Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

  • Recruitment and Retention Part 6: Enhance Teacher Career Options

    on Apr 17, 14 • in Educational Reform, Educator Professionalism, Policy, Recruitment & Retention, Series • with Comments

    courtesy of teacherleaders

    I’m someone that needs a good challenge, whether it be in my personal or professional life.  I like the thrill of facing a difficult problem and having to come up with a creative solution.  For example, possibly my most exciting day this year was when my air conditioning went out and I had to figure out how to translate my carefully planned visuals and drawings to a room without a board! The challenges inherent in teaching are one of the reasons I continue to do it.  Research suggests that our irreplaceable educators share my passion

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  • Children Are Not Widgets

    on Apr 16, 14 • in Educational Reform, Opinion, Policy • with Comments


    In an effort to improve education, many reformers suggest that we use a business approach to evaluate teachers.  To do this they suggest that teachers must be rated based on what they “do” for the children that they teach.  For many, this means judging the quality of a teacher based on the improvements students make on standardized tests in a given school year. Essentially this requires us to look at children as a definable product.  But children are not widgets. Let me explain what a business defines as a widget.  A widget is the placeholder

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  • Staff Loungin’ Podcast and the Zombie EDpocalypse

    on Apr 16, 14 • in Educational Reform, Featured, Policy • with Comments


    Hi, I’m Dave Pluscauskas, I’m a teacher from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. I’m also the founder of the Staff Loungin’ podcast and I am very excited to be sharing my podcast with The Educator’s Room. Staff Loungin’, the podcast where teachers talk about teaching and eat their lunches while they do it, was born of my frustration at how teachers are shut out education reform. Many “reformers” neither seek nor value our opinions. It occurred to me that people might respect teachers’ opinions more if they actually heard them, so I determined that, somehow, I would

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  • 4 Ways to Use Twitter to Connect at Educational Conferences

    on Apr 16, 14 • in Educational Apps, Policy • with Comments


    Until three years ago I knew nothing about Twitter. I kept hearing about it from my students. I reluctantly signed up for a Twitter according to the directions and for months it sat there. That was until one night after watching a rerun from my favorite Scandal episode and I just wanted to find out about what Twitter was all about. So I logged in (after recovering my password) and I happened to “fall into” the #engchat. After realizing what it was (an online PLN) l was hooked. Here I was sitting in my living

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  • Recruitment and Retention Part 5: Targeted Professional Development

    on Apr 15, 14 • in Educator Professionalism, Policy, Recruitment & Retention, Series • with Comments

    courtesy of teacherleaders

    One of the best professional development (PD) opportunities I’ve been to was at an NCTM conference in St. Louis.  I walked into a lecture hall and instead of rows upon rows of chairs, we were seated at tables of 8 with numerous mathematical manipulatives on them.  These included marbles, graduated cylinders, chess pieces and even a balance beam.  Over the next hour, the presenter walked us through several different math labs we could do with our kids.  I walked out of there re-energized, feeling excited about the new found possibilities I could try out to

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