No one really enjoys standardized tests, but what do we know about them? Parents worry over the stress it induces in children. Teachers have had enough of overanxious administrators. Administrators complain the scores don’t accurately reflect learning. Kids loathe tests in general.However, can anyone recall the real reasons standardized tests were introduced in the first place?First of all, they aren’t all bad....more
For the past 24 hours or so, the English-speaking world has been ablaze with the mystery of the blue/black/white/gold dress. What colour is it really? Is the whole thing a click-bait scam? Who sees what? It’s been one of those Internet phenomena that verify what a small planet this is, how close we all are and yet how different. And how many of us are willing to be completely and utterly diverted by trivia. It came during a week in which perspective and disparity in how we see the world has weighed heavily on me....more
Just saying....but, I really wish the school would decrease the RoBo calls to my cell phone. The information is good to hear the first time, but the system calls me everyday at the same time and it is blowing up my voice mail. I think the schools need to save the system for when something like a crisis happens. Many things in life boil down to much contact is just too much. People stop paying attention if you repeat call about "PTA meetings, Picture Day, and Uniforms."....again....just saying....more
One of the benefits of earning my latest title - Master Composter - is that I am occasionally called in to service. For the past few months, it has been my great pleasure to visit second and third grade classrooms to introduce the joys of vermicomposting - as in, composting with worms. To an entire generation of local children, I am now known as 'The Worm Lady.'...more
It's National Digital Learning Day. Or so says www.digitallearningday.org. It is being presented as an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the digital learning that occurs in schools.
The day passed unrecognized at my school - as an event, anyway. I'm sure digital learning occurred in some form, in some class, for some portion of a lesson at our school. However, the value in showcasing the innovative ways that teaching and learning occur in school communities throughout the country is tremendous....more
I have three kids which means in our time and like everyone else, we’ve sold a lot of crap. We’ve sold cookie dough, pizza making kits, wrapping paper, God awful things they considered “gifts,” magazine subscriptions and of course, Girl Scout cookies. We are VERY lucky that the elementary school we’re at now doesn’t participate in item sales; they just ask us for pledges and donations at the beginning of the year. And then nickel and dime us the rest of the year, but that’s a different post.
Since two out of the three girls are scouts and sell cookies, I try to always buy from other parents when their kids are selling things for their clubs or schools.
With one exception....more
It's not a well-kept secret that most of this country's essential services are socialized. Nobody minds when we chip in to pay for services for the common good, which is the essence of socialism. It has been said that one reason the states united in the first place was to fund a navy, too pricey for a single state. It's impractical for most of us to hire our own police or firefighters. We have our own well and septic system in the country, but try that in your condo. Nobody refuses to use our roads and highways because they are purely socialist. Public schools, Godless socialism....more
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