Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

  • Avoiding Round Robin in All Subject Areas

    on Dec 15, 14 • in Elementary Classrooms, English Language Learners, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Policy, Science, Social Studies • with Comments


    I am always amazed that Round Robin reading still exists. The empirical evidence has shown that it is an ineffective teaching method. Just being an observant teacher would make you realize the kids are bored and off task. Worst of all, it brings humiliation to students who struggle with reading or English. So how do we engage children in material that is new? How can we share text with a group? How do we build structure that encourages participation in the reading process? There are two areas that seem to fall into the Round Robin

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  • STEAM Inspired Spin on Social Studies

    on Dec 8, 14 • in Instructional Strategies, Policy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

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    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects joined forces with Art (Design) to become STEAM, the acronym which stands for education that deliberately promotes 21st century transformations in thinking. Social studies is not included as a focus and I like to think it’s because it is at the root of of the original STEM.  As a social studies educator I’m struggling to make that more apparent so I attended the November, Vermont State Technology Conference hosted by  The makerspaces and new tools were exciting and innovative but I wanted something that would not change

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  • Let’s Talk About Tests

    on Dec 2, 14 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Policy • with Comments


    Testing has been around forever and strikes fear in the hearts of American school children (and teachers for that matter).  Standardized testing has been around since the IQ test was structured in 1905.   Today in education there are many forms of testing.  It is important to understand the types of tests, their purposes and how to report the results.  Using assessments help you know where your students are in order to move them to where you want them to be.  We use information, observation and assessment constantly in the classroom.  While the word “TEST” brings fear to

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  • How to Set up Video Conferencing at the Workplace

    on Nov 14, 14 • in Policy • with Comments

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    How to Set up Video Conferencing at the Workplace At this point, modern and advanced video conferencing solutions are seen as a time and cost-effective method to facilitate a faultless communication between employees, business partners, and family members. Video conferencing systems, like Blue Jeans Video Collaboration, represent a viable option designed to reduce costs, improve internal and external communication on different levels, and boost productivity and profitability. In other worlds, video conferencing leads to faster and better decisions, stronger teams, and a clearer, simpler way to share knowledge and provide feedback. According to, video

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  • Manifestation Meetings: Have You Experienced One?

    on Nov 12, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Opinion, Policy • with Comments


    I recently had a crash course in what is called ‘Manifestation Determination’ or ‘Manifestation Meetings’. I had never heard of these until this week. Now mind you, I am by no means a special education teacher, nor do I claim to know much about all of the forms and paperwork that these saints endure. I do believe that every child can learn and should have the opportunity to do so. Having said that, I was a bit concerned about these so-called ‘Manifestation Meetings’ which are defined by IDEA as “a test employed when a student

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