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November 2010 Blog Posts (24)

Differentiating = Good Teaching


Added by Akevy Greenblatt on November 29, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Need help with collecting data for a student project

Hi all,

I need help collecting data for a student project. My student is looking to see if there is a relationship between the speed someone is traveling on a long board (which is a type of skateboard) and how quickly they can stop.

Please ask them to watch the following video so they get an idea of how it works. They will need to be able to record their own video of themselves and add their data to the form linked…

Added by David Wees on November 26, 2010 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Pleasure and Satisfaction in Learning – a 21st Century Core Attitude for Success

The activities exposed by Chronicle of Higher Education in the article “The Shadow Scholar” and the revelation of widespread cheating at the University of Central Florida are manifestations of values gone awry in our society. These are the values we have embraced and passed on. We talk about how important education is to society, our kids and ourselves. Yet our real beliefs are displayed by our actions, which are… Continue

Added by Terry Eberhart on November 24, 2010 at 3:22pm — No Comments

A Fun Way to Build Student Vocabulary

A Fun and Effective way to Build Student Vocabulary

I have to share another fabulous technique I’ve learned in the brilliant BrainSMART program. This technique revolves around vocabulary building.

Why Vocabulary Matters…

Added by Diane Dahl on November 24, 2010 at 10:51am — No Comments

Keep the National Day of Blogging for Ed Reform Conversation Going

Spend time this holiday reading the incredible #blog4reform archive! The links to hundreds of great ideas are listed at and

Please leave comments when you read a blog post. It will help all of us to keep the momentum going that began first with Tom Whitby's blogging event last month.

Added by David Britten on November 24, 2010 at 9:07am — No Comments

Radical ... But Not New ...

This is my first blog post on The Educator's PLN ... I thank you for not closing this window!

My name is Christal Thompson and I have taught for 10 years. Currently I teach "high octane" high school sophomores through seniors computer programming. Prior to teaching I was a computer analyst/programmer and systems designer for 15 years.

I am just about finished with my M.Ed. (only two weeks left!) in Curriculum & Instruction - Technology. For my…


Added by Christal Thompson on November 23, 2010 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Losing Quality Teachers – Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2, I discussed the fact that we are losing quality teachers as a result of new teacher burnout as well as retiring experienced teachers. I have shared what I believe to be the personal effects that high teacher turnover has on students who will miss out on the guidance and mentorship I received from past teachers of mine. The impact of losing quality teachers is not only detrimental for our students; it also bears significant financial repercussions for local economies and the…


Added by Meredith Harris on November 23, 2010 at 10:54am — No Comments

Trust Me

Let me teach.

I know how to teach..

I have a Masters degree.

I can do more than read from a script.

Trust me.

Let me teach.

I know how kids think.

I've been doing this for 30 years.

I know more than my supervisors.

Trust me.

Let me teach.

I know what's important.

I care about my kids as adults.

I know learning is not reflected in a test score.

Trust me.

Let me teach.

I have a passion for it.… Continue

Added by Mark Ahlness on November 23, 2010 at 2:17am — No Comments

Educational Reform

Originally posted at my blog at culturally relevant education.

Can we fire our way to success?

Absolutely not. I would love to see how experienced teachers are at non-AYP and

AYP schools, as in the current system, more experienced teachers earn

more money. At most of the schools I've been at that were… Continue

Added by wstenross on November 23, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

One educational reform I would like to see

this is crossposted from Daily Kos

is for America to move away from the entire cohort approach to education. The idea of children moving through subjects at the same pace because they happen to be approximately the same age

might be good for the convenience of adults, but has little to do with how our children…


Added by Kenneth Bernstein on November 22, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

My 9 Questions for Reflective School Reform Leaders

In response to the November 22: Day of National Blogging for Real Education Reform, I have posed nine questions for school leaders to consider. They're organized around three themes and a concluding recommendation. Readers might also want to review my post "… Continue

Added by Peter Pappas on November 22, 2010 at 10:33am — No Comments

Strategy to Improve Attention Span

Strategy to Improve Attention Span

If you’ve followed my blog For the Love of Teaching for long, you know I love to blog about things I’m learning in the BrainSMART Masters degree program. I’ve recently discovered something new…

Added by Diane Dahl on November 22, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Experience Matters

Please read my blog post, Experience Matters at Magistra's Musings. These are my thoughts in response to recent comments by Arne Duncan and President Obama.

Added by Danja Mahoney on November 22, 2010 at 8:22am — No Comments

Student Created Readers Theater

Student Created Readers Theater

I’m trying to create more brain-friendly lessons based on what I am learning in my BrainSMART classes. One point of research suggests that students do much better when their subjects are integrated as much as possible. That gave me another bright idea…… Continue

Added by Diane Dahl on November 22, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Let's Ask Kids How They Learn

I think most teachers already realize that it's important to engage their students and that a student's learning engagement actually bumps up student achievement significantly. However, if they are at all like me, then they also need to be reminded of what works for kids. What is the best way to be reminded of this? By asking kids! Find out how kids best learn by asking the kids. What an amazing concept, eh?

I was fortunate enough to be part of a "Look to Learn"…

Added by Irene Farmer on November 19, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

I'm the Mayor of SpellingCity

Hi, I am the founder and Mayor (self proclaimed, no voting) of, a website for working on vocabulary, spelling, basic skills (handwriting, alphabetical order, grammar), and writing skills.

I don't get out much so I thought I'd do some virtual visiting around.

We have all sorts of teacher resources such as learning games and lists available for use. Here's a few ideas:…


Added by john edelson on November 17, 2010 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Shambles Newsletter November 2010 ... online

Shambles Newsletter November 2010

Added by Shamblesguru on November 13, 2010 at 4:02am — No Comments

Losing Quality Teachers – Part 2

In an earlier post, I discussed the tendency of new educators to leave the teaching profession in the infancy of their careers and asked why and what can be done to support new teachers. New teacher burnout isn’t the only cause of high turnover in today’s schools: Thousands of baby boomer teachers are at retirement-age. Schools are now faced with the problem of replacing younger new teachers as well as retiring experienced teachers.…


Added by Meredith Harris on November 12, 2010 at 11:43am — No Comments

Losing Quality Teachers – Part 1

Half of new U.S. teachers are likely to quit the profession within the first five years, according to a 2006

study from the National Education Association. One-third of all public school teachers leave the profession within the first three years, states the documentary First Year Teaching. According to the NFLPA, the average career of an NFL player is three and a half seasons. We are replacing teachers faster than football teams are replacing linebackers!…


Added by Meredith Harris on November 10, 2010 at 11:18am — No Comments

Keys to consider before hiring an e-learning Project

By Carlos Biscay (director of e-ABC)

Some years ago, when the online training began to consolidate as a global industry and the first high impact implementations began to develop in Latin America, Elliot Masie, founder of The MASIE Center and the Online Learning Council, emphasized the close relationship between competitiveness and virtual education. Besides stressing the important role that this type of training started to have in different…


Added by Constanza Donadio on November 9, 2010 at 6:46pm — No Comments

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"I am the greatest"

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