Reading for Change

As this summer began I was excited to start up with my summer reading. It seems during the school year there is never enough time or energy to read an entire book.  As I hit Border’s during the second week of June, I quickly decided on the 10th Anniversary [...] Continue Reading… Continue reading →

School Libraries Are Being Ignored

Having attended the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference and Library Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, this past week, I was disheartened to read a recent AP story on my return home by Donna Gordon Blankenship, “Libraries Fading as School Budget Crisis Deepens.” She describes in detail how school [...] Continue Reading… Continue reading →

Chicago’s teacher performance-based pay didn’t work

A study released Tuesday by Mathematica Policy Research Inc. about a Chicago program that contains performance-based compensation for teachers, shows no evidence that the program boosted student achievement on math and reading tests, compared with a group of similar schools that did not use the performance-based compensation system, Education [...] Continue Reading… Continue reading →

The OGT Is My Michigan Game

One of those countless Friday after-work discussions we have with our teaching colleagues has stuck in my mind for the past year. “We’re the only profession in the world,” stated a fellow teacher, “where we are judged not by how we perform, but by how other people perform.” That stopped me [...] Continue Reading… Continue reading →

Best and Work Teacher Gifts

An interesting article at TeacherHub.com featured some best and worst ”teacher gift stories,” like this one: “I got half a bottle of Lady Stetson one year from a kid who stole it from his Mom. I talked to his Mom and she was really filled up though, that her kid wanted [...] Continue Reading… Continue reading →
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