I Am Right! A Follow-up To My Rant About Online Reading

The future of books (Photo credit: Johan Larsson) On Monday, I posted some thoughts regarding an article from last week’s Washington Post that was titled Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say.  I was excited to see a rebuttal to Michael Rosenwald’s perspective by his Washington Post colleague Valerie Strauss this […]

Don’t Miss This Month’s Parent Tech Night – Social Media And Our Children

Social Media and Our Children Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Marshall Simonds Middle School Learning Commons 7-8 PM  As a parent of three, I am amazed at the role social media plays in the lives of my three children. While doing my best to keep tabs on my son Timothy who is a 9th grader and […]

Testing, Testing, 1,2,3…

 (Photo credit: MrSchuReads) As I read through Marion Brady’s great article in The Answer Sheet titled A REAL Paradigm Shift, I can’t help thinking about how difficult it is to create an educational experience for our students that is vastly different than the one we experienced ourselves.  When we talk about redesigning our curriculum, we […]

What Are Standardized Tests Preparing Our Kids For?

  (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Over the weekend, an interesting article titled A warning to college profs from a high school teacher ran in The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet Column.  The article, which has generated well over 1,000 comments already, was written by award-winning high school teacher Kenneth Bernstein from Washington, D.C.  Despite the article’s title, Bernstein is really […]

The End of Standardized Testing? Hey, A Guy Can Dream…

 (Photo credit: Ken Whytock) As many of us in education dream about a public education system that is not predicated on standardized test scores, there is actually movement in some places to put an end (or at least a pause) to the ridiculous rat race of “high-stakes testing” we have been involved in.  Sam Chaltain […]

Ramblings From My Reading (Edition 1)

One of my favorite things to do is read about education. My main source of information is the numerous blogs that I follow through my Google Reader account. Last year I was pretty good about sharing some of the things that I found most interesting each week and now, since we are a few weeks […]

Thanks To Ms. Hayes and Her Class For A Great Morning!

Thanks to Ms. Hayes and her fourth grade class for inviting me to morning meeting today and sharing so many of the exciting things that they have bee up to lately.  The visit started with all of us in a circle greeting each other by saying good morning to the people sitting immediately to our […]