Should There Be Upheaval Over the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic?

Saying The Pledge Of Allegiance in Schools
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Depositphotos 7651210 xs 300x200 Should There Be Upheaval Over the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic?Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, New York made headlines recently for their celebration of National Foreign Language week. Inaugurated in 1957 by the Alpha Mu Gammar Honor Society to help make students aware of how vital foreign language study is, schools are free to choose various activities which expose students to foreign languages.

Though Spanish and French are usually the main languages explored, Italian and German are sometimes included as well. However, as the U. S. melting pot expands its horizons, exposure to more languages seems appropriate.

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Does ADHD Exist?

Does ADHD Exist?

Depositphotos 23269746 s 300x300 Does ADHD Exist?Anyone who has been around children (and even some adults) and certainly those of us who have been in a classroom, have experienced someone diagnosed with ADHD. In fact, in the US today, 1 in 10 male children are being medicated for the disorder and one in eight children in school are now said to suffer from some sort of mental disorder! The New York Times recently reported that from 2008 to 2012 the number of adults taking medications for ADHD increased by 53% and that among young American adults, it nearly doubled.

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Bringing Nature Inside – The Benefits of Biophilic Design to Schools Part 2

Biophilic Design

How to Incorporate Biophilic Design in the Classroom

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There are three categories that serve as the foundation for biophilic design and the user experience:

 

  1. Nature in the Space

Incorporate living elements such as plants, water and animals in built environments. For example, in the classroom include potted plants, aquariums, water features, natural daylight and accessible views of nature from inside the classroom. These direct connections to nature, especially dynamic nature that incorporates movement, produce the strongest biophilic reactions.

 

  1. Natural Analogs

Design features that are reminiscent of aspects of nature. This is achieved by incorporating elements that represent nature without bringing in live elements. Examples include fabrics with organic patterns such as leaves, flowers, animals and seashells, photographs of natural scenes such as meadows, beaches or forests, natural materials such as wood, cork and stone and earth-tone color palettes (blues, greens and warm neutrals). Incorporating such representational design elements within the built environment still allows students to connect with nature in an indirect way also evoking positive effects.

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Bringing the Bible Back to Public School-Part 3

Two Young Men Sitting On Public School Steps Discussing The Bible

Depositphotos 31717905 s 300x199 Bringing the Bible Back to Public School Part 3In our first blog about Bibles in public schools, we discussed the history of the concept of “separation of church and state” and the extreme differences in understanding where this idea comes from and how schools follow this edict. In our second blog on the subject, we asked: Can the Bible as literature be taught without affecting religious sensibilities? Can one truly present the Bible without imparting some of our own beliefs into the process?

 

Now, we will explore how those who want the Bible in our public schools feel this issue should be handled.

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Bringing the Bible Back in Public School-Part 2

Bible Back In Public Schools?

Depositphotos 11637662 s 199x300 Bringing the Bible Back in Public School Part 2Last week, we discussed the history of the concept of “separation of church and state”. We noted extremely different degrees of religious tolerance in school systems. Some public schools consider the Bible as contraband while others are actually distributing them on school grounds.

 

Similar to last week’s story about the Bartow County, Georgia school district being sued for allowing Bibles to be distributed in their schools, Orange County, Florida is now up against a similar fight.

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Bringing the Bible Back in Public Schools-Part I

Bible in Public Schools

Depositphotos 11476444 s 200x300 Bringing the Bible Back in Public Schools Part IThe 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 make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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Rotting to the Core – Common Core Standards

Where are Common Core Standards Taking Education?

 

Depositphotos 61521475 s 300x300 Rotting to the Core   Common Core StandardsIn 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.

 

Parents are stating many reasons for opting out of public school for their children. Some believe that the Common Core is pushing a left –wing political agenda since it is a Washington backed curriculum. Others feel that parental input has been denied in favor of the goals set by the creators of the Common Core. Additionally, it has become clear to many that the quality and content of the Common Core standards are aimed at theoretically preparing students for the workforce instead of giving them a well-rounded, superior education.

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Project Solutions for 21st Century Classrooms

Project Solutions for 21 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 including space, logistics, planning and of course, budget constraints.  How can you relieve the stress, design and succeed while  keeping to your plans and budget?  Watch this 1 minute video!

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Bringing Nature Inside – The Benefits of Biophilic Design to Schools

Biophilic Design - Add nature to your 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 and well-being.
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The Call on Cell Phone Policies in Schools – Part 2

Students Text Messaging in School - Cell Phone Policies in Schools
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, I’d like to further discuss the addiction factor. A 2011 study found that removing a Smartphone from a high-user for 24 hours resulted in both physical and mental withdrawal symptoms such as fidgeting, feelings of isolation and anxiety.
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Simplifying The Process of Creating a School Budget Infographic

Simplifying the process of creating a school budget infographic
Hertz Furniture is proud to share the Simplifying The Process of Creating a School Budget Infographic with you. Although budget requirements vary by state to state and district to district, by breaking down school budgets into the main categories to be considered we can start to simplify and discuss how to successfully build a school budget.
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Hardwood Stools Come to the Rescue!

Grandma Margaret's Hardwood Stool by the Parrot Cage

The Ultimate in Flexible Furniture

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So I’m just a grandma who retired in 2012 and downsized to a one-bedroom condo. But with eight grand-kids, I knew that I would often need extra seating available, but not big chairs that would take up a lot of space when not in use. As always, I began my search online and ended up at Hertz Furniture. What better idea than sturdy stools that are made to endure the abuse of school children day after day, year after year? I decided to order five of the hardwood stools.

 

Fast forward two years and we are once again preparing for another Thanksgiving dinner. Along with the regular dining chairs and a couple desk chairs, the five stools complete our seating requirements.

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The Call on Cell Phone Policies in Schools – Part I

Cell Phones in

Depositphotos 48453755 s 300x199 The Call on Cell Phone Policies in Schools    Part IWe’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 at a funeral when…RING/BUZZ/DING goes off and, even worse, the person answers their phone and starts a conversation! And, let us not forget that driving has now become like an obstacle course with trying to avoid swerving cars as they text and drive or with pedestrians who never look up from their phones. The examples are endless.

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Teaching Current Events in a Turbulent World

Globe with newspapers for teaching current events

Depositphotos 12381638 s 300x300 Teaching Current Events in a Turbulent WorldWhen 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 page news. Day after day, more and more explicit and sensational details emerged about what went on between them. Newspapers went from being a must in every household to a serious decency problem for people who had children in their homes. I know many people who felt that they could no longer have newspapers laying around for fear that their children would learn all too quickly the details of adulthood.

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Create A Successful Learning Space!

Infographic - Using Classroom 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.
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