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Back to basics- Required Reading, June 19, 2014

Everybody teaches, and everybody learns. If you’re wondering what it’s all about – chew on this: Help yourself to these helpful notes on Paolo Friere!  Here’s a fave: To teach is not to transfer knowledge but to create the possibilities for the production or construction of knowledge.   And a little primary …

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Speecharella looks at pragmatics therapy for the internet. It’s Required Reading June 13, 2014

Speecharella’s now on an abbreviated work week for summer services, so she’s been able to spend some time studying interventions for online participants who demonstrate deficits or delays I’m the area of online pragmatics- that is the use of language in social contexts. Here, at Big Questions Online,  is a post …

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Reading Rainbow Returns, Speecharella on vacation from snark!! Required Reading 6/5/2014

Yikes! Summer’s here for sure! Here are some ideas for enrichment!! Are you missing school already or are you still trying to drink your burnout away? You might need a little Reading Rainbow!  Is there anybody who doesn’t?  What ever happened to it anyway?  Was it just another 26 year …

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Harassment by FOIA, data mines on the auction block, keeping up with tech-savvy pre-kinders: Welcome to Required Reading 5/30/2014

Who needs the NSA when you’ve got UVA students up in arms about a letter of clarification? How are we going to get anything changed in the law  if you can’t have an argument in writing without being harassed via FOIA requests?  Lawyers are the voice of the people in the …

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Contrarian highlights & a tiny baby horse video- It’s Required Reading 5/23/2014

Ooh -Speecharella is all allergic, late & grumpy- so let’s do this: Gary Rubenstein wonders how much math do students really need? Diane Ravitch’s readers weigh in. Mercedes Schneider asks TFA members fairly obvious but somehow hard-hitting questions about what the hell they think they’re doing. Doni Wilson offers trigger warnings for Hamlet. …

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Civil rights in charter schools, funding cuts, tenure hijinks, Oh students! Sing to me, with love! It’s Required Reading 5/15/2014

Ok – here’s some stuff : Dept of Ed   reminds charter schools that they are not  excused from students’ civil rights, probably in response to stuff like this, or this Here’s some reminders of exasperating shit: An interview with Principal John Kuhn, whose letter from the Alamo went viral a few years ago. …

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Higher ed for people with disabilities, Justice Dept. stands up for kids right to an education, Marion Harding HS isn’t so into that, drown your sorrows with KYOOTness! It’s Required Reading 5/8/2014

First the good: Rutgers Univ. is working on adding a program for  students with intellectual disabilities. If you want more information on what’s already  out there , you can check in with Think College!, and also try   AHEAD. Now something to make you feel hopeful but combative: the Justice Department  has reminded …

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Do teachers make kids more valuable? OR I’m not here to make widgets! It’s Required Reading Mayday 2014!

Well, let’s see what’s been bugging me this morning: For  “Value Added Teacher Evaluation”, which is part of the trinity of corporate educational reform ( along with charter schools and Common Core), Houston teachers are saying No Thank You.  The terminology is disturbing to me. It seems to indicate that …

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In-Bloom wilts, debit cards for student loans, college enrollment declines, special ed brings people out : Required Reading 4/24/2014

Let’s get to it: The In-Bloom data mine is going under. I wonder what their going out of business sale will be like. Has this really been going on?  Schools delivering financial aid through debit cards with high access fees? College enrollment has been in decline since 2009. Is everybody …

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Bible study in OK, racist mascots, Autism Dx, paddling, fake classes at UNC, a little parenting is more than enough – It’s Required Reading 4/17/2014!!

Let’s get to it- Hobby Lobby CEO Steve Green has sponsored a 4-year course on the Bible to be piloted in an Oklahoma public school district. Here’s quote from the article on it by the religious news service: ” The nearest two synagogues are not in town — and are populated with …

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