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Positive Postcards
posted by: Jill | September 15, 2010, 10:30 am   

“Miss! My mom got the postcard you sent! ” exclaims Andrea through a genuine grin of pleasure.

Searching for more positive reinforcement ideas?  Postcards.  All discipline plans need to address the consequences of student behavior.   And remember, consequences can also be positive.  Sending postcards was one of my positive reinforcement techniques. Continue Reading...

TIME Poll: Americans’ Diverse Views on Education
posted by: Alix | September 13, 2010, 10:17 am   

Last week Time Magazine released a thought-provoking poll of 1,000 randomly sampled Americans from across the country on sentiments toward education and the wave of reforms sweeping the country.

Although 67% of Americans believe the schools systems are in “crisis”, optimism remains strong.  Ninety percent of those polled believe it is, in fact, possible to turn it all around, answering affirmatively to, “Do you think it is possible to make changes that would dramatically improve student performance in our public schools — or do you think this is a problem that is impossible to solve?” Continue Reading...

New York Magazine Features Waiting For ‘Superman’
posted by: Alix | September 10, 2010, 09:38 am   

Not too often a forum for education reform, New York magazine ran a piece this week entitled, “Schools: The Disaster Movie”. The article features the upcoming release of the much anticipated film by An Inconvenient Truth director, Davis Guggenheim, and what most certainly will be a rallying cry for reformers and an outrage for the unions. Continue Reading...

How Well Are You Prepared for a Substitute?
posted by: Jill | September 09, 2010, 11:19 am   

Are you prepared for your first substitute of the year?  Maybe you’ll be able to plan for your inevitable absence from school, but maybe not.  Either way—contemplate creating a binder or improving the one you have created already.

I could have used a substitute binder my first year of teaching when a sledding accident grounded me to my bed for two weeks.  Creating lesson plans while flat on my back was horrible.  Even worse was writing down my rules and procedures for the classroom.  I was on pain killers, need I say more? Continue Reading...

Samuelson: Student Motivation to Blame for Education Woes
posted by: Colin | September 07, 2010, 08:55 am   

Columnist Robert Samuelson is putting "school reform" on notice. "Few subjects inspire more intellectual dishonesty and political puffery than 'school reform,'" writes Samuelson in yesterday's Washington Post. Why the harsh words for such a popular issue? Continue Reading...

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