Monthly Archives: March 2014

Flipped Classrooms: Educational Revolution or Unrealistic Mistake?

Flipped Classrooms: Educational Revolution or Unrealistic Mistake?
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Hertz Furniture video blogger Mor Rossler discusses the flipped classroom. This style of teaching reverses the order in which learning and lessons are shaped. Watch the video and leave a comment with your thoughts. What’s your experience with flipped classrooms? Do you think this is an effective teaching style?

 

 

Eliminating Racial Inequality in our Schools

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 “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

diversity awareness1 300x199 Eliminating Racial Inequality in our Schools

Just one month ago, the United States celebrated Black History Month. The nation has much to celebrate, as great strides in racial equality have been made across various planes of society. However, Time.com recently reported on a study by the Department of Education, which indicates that the work is far from finished. In fact, according to the report, fundamental racial inequality persists in the world of education.

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Video: Inquiry-Based Learning vs. Direct Learning

Inquiry-Based Learning vs. Direct Learning

 

Should teachers serve primarily as presenters of predetermined material or facilitators of student-initiated learning? Hertz Furniture video blogger Mor Rossler compares the strengths and weaknesses of inquiry-based learning and direct learning; watch the video to learn more about this fundamental pedagogical issue. What has been your experience with these two modes of classroom learning? Please share your thoughts with us!

Announcing the Launch of Hertz Furniture’s Educators’ Calendar of Events!

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calendar banner Announcing the Launch of Hertz Furniture’s Educators’ Calendar of Events!


If there is one universal fact of life for all teachers, it is this: teachers are busy! The list of daily tasks is seemingly infinite: marking papers, planning for the next day, meeting with students, fulfilling lunch duty, and on and on. It’s a testament to the hard work teachers put in every day, but it is also a serious challenge. The busy schedule leaves little time for teachers to work on their own professional development, whether it’s catching up on the latest articles, engaging in peer evaluation, or attending a conference.  For some, professional development seems helplessly out of reach.

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Charter School Growth for 2013-14: Celebration and Caution

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Charter Charter School Growth for 2013 14: Celebration and Caution


Guest Blogger: Ember Reichgott Junge


The new numbers on growth of charter schools over the last year exceeded even my expectations.  The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (www.publiccharters.org) recently released these numbers:  600 new public charter schools opened their doors in September, 2013, for 7% growth in the number of operating public charter schools and 13% growth in public charter school enrollment across the U.S compared to the 2012-13 school year.


Today there are over 2.5 million students attending more than 6,400 public charter schools, with over one million names on waiting lists.  Perhaps the most surprising data is 100% growth in charter school enrollment since 2008-2009.  None of this was even on our radar screen when we passed the first law back in 1991.

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