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The Debate For an Extended School Day

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Hertz Furniture video blogger Mor Rossler discusses the debate for an extended school day. Many argue that we should be focusing on improving the quality of classrooms and teaching rather than paying teachers more for extra hours. Watch the video and learn more about the debate for en extended school day.

What do you think about an extended school day?

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Hertz Furniture is proud to host the School Matters Blog about current educational topics of interest to educational leaders including educational technology, classrooms of the future, flipped classrooms and more. Some topics may be controversial and the views and opinions presented by the blog authors are their own and do not necessarily represent the views and positions of Hertz Furniture, its owners or employees.  We hope you will enjoy our insights in educational leadership.


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Tsivya Fox has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Queen’s College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the State University of Oneonta.  She has three children and has published a beloved children’s book.

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Five Lessons from Football for Teachers

Football and Education
This is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s not the winter snow that has me excited; it’s football. Over the next two glorious weeks, football’s four best teams will battle it out on the gridiron to determine this season’s champion. It recently dawned upon me that are some striking parallels between football and education. True, the salaries of a starting running back and a seventh grade math teacher aren’t exactly identical, or – ok, let’s be honest - anywhere near each other. However, I think we educators have much to learn from the game of football. Here are the five lessons that football teaches teachers:

Five Hours of Community Service in Forty-Five Minutes: Thoughts on Moral Education

School Community Service Ideas
Picture the scene: It’s Final Exams Week in a local high school. Students are scampering down the hallway, rushing from their lockers to their classrooms. Amid the bustling, nervously looking at his watch, one student complains to another: “Great. I have forty-five minutes to perform my five hours of community service.” The panicked student is referring to the hours of volunteering that the school has included in its high school curriculum. Each student is obligated to fulfill these five hours of volunteer service any way he sees fit, at any time, before the end of the semester. In fact, students are only admitted to their final exams after submitting their community service form, which lists the time and location of their community service. Apparently one student has neglected to serve his community for five hours that semester. This is a true story I recently heard, one that touches upon some fundamental questions about how we educate our students in the moral and civic realms.

Video: Integrating Social Media in The Classroom!

Social Media in the Classroom
Hertz Furniture video blogger Mor Rossler discusses the role of social media in education today. Google images and youtube videos are just some of the ways that students are experiencing information in a way that they have never done before. Game based learning sites, blogs, and twitter are allowing students to connect to the world in new ways. Watch the video and learn more about using social media in the classroom!