Why Do I Teach?

Good thoughts from a classroom teacher as another year draws to a close.

Poetic Justice

How can I say “no” to them and walk away?

Last week, the dark child brightened up.
Yesterday, the angry child smiled.
Just today, the sad child laughed.
And tomorrow, the child beyond hope, will graduate.

Each child a new challenge.
Each challenge a routine and a painful burden.
Each burden, mine to bear for a brief period of time –
my special chance to help God perform His miracle
in each child.

We teach because we are called to teach.
We teach because the children need us now.
We teach because we need to love them.
We teach because it is life to us.

How can we say “no” to them and walk away?

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Principals should be elected to four year rotations

Principals should be elected to four year rotations
by SPJ
Like a lot of things in today’s pubic schools, the principal is a position that harks back to factory models of schooling. The building principal is a middle-level manager, a waypoint between the rank and file teacher and central management. In highly centralized and hierarchical school systems, perhaps in many urban school districts with highly […]

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Shareworthy Reading and Writing Links May 29

Here’s to getting your ideas out of your head and onto the page, remembering to enjoy the magic of stories, and indulging your writer’s heart in whatever way inspires and cheers you. Enjoy!
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On the Challenges of Getting Ideas Out of Your Head and Onto the Page

A not-so-still shot from the film version of Breakfast at Tiffany's A not-so-still shot from the film version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I’ve got an unmanageable number of random thoughts and ideas on my mind these days, and I’m having a hard time getting them out.  I imagine them as an eclectic and diverse crowd hanging out at a fancy-dress cocktail party. They mix and mingle, engaging in idle conversation until it’s time for me to sit down at the keyboard. Then, it’s as if someone has pulled the fire alarm or set a pack of ravening wolves loose amongst the champagne flutes and canapés.

My more timid ideas skitter off into dark corners where they disappear in the shadowy regions of my mind, slipping into rarely used rooms, and fading into forgetfulness. They remain holed up in their solitary bunkers until I’m standing in the shower…

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Veterans develop a weapon of peace 

Facebook Post & Commentary By Dylan Ratigan

This weekend, as we reflect on remembrance and those who won’t return from conflict, it is helpful to reflect on conflict itself and why we even have it.

Resource scarcity is at the root of global conflict.

Resource scarcity is a lack of water, food, energy, communication and meaningful employment.

There is no question that tribalism, religion, and greed fuel the hate, but the difference between those who hate and those who kill is that one group has food, water, electricity, jobs and education while the other doesn’t.

This is as true in Fallujah as it is in St. Louis.

We have the technical ability to provide food, water, electricity, education and jobs to the world right now. And there is no shortage of goodwill to make it happen. Yet the gap between the goodwill and the reality of conflict is as massive as it has ever been.

Why is that? As a financial and then political anchor at CNBC and then MSNBC I was fascinated by the stunning inability to convert goodwill into jobs and education providing basic resources that can reduce global conflict. I interviewed combat veterans that kept repeating the same message following their perilous missions – “sustainability is security.” If we can deliver sustainable resources, the world can be secure. Moreover, I was told repeatedly by the combat veterans that they would love to return to places of conflict with a better set of equipment, namely tools that offer sustainable resources and hope to reduce the very conflict underlying the catastrophic losses we remember on Memorial Day.

While I believed the purpose of government and markets was to encourage and facilitate the efficient distribution of key resources to reduce poverty and increase health, I did not see the meaningful equipment described by the combat veterans to support any of this, and I imagined what that equipment would look like.

Imagine if we harnessed modern technology to deploy relocatable, plug and play systems in conflict prone, resource scarce environments in America and abroad.

Imagine if we created jobs and education installing and operating these plug and play systems that empowered communities while reducing poverty and increasing health.

It is with this vision in mind that I left MSNBC in 2012 to establish Helical Holdings and create a series of products to support that vision. We announced Helical Holdings on Friday

We have the tools, the people, and the goodwill, but the problem of resource scarcity is all around us to continue driving conflict. This weekend, will we simply remember or will we act?

You can donate to Patriot Farmers of America (PFA) at patriotfarmers.org , which is actively pursuing a world of reduced conflict by using the Helical Outpost. PFA a non-profit whose mission is to TEACH entrepreneurship and sustainability to veterans and proud Americans who are seeking a future in farming, CULTIVATE partnerships with leaders of the sustainable agriculture movement, and GROW food, careers, healthy lives, and a future for all of our children – and you can be a part of that mission.

Instead of dropping bombs, drop food. That’s the goal of a Helical outpost. CNNMoney’s Cristina Alesci looks at the repurposed shipping container designed to bring resources to conflict areas.

Video from Money.CNN.com

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Florida: School Districts Threaten to Hold Back Students Who Opt Out

Two Florida school districts–Sarasota and Manatee–have warned parents their children will not be promoted if they opt out of state testing. The only way to opt out of the state test is to take a state test before opting out. Alice in Wonderland? Even students who have earned high marks all year will be retained in grade. “Third-grade students in Sarasota and Manatee counties who refused to take the state’s standardized English Language Arts test and a subsequent alternative test will be held back, school officials say.

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Two Florida school districts–Sarasota and Manatee–have warned parents their children will not be promoted if they opt out of state testing.

The only way to opt out of the state test is to take a state test before opting out. Alice in Wonderland?

Even students who have earned high marks all year will be retained in grade.

“Third-grade students in Sarasota and Manatee counties who refused to take the state’s standardized English Language Arts test and a subsequent alternative test will be held back, school officials say.

“District officials have contacted several parents saying that because their students opted out of taking the state test, called the Florida Standards Assessment, they must take an alternative test to progress from third grade to fourth. If students do not take the test, officials said they will have to repeat third grade.

“School districts across the state are wrestling with what to do…

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2015 Teacher of the Year now fighting district over her son’s educational rights – from WXYZ.com

Last year she was celebrated by her district – named 2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year. Now one mother and teacher says she is being forced by the Walled Lake Consolidated School District to fights for her son’s legal rights.

Source: 2015 Teacher of the Year now fighting district over her son’s educational rights – WXYZ.com

What YOU Can Do To Protect YOUR Children From Common Core

Surprisingly many still do not understand the hoopla behind Common Core. Some still think it is a bunch of standards, that states created so that all children would be college and career ready by the time they are 18.

Common Core really is an attempt to disillusion the public about the quality of their own neighborhood schools, so that they throw up their hands and let private enterprise in on the $0.8 trillion we spend on education every year. Their idea is that making a majority of children fail the tests, will make the schools look bad. If that takes place, only then are businesses able to market services that can supposedly elevate your child’s test taking skills, so his/her scores improve…. It’s all about money.

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Surprisingly many still do not understand the hoopla behind Common Core. Some still think it is a bunch of standards, that states created so that all children would be college and career ready by the time they are 18.  

Common Core really is an attempt to disillusion the public about the quality of their own neighborhood schools, so that they throw up their hands and let private enterprise in on the $0.8 trillion we spend on education every year. Their idea is that making a majority of children fail the tests, will make the schools look bad. If that takes place, only then are businesses able to market services that can supposedly elevate your child’s test taking skills, so his/her scores improve….  It’s all about money.

The question of who should run the schools may be academic to some.  What difference does it matter if they are run by private or…

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The Test Secrets Revealed……

The Test Secrets Revealed……
Since I’m in Delaware, I couldn’t reveal my signed obligations… But someone in New Jersey can… And likewise, I can reveal questions off the PAARC in New Jersey, whereas no teacher in New Jersey can…..

And it is all legal. Neither of us violated our signed statements.

Here is what every parent needs to know is on the PAARC for fourth grade.

On the Spring 2016 PARCC for 4th Graders, students were expected to read an excerpt from Shark Life: True Stories about Sharks and the Sea by Peter Benchley and Karen Wojtyla. According to Scholastic, this text is at an interest level for Grades 9-12, and at a 7th Grade reading level. The Lexile measure is 1020L, which is most often found in texts that are written for middle school, and according to Scholastic’s own conversion chart would be equivalent to a 6th grade benchmark around W, X, or Y using the Fountas and Pinnell scale.

However Common Core standards dictate a student should be at level S on this scale by the end of 4th Grade. The reading material on this test is therefore two grades advanced of the level of stressed teaching recommend even by Common Core.

Since by Common Core itself, the Lexile measure of 1020 is for grades 6-8….. so why is Pearson putting this in a test to be taken by 9 year olds?

kavips

Since I’m in Delaware, I couldn’t reveal my signed obligations… But someone in New Jersey can… And likewise, I can reveal questions off the PAARC in New Jersey, whereas no teacher in New Jersey can…..

And it is all legal.  Neither of us violated our signed statements.

Here is what every parent needs to know is on the PAARC for fourth grade.

On the Spring 2016 PARCC for 4th Graders, students were expected to read an excerpt from Shark Life: True Stories about Sharks and the Sea by Peter Benchley and Karen Wojtyla. According to Scholastic, this text is at an interest level for Grades 9-12, and at a 7th Grade reading level. The Lexile measure is 1020L, which is most often found in texts that are written for middle school, and according to Scholastic’s own conversion chart would be equivalent to a 6th grade benchmark around W, X…

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5/29, This is where we stand

5/28, This is where we stand
by John Laurits
This is where we stand (as of 5/28) Greetings, my friends! (And greetings, my trolls, too, I s’ppose) A good friend suggested to me that I should write a new update & general overview of the delegate math and I thought that was an exceptional idea, so — here we are. If you find yourself wondering, […]

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fixed 29th


This is where we stand
(as of 5/29)

Greetings, my friends! (And greetings, my trolls, too, I s’ppose)

A good friend suggested to me that I should write a new update & general overview of the delegate math and I thought that was an exceptional idea, so — here we are. If you find yourself wondering, “wait, where exactly are we, again?” then, you’ve come to the right place & this article is for you! And I’m glad that you’ve asked — I’ll show you, follow me!

A Brief Summary of
What Will Happen at the Democratic Convention

First, let’s go over the basics, again —

The first thing that everyone should understand is that Hillary Clinton will not be clinching the nomination before the convention, despite what the talking heads are saying! They are vipers & deceivers — I suspect that they weren’t hugged enough or something. Anyway —…

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CURMUDGUCATION: FL: District Officials Lose Their Damned Minds

In some parts of Florida, third grade children are being told they must repeat third grade– even though their report cards are stellar. Why? Because nothing is more important than those damned BS Tests.

Source: CURMUDGUCATION: FL: District Officials Lose Their Damned Minds