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Let's See, What Can I Fix Today?

Posted November 22, 2010 | 15:10:43 (EST)

I heard the comment the other day, "if it can't be fixed in five minutes, with what's on hand, then don't mention it." I started thinking about students in Reading Workshop and how this might apply to them, and their education.

Seventy-three missed homework assignments this year really...

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Do We Need a Little Character Education Today?

Posted November 10, 2010 | 19:05:48 (EST)

"Did you have fun with your partner?" she whispered with a sneer to the girl in the seat next to her. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, because the comment wasn't meant for me to hear.

Shala just looked at her and shrugged...

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What Makes a Good School

Posted November 4, 2010 | 20:19:49 (EST)

One paragraph doesn't tell the story of a book. Similarly, one test doesn't tell the tale of a school. The recent spotlight on school quality should help ensure a better education for all students. However, using one tool, and one as limited as a one or two day test doesn't...

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How Technology is Making Students Better Writers

Posted November 1, 2010 | 13:31:27 (EST)

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Have you used Twitter lately? Currently there are over 160 million registered users. More than 90M tweets are written per day. Yet this communication tool that so many people have found so useful is similar to one that many teachers claim is ruining...

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Integrating Technology -- and it's Cheap too

Posted October 19, 2010 | 02:44:31 (EST)

Parents, students, and teachers agree, technology should be incorporated into language arts education. Unfortunately, in most cases one-to one computers are seen as a dream, instead of the reality. The cost involved stops most schools before they begin to even attempt to achieve this.

In a Web 2.0 classroom, students...

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Superman 2: The Other Side of the Story

Posted October 14, 2010 | 02:46:38 (EST)

Education is in a crisis.

Set off the alarms. Students and parents everywhere are desperately Waiting for Superman to come and save the day. Oprah is shouting for Americans to wake up. The only good schools are charter schools. Public schools are failing to educate...

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These Kids Today

Posted October 6, 2010 | 13:33:50 (EST)

Ashley walked to school today. For a lot of students that is not such a big deal, but Ashley lives two and a half miles away. This eleven year old walked along a busy state highway, with no sidewalk. She was a little late, red-faced and slightly out of breath,...

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