all don’t generate a sizable amount of income from it, but we do take risks to seek rewards. Likewise, not all of the “payouts” of these ventures can be considered failures if the dollars don’t follow – rather, we’re looking to change an

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  • ELL Classroom Instruction that Works – a Book Review

    on Jan 22, 14 • in Book Review, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    courtesy ASCD

    Book: Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners 2nd Edition By: Jane D. Hill and Kirsten B. Miller Published: ASCD, 2013   Most K-12 classroom teachers are aware that state and federal laws currently require English Language Learners to perform as well as any mainstream students on standardized tests. We ESL teachers laughed when No Child Left Behind was introduced years ago with these proficiency requirements in writing.  While we are no longer laughing, we can tend to feel bitter and angry as our classrooms and schools with high numbers of ELL’s are punished

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  • Must Reads For The Ed Reform Advocate #1: Test and Punish – A Book Review

    on Jan 13, 14 • in Book Review, Educational Reform, Policy • with Comments

    Test and Punish, by John Kuhn

    Test and Punish: How The Texas Education Model Gave America Accountability Without Equity Author: John Kuhn Publisher: Park Place Publications, Austin, TX I first encountered John Kuhn’s name about a year ago while reading his article “The Pundit’s Miseducation” on The Educators Room (TER). As an education reform advocate I was inspired. His ideas were provocative, moving, and reflective of the value that our society needs to place on education. I immediately pored through the remainder of his TER articles and began searching for more writings authored by this man who had articulated many of

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