Monthly Archives: July 2014

Charter Schools – Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained?

Charter School
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meridian charter school 007 300x200 Charter Schools   Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained?Charter schools are publicly funded institutions which operate independently thus giving the freedom to experiment with educating students in any way which they feel will bring the greatest success. 72 cities in the US enroll about 10% of their children in 5000 charter schools nationwide. 55% of these students are black and Hispanic from a lower socioeconomic status.

 

The charter school concept, starting in 1992, was meant to find better ways for educating children. Creativity would lead to discovery which would be transferred over to the public school system. Charter schools tend to pay their teachers about 15% above union scale though there is no tenure. These teachers work a long 60 hour week, sometimes causing early burn out. However, teacher proponents say that they enjoy the freedom allotted to develop their classroom as they see fit.

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Student Wins Gold Medal Using Hertz Furniture Products in Design Plan!

Design Plan Using Hertz Furniture Products

designplan9 300x225 Student Wins Gold Medal Using Hertz Furniture Products in Design Plan!In an outstanding display of innovative and inspired teaching, Kay-Lynne Schaller guided her student to win a Gold medal in the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio on July 11 th for her design plan for a “More Exciting Classroom” project using Hertz Furniture’s school furniture products. Hertz Furniture recognizes both Mrs. Schaller’s and her student, Allie Ruf’s efforts in constructing this project and winning a Gold medal. Congratulations Mrs. Schaller and Allie!

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Video: Wellness and Health Education

Video: Wellness and Health Education

 

Is there a place in our schools for teaching our students wellness and fitness? While physical education classes have always been a part of our education system, is there a place for developing and strengthening a health education curriculum that encourages students to live a healthy and responsible lifestyle? Watch the video and share your thoughts!

 

 


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Top 15 Things Teachers Hate Infographic

15 things teachers hate

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Hertz Furniture presents the Top 15 things Teachers Hate Infographic.  Paperwork, Meetings, Uncomfortable Teacher Chairs and more. The infograhic was compiled from real responses from real teachers on our Facebook page.

 

Which is your favorite? What things related to teaching do you hate?

 

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K-12 Class Size And Student Success Infographic

Class size Infographic

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Hertz Furniture is proud to present the Correlation Between K-12 Class Size And Student Success Infographic.  Are smaller classes more effective?  Does the age of the students make a difference in considering class size? Should the impact of class size be discounted in favor of focusing on Teacher Effectiveness?  Our infographic answers these and more questions. Have a look now!

 

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Student Data Sharing: Is this “Big Brother Watching”?

Big brother is watching

Depositphotos 24541561 s 300x199 Student Data Sharing: Is this Big Brother Watching?Readers be forewarned; I am about to age myself. When I was in school, George Orwell’s “1984” was required reading. We couldn’t imagine then that much of what the book presented would be experienced in our lifetime. “Big Brother is watching” is a common euphemism in English vernacular. With today’s search engine targeted advertising, satellite cell phone use and cloud storage, we know that little of what we do, say or write is private. In fact, it is accepted behavior to put on public forums like Facebook and other social media outlets what would have been considered private information only a decade ago. The question is often asked, “Is anything sacred anymore?”

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Infographic: What Makes An Effective Teacher? Part II

Effective Teacher

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Hertz Furniture is proud to present the What Makes An Effective Teacher? infographic series!  Environmental influences such as classroom resources, appropriate class size and comfortable lighting, temperature and air quality are just a few of the things that make an effective teacher.

 

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Does Class Size Really Matter?

Crowded Class Size

Depositphotos 4761208 m 300x200 Does Class Size Really Matter?As educators, I believe that most of us would prefer fewer students to teach than a larger amount. We might feel that we can give more personal student attention, maintain better control and have less papers to grade. In addition, we may assume that students would have greater opportunities to thrive if there were not as much competition. But, what do the studies suggest?

 

I recently listened to a fascinating interview with Malcolm Gladwell about “Desirable Difficulties”. One of the subjects he discusses is class size. Without quoting a source, he stated that smaller student/teacher ratio brings “great success” in learning. However, there is an inverted bell curve to this situation. Fewer than 20 students in a classroom actually can have a negative effect on learning. Some reasons stated were that there are not enough students for rich classroom discussions, one child can dominate the room and, if a student is struggling, he has no peer to struggle along with.

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Infographic: What Makes An Effective Teacher?

What makes an effective teacher?

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Hertz Furniture is proud to present the What Makes An Effective Teacher? Infographic!  Teacher Influences such as pedagogical knowledge, content knowledge and professional development are just a few of the things that make an effective teacher.

 

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