Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

  • Inspirational Educator: Joshua Katz, TEDx Talks’ “Toxic Testing Terminator”

    on Apr 16, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Interviews, Stellar Educator of the Week • with Comments

    Joshua Katz

    Every plaguing problem needs a caped crusader. When it comes to the burdensome culture of standardized assessment, teachers have found one in Joshua Katz (@jakatz87), the “Toxic Testing Terminator.” It’s been about one year since Katz delivered his TEDx Talk on “The Toxic Culture of Education.” In between then and now he’s run for political office. He’s pushed his students to succeed in his mathematics classroom, despite all the odds. And he’s now begun to look at testing from a parent’s perspective. We sat down with Mr. Katz for our most recent #InspirationalEducator series.  

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  • Teacher Collaboration: Scaffolding by Grade Levels

    on Apr 6, 15 • in 10 Ways to Fix Education, Common Core, Educator Professionalism, Instruction&Curriculum, Languages, Literacy, Opinion, Policy, Science, Social Studies • with Comments

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    Is your department communicating? It seems like common sense, however, too many times teachers in the same subjects are not communicating from one level to the next. Students shouldn’t have to fill in gaps when they progress within a subject.  Teachers need to move beyond the possessive view of students and begin to collaborate across levels to help students succeed.  How do we avoid a disjointed department or grade level? 1. Communication. Departments and grade levels have to meet at least monthly. Set a department goal. For example, student learning goals, yearly and by graduation.  We

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  • Why My Greatest Fear as a Teacher is Coming True

    on Mar 31, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Policy • with Comments

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    I have always had a potent and unspoken fear I chalked up to insecurity and a penchant for fatalistic thinking: What if, despite my best intentions and efforts as a teacher, I have little to no impact on the lives of my students?  A spate of new scholarship and findings suggests the role of teachers in the lives of their students is, at best, minimal, and the determinants of students’ classroom successes and failures are decisive long before they sit in a teacher’s classroom. In short, perhaps my fear is more than suspicion. Indeed, a

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  • Parent Tips: Teaching Money, Money, Money – Strategies for 2nd Graders

    on Mar 27, 15 • in Policy • with Comments

    Parents are often surprised when their academically bright students struggle with learning money. There is really only one way to master money. It is to use it. Counting money is the math skill we all use everyday. Money practice and knowledge helps build numerous math skills. Calculating ways to pay for something builds addition skills, as well as problem solving strategies. Figuring out change supports double-digit subtraction, a second grade skill that is mind-boggling hard for many second graders to comprehend. It teaches fractions. It reinforces place value, also. Most children in second grade recognize

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  • Secure Your Oxygen Mask First in the Classroom

    on Mar 27, 15 • in Policy • with Comments


    If you’ve ever flown on a commercial airline flight, you are well aware of the instructions that occur before the airplane approaches the runway. It may sound something like, “Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for flying XX airlines…please fasten your seatbelt and make sure that your tray and seat are in the upright position…emergency exits are here, here and here…” And then they may say something like: In the event of a decompression emergency, an oxygen mask will automatically drop down in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly

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