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Bringing the Bible Back in Public Schools-Part I

Bringing the Bible Back in Public Schools-Part I

The average citizen, school superintendant or teacher knows that in the United States of America there is something referred to as the “separation of church and state”. Where did this come from? What does it mean? And, how is it affecting us today?   The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights states: Congress shall […]

 
Rotting to the Core – Common Core Standards

Rotting to the Core – Common Core Standards

  In June 2014, I wrote Let’s Improve Reading…Again which touched upon the topic of the Common Core standards not achieving its goals of improving the math and reading scores of our students. Since that time, many parents have decided that home-schooling is a better choice than submitting their children to the Common Core standards. […]

 
Project Solutions for 21st Century Classrooms

Project Solutions for 21st Century Classrooms

  Introducing 21rst century classrooms into our already existing school infrastructure is a challenge that school leaders including principals, assistant principals, school business managers and edtech professionals are facing today.   Whether you expanding or renovating school, are in the midst of school construction or are planning a new school, you will face many challenges […]

 
Bringing Nature Inside – The Benefits of Biophilic Design to Schools

Bringing Nature Inside – The Benefits of Biophilic Design to Schools

   What is Biophilic Design and How Does it Benefit the Classroom?   Biophilia is humankind’s instinctive biological connection with nature. Due to the considerable amount of time people generally spend indoors, there is a need for biophilic design to connect humans to nature even when they are in man-made environments. This connection nurtures health […]

 
The Call on Cell Phone Policies in Schools – Part 2

The Call on Cell Phone Policies in Schools – Part 2

Last week’s blog discussed the facts that 1. Mobile devices seem to be here to stay. 2. They are addictive for young and old alike. 3. They cause serious distraction and social interaction challenges. 4. They increase bullying.   Before diving into the various cell phone policies in schools which schools can take towards mobile devices, […]

 
Simplifying The Process of Creating a School Budget Infographic

Simplifying The Process of Creating a School Budget Infographic

                                                    Every school principal has faced the school budget challenge.   Hertz Furniture is proud to share the Simplifying The Process of Creating a School Budget Infographic with you.  Although budget […]

 
The Call on Cell Phone Policies in Schools –  Part I

The Call on Cell Phone Policies in Schools – Part I

We’ve all done it or experienced it. You are sharing something deeply personal with a friend when their phone rings. “Oh, sorry. I’ll just be a minute.” they say, leaving you wondering just how deep this relationship really is. A couple is out for a romantic dinner ‘together’ and…both are on their cell phones. You’re […]

 
Teaching Current Events in a Turbulent World

Teaching Current Events in a Turbulent World

When I was a student, current events was a standard part of the yearly curriculum. Though I remember few creative uses for the day’s newspaper cutouts, it did force us to be somewhat more knowledgeable of local and world events.   Then, in the mid-1990’s, the President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal became front […]

 
Create A Successful Learning Space!

Create A Successful Learning Space!

<  Researchers have recently offered helpful insights on maximizing success in learning by creating an appropriate learning space. It’s not all about the teaching. There is plenty to be said about the best usage of classroom space.   Educators, take note:     The traditional classroom layout of desks in rows limits student engagement. A […]

 
Breaking Down School Budgets

Breaking Down School Budgets

Many administrators find the creation and maintaining of school budgets a great challenge. Similar to household finances, one must not only honestly evaluate needs but also have a clear idea of where money is being spent and how to cut back or even increase expenditures where necessary.   Although budget requirements vary from district to […]

 
The School Budget Challenge

The School Budget Challenge

Most of us have experienced the cutting of school funds along with the demand for greater student success. How can we best meet these challenges? Firstly, it is crucial to know how much money is actually being spent. For the purposes of this blog, we will focus just on the classroom.   Do you know […]

 
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 […]