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Exercise in math class? How one math teacher gets kids moving while studying

I recently published a post titled “Why so many students can’t sit still in school today” that was very popular with readers. The piece mentioned Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder but another factor, as well: the idea expressed by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom that academic pressures in school have reduced or eliminated the time that […]

Superintendents forced to tell parents their schools are failing, even though they aren’t

Many parents in Washington state are being told that their public schools are being considered as failing — even though it isn’t true. They are learning this from the superintendents of their school districts, who don’t want to do it but are being forced to. What’s going on? Last April, the U.S. Education Department yanked […]

NYSUT Takes a Stand. Or Is it a Sit?

A few weeks ago, at the AFT Convention, NYSUT President Karen Magee, despite campaign promises that her leadership opposed Common Core, said the following:If not standards, then what? A free-for-all? Everyone does what they please? No...Show More Summary

App Fosters Kids' Creativity

From cardboarding to cooking, this app helps kids find the fun in DIY

Shape, Space, & Measures

As part of BBC Learning, this Bitesize math review is great for students age 7-11.

Photography – Week 36

I listened to this podcast on macro photographyA photography podcast (no video). Focused on Chicago. with Mike Moats and a few of these pictures are based on trying out some things that were mentioned- mainly trying much higher f-stops. I usually shoot close to wide open. The shift from shooting around 2.8 and lower to […]

Toward better technology integration: Introducing trudacot

[My Leadership Day post this year introduces a new tool, trudacot, that we have been using to facilitate productive conversations with educators about technology-infused learning and teaching…] We’ve got a lot of technology floating around our schools and classrooms these days. And while that can and should be a good thing given the digital age [...]

Is It Dark Money If We All Know Where It Came From?

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is upset that the Kansas Values Institute ran ads against his education record. The organization is not required to reveal its donors, leading opponents to refer to the funds spent on these ads as “dark money.” But if an organization in a red state like Kansas is attacking a Republican governor’s […]

Just How "Legal" Are Seed Libraries?

http://www.postcarbon.org/article/2339769-just-how-legal-are-seed-libraries After the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture cracked down on a community seed library, hundreds of seed libraries in the U.S. are suddenly wondering if they are breaking the law. Show More Summary

Campbell Brown put on notice by teachers union

I recently wrote a post about how Campbell Brown’s new advocacy group, the Partnership for Educational Justice, had used on its Web site the exact wording of the slogan of the current branding campaign of the American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s second-largest teachers union. It turns out that the AFT has trademarked its slogan, […]

Campbell Brown put on notice by teachers union

I recently wrote a post about how Campbell Brown’s new advocacy group, the Partnership for Educational Justice, had used on its Web site the exact wording of the slogan of the current branding campaign of the American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s second-largest teachers union. It turns out that the AFT has trademarked its slogan, […]

Are teachers unions really the scourge of the nation?

Are teachers unions really the scourge of the nation? You might think so if you listen to some reformers who link union-negotiated job protections for teachers to poor academic performance of students in high-poverty schools. But does the data actually support that contention? Bruce D. Baker, a professor of education and leadership in the Graduate […]

Are teachers unions really the scourge of the nation?

Are teachers unions really the scourge of the nation? You might think so if you listen to some reformers who link union-negotiated job protections for teachers to poor academic performance of students in high-poverty schools. But does the data actually support that contention? Bruce D. Baker, a professor of education and leadership in the Graduate […]

Newsday Declares Down, Up, as Common Core Curdles

Last year's god-awful results on Common Core tests in New York set off a statewide resistance movement among advantaged and the disadvantaged parents to dump the Gates and Pearson CorpEd plan into the Long Island Sound. This second year,...Show More Summary

And What Do You Mean By…

People listen to leaders. Whether we’re talking about true leaders or people considered leaders because of status or authority, their words impact culture. Over the last several years of the “reform” movement, words like “accountability”...Show More Summary

Twitter Friday: News & Commentary Here, On Facebook, & Via Twitter

It's a Friday in August and so I'll be updating the site -- lightly -- via Twitter (which also posts to Facebook and here). See it all below. Have a great weekend! Tweets about "@alexanderrusso"

The Day 127 Tests Up and Walked Away

Last June, my eyes popped wide and I snapped this picture outside my Regents' grading site. Students' regents exams were sitting exposed to all in an open vehicle. It struck me as odd and unsafe at the time. I didn't think and I still don't think that anyone would steal exams. Show More Summary

I Found a Notebook in a Drawer

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog What was I looking for in the drawer in my office? An envelope? For some reason, I lost track of the task at hand, and noticed the black moleskin notebook with the SFMOMA logo. Show More Summary

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