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Drama Free Standardized Testing

Drama Free Standardized Testing

With the drop in academic achievements and the increase in standardized testing, students sliding through their education hopefully have become a thing of the past. Part of the teacher’s (as well as parents) job is now to prepare their children not only in subject matter but also to emotionally withstand the pressures that can come […]

 
Holiday Celebrations in Schools

Holiday Celebrations in Schools

When I went to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukah and Valentine’s Day were the predominant school holidays. Most teachers had their standard box-of-goodies to celebrate each of these special calendar days. Not much thought was put into “inclusion”, “diversity” or “offending someone”. Today, we need to be more conscience of how we approach holidays. Our student […]

 
Diversity in the Classroom – Part 2

Diversity in the Classroom – Part 2

Last week’s blog discussed several aspects which make up diversity in the classroom. In addition, we noted various learning styles and how best to address the needs of all students. This week, we will explore how to create a more respectful and accepting environment which celebrates each person’s uniqueness in this world. The goal is […]

 
Diversity in the Classroom – Part I

Diversity in the Classroom – Part I

Teachers are often the first to feel the impact of rising immigration rates within their classrooms. Hispanic and Asian students in American schools have increased by more than 5 million since the 1990’s! As practically every state is now touched by changing populations, it is particularly important for educators to be sensitive to various cultures […]

 
Creativity in the Classroom: Bring the Arts Back!

Creativity in the Classroom: Bring the Arts Back!

Most teachers and parents instinctively know that children need various modes of expression to fully develop into thriving, well-rounded adults with good self-esteem and a positive outlook on life. So, why have the arts taken a back burner to reading and math in our schools? Where is the creativity in the classroom?   Off hand, […]

 
Better Ways to Use Classroom Space

Better Ways to Use Classroom Space

Most of us do not have control over which classroom we are assigned. However, we can all find ways to make the best use of the space we have. As discussed in my last few blogs, teacher centered learning is becoming less fashionable while student cooperative learning is thriving. Additionally, teachers need to take into […]

 
Flipping-Out On the Flipped Classroom

Flipping-Out On the Flipped Classroom

With this technologically savvy generation wanting to capture everything on their iPhone (“Honey, I have a great clip of the baby coming out to post on youtube for all to see.”) to the desire for 15 minutes of fame (or more), one the latest teaching innovations to hit a local school near you is the […]

 
With Technology in the Classroom,  The Teacher is No Longer Center Stage – Part II

With Technology in the Classroom, The Teacher is No Longer Center Stage – Part II

Last week we explored some of the positive aspects of technology in the classroom. When used correctly, technology encourages students to be active learners, inspire greater creativity and thinking-out-of-the-box, and can even motivate underachieving or less social students to shine. Let’s take a further look at some pros and cons of this latest addition to […]

 
With Technology in the Classroom, the Teacher is No Longer Center Stage

With Technology in the Classroom, the Teacher is No Longer Center Stage

Most people believe that technology use in the classroom is a must to assure that our students have the skills and creative fortitude to function in this fast paced, Facebooked, iPhoned world. Assuming that schools have the budget for proper infrastructure, Internet providers, routers and modems that can handle the traffic generated by classroom use, […]

 
Mixed Gender Behaviors in the Classroom

Mixed Gender Behaviors in the Classroom

Following two blogs I posted which generally showed that studies have found that gearing education towards gender differences leads to more successful learning, (Facing Gender Differences in Education and Are Single Gender Classrooms Better?), CNN recently had an article discussing the growing trend towards neutralizing gender terminology and gender behaviors as a way to control […]

 
Compassionate Schools

Compassionate Schools

After my child had struggled through several mainstream schools, I decided to look into an alternative place known for its open-ended policies as well as its educational successes. As I interviewed with the principal, who was an older, somewhat hunch-backed gentleman, the door kept opening with young adults saying, “Excuse me. I just wanted to […]

 
Are Extracurricular Activities Really Extra?

Are Extracurricular Activities Really Extra?

Growing up, I was one of those kids who belonged to a variety of groups. I was a cheerleader, vice-president of my class, thespian, honors student, Sunday school scientist and party-girl. Through these varied experiences, I was able to develop a wide range of skills and also get a clearer picture of my likes, dislikes, […]

 
Is Social Media in the Classroom a Necessity or Distraction?

Is Social Media in the Classroom a Necessity or Distraction?

I recently had a telling experience while sitting at a friend’s dinner table. The mother asked her son how his class was today. He answered, “It got deleted”. Let’s be honest. Unless you are living under a rock, most of us are not only reliant on our computers for daily functioning but are also involved […]

 
Are Single Gender Classrooms Better?

Are Single Gender Classrooms Better?

From time immemorial, private religious schools have had single gender classrooms. For the past 15 some odd years, a few public schools have begun to experiment with this option in hopes that both boys and girls will thrive. Though somewhat “untraditional” to the public school system, perhaps this tactic will resolve many of the challenges […]

 
New Literacy Law-Too Much and Too Late?

New Literacy Law-Too Much and Too Late?

In the continuing effort to get our children reading, fourteen states have enacted a policy requiring third-graders who do not meet a reading standard to attend summer school and/or be held back. Summer school is costly and studies show that students held back often drop out of school. Is there a solution? This appears to […]