New KIPP middle school coming to Austin →
I’ve been to the first KIPP middle school in Austin. It’s a solid place with great leadership. Good work, y’all. Keep it up!
I had a friend who was teaching high school English in the mid 80s. He asked the...– Lagniappe: The Wrath of Khan
A non-Catholic’s guide to Lenten weirdness →
“WEIRD BEHAVIOR: Your friend abruptly starts losing weight and working out regularly. EXPLANATION: Your friend has noticed that Lent ends right around the same time as bathing suit season begins.”
Wanna see me fly off the handle?
Show me $#!^ like this: “A 23-year veteran who earns more than $80,000 a year, this teacher has a warm manner, and her classroom is bright and neat. She paid for the kids’ whiteboards, the clock, and the DVD player herself. But she seems to have given up on the kids’ prospects in a way that Mr. Taylor has not. “The kids in Northwest [D.C.] go on trips to France, on cruises. They go places...
It sounds a bit mercenary. That’s because it is.– Fr. Joe
"The great teacher serves as a hero but never,... →
TFA, for good or ill, gives us plenty to talk about, especially with regard to forming and evaluating teachers.
“We are simultaneously trying to reform and... →
-Ed Schools’ Pedagogical Puzzle (You might have caught on: I’m becoming rather obsessed with teacher preparations and evaluation.)
Spotted: Rare and Endangered Bipartisan Education... →
Memo to the world: America’s secret sauce isn’t... →
“But for their sake, I hope my new Japanese friends paid attention to what American kids were doing after school and on the weekends, because that is when our special sauce is made.”
"How the hell did we get to a place where...
“We live in a nation of laws that generally impose rights and duties. We often prioritize them but even the rights we hold dearest have limits. There is the age old example of the right of free speech being limited by the inability to shout “Fire” in a crowded theater. I imagine a religion holding ritual human sacrifice as a central tenet would have a hard time finding cover under freedom of...
How many teachers really, actively WORK to...
Not as many as one would hope. Deliberate practice entails more than simply repeating a task — playing a C-minor scale 100 times, for instance, or hitting tennis serves until your shoulder pops out of its socket. Rather, it involves setting specific goals, obtaining immediate feedback and concentrating as much on technique as on outcome.
Scarred For Life →
This can’t be real. It CAN’T be. No one is this bat crazy. Are they??
What You Should Consider Before Education Graduate... →
I know I’m not the only one out there thinking about this…
Blackboard Jungle: Theory v. Classroom Management →
“I felt absolutely like a total failure. The only thing I was proud of was that I never cried in front of the kids. But I cried everywhere else: in supply closets, on the subway, at home.” Even though Scoggins had earned a master’s in education, she said, “very practical things were never taught.”
Teacher training and intentional practice →
Why Modern Man Wouldn’t Like Heaven
“Heaven is not “this much Peace, and no more” or “this much Joy, and no more” — it is the eternal motion of peace, of joy, and of grace. Christ did not say, “I’ll make all things new, then be done.” Christ said “I make all things new,” Present Continuous tense. By his blood all things are ever-new; it flows unceasingly. Heaven is a place — yes — but it is also an action, a Wedding Feast....
Building a Better Teacher →
2 yrs old. Still totally relevant. Which is… frustrating.
Do teachers need ed degrees? →
Read article. Begin healthy debate. Aaaaaand GO!
Teaching Kids V. Treating Cancer: What Have We... →
Who needs ed schools? →
Who, indeed? Though this is from 2005, most of the questions and issues raised herein are still totally relevant and under discussion. Depressing, maybe?
A Reason to Change: Lent isn't the Problem →
moochiethinks: blakebaggott: I’m getting a little frustrated with Protestants criticizing the tradition of Lent as a whole. Just because you may have Catholic friends or acquaintances that practices it legalistically or practices it while showing no sign of genuine love for Christ… that does not mean that… What Blake points out is exactly why the Catholic Church uses Matthew 6: 1-18 as the...
LANDSLIDE OF GREAT ED ARTICLES. FREAKING OUT A LITTLE. (Thank goodness for the Tublr queue!)
3. Taking good care of yourself doesn’t mean spoiling yourself.– Simcha Fisher in Eight Lessons of Pregnancy that Everyone, Yes, Everyone, Can Use!
Just sang Siyahamba (sp?) at the end of a school mass. Choir dir is ND & ACE alum.
Love is not blind; that is the last thing that it is. Love is bound; and the...– Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton (via therealfairytale)
How the White House’s 98% Contraception Figure for... →
I admit I’m no expert on numbers, and that I hang out with a non-representative subset of the population, but this little analysis seems to explain why that number seemed so implausible.
I think everyone has had that crisis at some point, trying to figure out whether...– Are you a manly muppet or a muppet of a man? [Bret McKenzie interview] (via nprfreshair)