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Bloom’s taxonomy, presidential politics and education, evolving science ed, and more: Required Readings, 10.13.16

After a lengthy hiatus thanks to a cross-country move, a new job, and the resulting temporary dearth of spare brain cells, Required Readings has returned! Let’s start out nice and gentle with some pretty (yet educational) pictures: Visually striking depictions of Bloom’s taxonomy of classifying levels of expertise for instruction purposes. …

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Mizzou president resigns, forced pregnancy tests, special ed, and more: Required Readings, 11.08.15

The president of the University of Missouri resigned this morning in the wake of protests and a hunger strike over his handling of racism at the school. Girls in Sierra Leone are forced to undergo public pregnancy tests and physical examinations since the government banned pregnant girls from attending mainstream schools and …

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Emotion in academia, NCLB and special ed, student suicides, Georgetown quackademics, and more: Required Readings, 07.28.15

H/T to our mothership site, Skepchick, for drawing our attention to this article on why academia needs passionate, emotional women (and men). Was improving outcomes for special education students No Child Left Behind’s one big achievement? Meanwhile, discrimination against disabled students in higher education. Campus Suicide and the Pressure of …

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Burning out, school as refuge, religious mentoring, sticky teaching, overdone science PR, and special education assistance: Required Readings, 12.14.14

Welcome to another week of Required Readings! Burning up the Internet this week has been the repost of a 2013 blog column from a former teacher entitled “The day I knew for sure I was burned out.” I daresay she was not the first person whose final straw involved a …

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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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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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Competency Based Education, the cost of it all, please don’t ruin conferences, and technology means literacy for every one!! It’s Required Reading 3/16/2014

Well  here’s some stuff: Here’s a new thing that seems to make sense in a kind of hippie way, Competency Based Education. That is, take out norms and timelines,  and help  students master targeted skills. It costs  to be poor, taxes are higher, medical care is more expensive and so …

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Special Ed Defense, Teach for America, Khan Academy, and more math, earlier- Required Readings 3/9/2014

Everybody’s growing up or out!!! The struggle continues: a mom explains why her child deserves a education., even though he’s disabled. Why is this even a question? Some interesting developments over at Teach for America– someone over there is finally listening to the critics or maybe they think it’s a …

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Pop Quiz: Science and Special Learning Needs

This week, I’m engaged in a professional development workshop using the citizen science project Moon Mappers. I’ve been fortunate to work with two powerhouse teachers, now (mostly) retired, that developed much of the middle school lesson plan that ties Earth and lunar geology. Their combines classroom experience spans several decades …

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