Home School – a complicated debate

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https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/24/e1/af/24e1af6dd27714f90fd168ab99e4b49d.jpgHere’s a complicated issue. Most people reading this would be able to say whether they agree with home-schooling or not straightaway. And I think this is sad. Because you don’t know the position of the children who are home-schooled.

Here’s a complicated issue. Most people reading this would be able to say whether they agree with home-schooling or not straightaway. And I think this is sad. Because you don’t know the position of the children who are home-schooled.

I went to school and had a great time (mostly). I had friends, I enjoyed learning and being taught by teachers and it taught me a lot of life skills, particularly in social situations. You’re introduced to all sorts of people with different personalities and backgrounds and people who are not very nice to you. This happens to everyone throughout your life so it’s good to learn how to deal with people…

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Love Has No Labels

Miss Donnelly's Daily Apple

I came across this video around Valentine’s Day, “Love Has No Labels.” Curious, I followed the link and was captivated by what was two dancing skeletons behind an x-ray screen. From first glance, it was two twins, two mirrors of one another–same skulls, same leg bones, same hips, same arms wrapped around one another’s necks.

Then the two people stepped from behind the screen–two women.

What fascinated me the most about the video was how this simple screen seemed to erase people’s notions about what love was. When two nameless, raceless, faceless skeletons embraced, it was beautiful. Yet these perceptions seemed to change as the skeleton’s identities were unmasked.

I know that posting something like this on my blog is a risk. This is a controversial topic, and a topic that many feel isn’t a part of the classroom. But I disagree. I think that in today’s society, and especially…

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3 New Ways to Get Your Students’ Attention

BEYOND

by Cody Wilson
Kinder Teacher, KIPP: Indy Unite Elementary

For months, getting my students’ attention was the bane of my existence. I pulled out all the stops: “1,2,3…Eyes on Me,” “Hands on Top.” I even got creative with some cool clapping call-and-response. Yet I never seemed to get more than 70 percent of my students’ attention. There were always three or four who just kept on working or talking.

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Incentives for More Student Participation 

The Ardent Teacher

Sometimes, it can be difficult to get students to participate in class. Being a middle school teacher, I see it year after year and day after day: students feeling self conscious and apprehensive when asked to participate in class discussions or answer questions. Students participate for one of two reasons: they are either intrinsically motivated or extrinsically motivated. For the students who are intrinsically motivated to participate in class (motivated by internal factors such as wanting to do well or participating merely because they enjoy the experience), there is little you need to get their hands raised–their intrinsic motivation is enough on its own. The students who struggle are the ones who need extrinsic motivation–motivation by external factors, such as rewards etc. Below are some fun ways I boost participation in my classroom by taking advantage of extrinsic motivators.

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The Music Education Crisis in America

That Tall Guy Over There

Something disturbing is happening around the city I live in. Art programs are losing their funding, theaters are lacking in attendance, and music and arts are being pulled from school systems. I understand that the economy is tight nowadays, and that there are “essential” things students have to learn in school such as history, math, english, and the sciences, but unfortunately music is being pushed to the fringes and altogether eliminated from class offerings in school districts with smaller budgets. And this isn’t just a phenomenon happening in my area. School districts all across the country, and even in places like California that seem to be meccas of art and music, music and art education are taking a hit. In 2009, California diverted $109 million from music programs, resulting in closed music departments across half of California’s 10,000-plus public schools.According to Citylimits.org, Educators in New York City have estimated that…

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Experiencing the Courtroom for National Law Day

Brook Hill School News | Tyler, TX

Our 8th graders got a taste of the legal system this week in celebration of National Law Day. Students had the opportunity to observe and participate in the legal system from the crime scene to the court room. Holly Stadelmann and Sawyer Hayes were chosen as witnesses to the “crime” while other students served on jury.

You can read a full article about the field trip here: http://www.tylerpaper.com/TP-News+Local/218601/students-experience-justice-system


    

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