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Clown panic reaches Oregon

20 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The Great Clown Panic of 2016 now stretches from sea to shining sea, as an incident occurred in Oregon. [P]olice responded to a call of a "clown sighting" on Wednesday evening at 10:30 p.m. at a Redmond intersection. "An employee...

Clown panic spreads to Michigan

23 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The Great Clown Panic of 2016 spread to another American state yesterday, as a clown spooked people in Michigan. [S]omeone in a clown costume was seen prowling a Big Rapids neighborhood. Big Rapids police were called to Colburn Avenue just...

I'm the Worst Tutor in the World

Today I had to tutor one period in the library as part of our school's SBO agreement. A kid came over looking for an English teacher. I said I was one and asked what I could help him with. He said he needed help with the SAT. I asked him what exactly he needed help with and he said writing. Show More Summary

Creepy clowns spread north to New York state

The Great Clown Panic of 2016 marched north this week, reaching New York state. On Monday night, a woman at the Fox Run Apartments in Clifton Park reported seeing what she described as a “creepy clown” lurking outside one of...

Workshopping what’s needed: going deep on elearning

Are you ready to really try to make a change in what you’re doing? It’s past time, both at the level of our elearning design, and at the level of elearning strategy.  And now you have the chance to do something about it, because I’m holding workshops addressing each. Show More Summary

Tons of Coverage, Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Charters--We're on Our Own

I cannot believe the crap that passes for news nowadays. Families for Excellent Schools says any damn thing it likes on behalf of Eva Moskowitz, who terrorizes young people into peeing their pants over tests. She's celebrated in the pages of the tabloids and, of course, in Chalkbeat NY, which considers her every move worthy of a feature story. Show More Summary

Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education

Self-directed education—as it occurs in unschooling families and at democratic schools--operates by allowing these four natural drives to flourish.....

Stupid Stupid Stupid

This week I’ve been examining the new DOE grading protocols, which insist everything be fair and transparent. I’ve written about their notions about homework, which I deemed borderline clueless, but I’m learning even more about them....Show More Summary

The great evil clown of New Jersey

While you wait for the next Great Clown Panic of 2016 story, consider this bit of fearsome New Jersey clown history: The giant clown’s slyly sinister grin and blood-red tipped index finger have earned it the nickname the "Evil Clown...

Reflecting practice

Someone opined on yesterday’s post that it’s hard to find time for reflection, and I agree it’s hard. You need to find ways to make it systematic, as it’s hard to make persistent change. So I responded with three personal suggestions,...Show More Summary

How to learn and learn-to-learn

I was asked by a colleague to answer some questions for a project on how to learn.  I naturally decided to answer in a blog post ;). Q1. In your working life, how have you learnt effectively from experience, please provide an example if possible? (e.g. Show More Summary

Clown panic spreads to Tennessee

The Great Clown Panic of 2016 spread even further across the American South, making appearances in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee police issued this warning against clowns via Twitter: THP says watch for clowns trying to lure children in to...

UFT Executive Board Minutes September 26th, 2016

Apologies to names I missed. I spoke, and included are the notes from which I spoke. I arrived at 6:06, missed speaker.Approval of minutes for last meeting—Howie Schoor uses his new gavel.Adcom minutes approvedPresident’s report—Secretary starts to explain Mulgrew not here, but Mulgrew objects, clear evidence secretary was mistaken. Show More Summary

Homework--Threat or Menace?

I've recently become privy to a DOE directive about grading policies (and I'm sorry, but I haven't got a line). It says that homework may be used as a tool to measure mastery. It seems to place less value on teachers walking around the room and giving simple credit for homework, or giving a grade of 100% for completion. Show More Summary

Ransomware Focused on K12 and Government

While ransomware attacks have been on the rise, education has seen (fortunately) few attacks. However, as reported in Softpedia, that could be changing. The focus on educational and government users attempts to take advantage of (among...Show More Summary

And now we have digital sex doppelgangers

A Belgian sex company has come up with a new use for facial recognition technology. They'd like you to find your own digital porn doppelganger. “A lot of people watching porn have someone in mind and try to fulfill this...

Another clown incident in Kentucky

Kentucky police arrested a young man for dressing up as a clown. The 2016 Clown Panic continues: Police in Middlesboro say an officer spotted someone dressed as a clown crouched down in a wooded area in Bell County early Friday...

Not Insane---A Supervisory Blueprint

Chalkbeat writes about the "authentic" learning standards pushed by UFT President Michael Mulgrew. I am not at all sure there's any validity to judging teachers by student work, be it tests, portfolios, projects, or whatever, and I've seen no evidence supporting this presumption. Show More Summary

How to go from hegemonic monopoly to utter irrelevance in a single generation

I visited a sociology class this morning. The instructor has an interesting collaborative writing project and we plan to use the KUMU Wiki for it.  The purpose of my visit was to discuss why the wiki was being used for this assignment, and offer a basic introduction on how to navigate and edit in the […]

Clown panic spreads to Kentucky

The Great Clown Panic of '16 has reached another state. Police in one Kentucky town have issued a statement, on Facebook, appropriately: Ladies and gentlemen please take note of the following as we have had several "clown complaints." With the...

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