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Featured Blog Posts – December 2012 Archive (5)

Welcoming the New Year with a Slow and Steady Fire

I’m a big fan of Carly Simon. I have been for many years. I love her music, admire her talent and have been stunned by the honest ways she’s shared her life’s journey.

On this new year’s eve, I was feeling nostalgic and was searching for music on my iPod that would suit my mood.

I found it.

This song by Simon spoke to me and I knew I had to share it…

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Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on December 31, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Arm Teachers?

I hate the fact that this country has been thrown into this discussion the way that it has. The events leading to this discussion were costly and horrific. As I have stated before we need to discuss the facts and not propaganda or demagogy. We should also examine the facts without emotion which, in light of events and the victims, seems an impossible task. Educators have now been thrust into the discussion as a result of so many schools being victimized. There is also a consideration by some…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on December 21, 2012 at 5:21pm — No Comments

The role of innovation and creation

David Hughes, founder of Decision Labs and professor at UNC Chapel Hill, argues that innovation is an essential skill for our global economy. In talking about creativity in schools he says, much of the blame for a lack of creativity, and therefore innovation, can be traced to our traditional educational systems.

What we do now to educate students will not be, cannot be, what we do five…

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Added by Scott Kinkoph on December 19, 2012 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Trying to make sense of a senseless act

This is probably the wrong time to sit down and address what has just happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. All of the details are not yet out, but the news media has made many statements and assumptions that seem to hold up myths about schools that we continue to hear each time another of this growing number of horrendous incidents explodes on the TV screen. Reporters continue to ask the question, “Were all of the security and safety measures in place and adhered…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on December 14, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Are we preparing students for life?

We are preparing our students for life. I hear so many educators use this sentence when asked, what is the purpose of education? Many years ago I believed that to be true as well. Maybe many generation s back it may have been true. In consideration of all that I observe, even with some great innovation,  and a whole bunch of technology integration that is taking place in so many schools across the country, I don’t believe “preparing our students for life” is the focus or goal of education…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on December 12, 2012 at 11:14am — No Comments

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