Closing The Gap | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes How does a narrow curriculum disadvantage the disadvantaged? New research suggests that “both teachers and parents think that exam pressures are leading schools to narrow the curriculum as more time is taken up for exam preparation. The research also highlights that people believe the problem has worsened over the past three years. Over 900 teachers and 1,000 parents of children under 18 were polled in September and October of 2018. The results were conclusive. This research suggests…

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Respect in the Classroom: Earned, Not Expected – Education Article

There was a sub for one of my paras a couple of weeks ago and she set up shop in my classroom. We went through the day as usual, with her thoroughly enjoying her role after being out of the classroom for the past few years. At the end of the day, as I was thanking her for all she had done, the bell rang and a steady stream of kids began filtering into my room for their afterschool hugs…

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What Will It Take to Get Equitable School Funding in Pennsylvania – a Statewide Teachers Strike!? – Education Article

What if every public school teacher in Pennsylvania refused to come to work on Monday? What if instead they took to the streets with signs and placards, bullhorns and chanted slogans. Maybe: “Hey! HEY! Ho! HO! This Unfair Funding Has to Go!”Or: “What do we want!? FAIR FUNDING! When do we want it? YESTERDAY!” The problem is that from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and all places in between, the Keystone state has the most unequal school funding system in the country.…

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#1MinCPD: Supporting Separated Parents | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

#1MinCPD: Supporting Separated Parents | TeacherToolkit Reading Time: 1 minute How can we support parents who are separated? Separated parents can often feel tension around school. Ensuring they feel equally supported and understood helps to foster strong relationships between home and school. Here are 8 tips to get you started. Home-School… This is only a snippet of a Education…

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The Tail Wagging The Dog – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What silly reasons drive good people out of the teaching profession? Until someone in the Department for Education (or Ofsted) has the gusto to pull the plug on all of this nonsense, we can expect our education system to continue in a mindless and self-fulfilling loop for another generation. Imagine two schools … Imagine you are a teacher working in a school (A). You may find yourself lucky enough to be working in a culture in…

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A Helpful Principal’s Tips for Lawnmower Parents – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog My husband John posted a piece of short fiction to my Facebook timeline with the comment, “This weird, sweet story has Rita Platt’s name written all over it … “ The super short Lizard-Baby by Benjamin Schaefer provoked deep thoughts in me. It is about being a parent. It is not a spoiler to share that the main character gives birth to an egg from which hatches a lizard. That little lizard is showered with unconditional love…

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The Heart Outside Our Body – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

Parents can sometimes be unreasonable; many of us put blinders on when it comes to our kids. Educators sometimes bear the brunt of this fact.   How could you suspend my child? How could you not play my child? How could you not award my child? My child’s grade should be higher!   People who are normal in every other circumstance in life can seem completely unhinged when it comes to their children.  As educators we can quickly categorize these…

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Questions Parents Ask | Ask a Tech Teacher – Education Article

I’ve been asked by a wonderful parent organization called Konstella to serve as an expert for parents on topics of technology in the classroom. They started by asking a series of questions that were on their minds. These are so relevant and authentic to what’s happening today at the juxtaposition of education and technology, I wanted to share them with you. The Questions are in bold and my answers in italics: I allow my kids to have “Friends” in Roblox…

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When OK attire depends on your skin color – Education Article

Every day educators teach students the adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Many are familiar with the biblical verse, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed that one day we’d live in a nation where children (and their parents) “will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” All of these sayings are saying the same thing — yet what does it say about us…

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Pittsburgh Christian Academy Tries to Become a Charter School to Cash in on Taxpayer Funding – Education Article

    The line between public and private school is getting awfully thin in Pittsburgh.   City public school directors received a request from Imani Christian Academy, a religious school in the East Hills, to be allowed to transform into Imani Academy Charter School for the Fall term of 2019.   Though parochial schools have metamorphosed into charter schools in Florida, Tennessee and Washington, D.C., this would be the first such transformation in Pennsylvania, according to Ana Meyers, executive director of…

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Building Good Relationships with Your Students’ Parents – Education Article

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki DavisFollow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today’s parents like a different kind of communication. Student videos. Some information and not others. Mike Daugherty, a Director of Technology in Ohio, has been studying this topic and experimenting for the last several years to find optimal ways to communicate with today’s parents. Today, he shares what he has learned. Listen to Hear Ideas You Need to Know Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.…

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How to Communicate with Parents, Students, and Colleagues (The Easy Way!) – EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS – Education Article

Keeping Everyone on the Same Page Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult When You Use this Simple Hack… Whether your students are in pre-kindergarten, high-school, or somewhere in between, one thing’s for certain– teaching them is not a solo sport. Molding the next generation of young minds takes a lot of effort from a lot of people, and that means teaching requires a lot of communication as well. Unfortunately, organizing classroom communication–from reaching out to PTA-members to communicating with students directly–…

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Ten of 15 Cyber Charter Schools in PA Are Operating Without a Charter – Close Them All – Education Article

    Cyber charter schools are an experiment that failed.     It’s time to pull the plug and recoup our losses.     First, let’s get straight exactly what we’re talking about here.     Like all charter schools, these are contracted institutions. In fact, that’s what charter means – they’re independent businesses that sign a deal with the state to teach kids.     So they’re publicly financed but privately run. And in the case of cyber charters,…

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Building Good Relationships with Your Students’ Parents – Education Article

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki DavisFollow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today’s parents like a different kind of communication. Student videos. Some information and not others. Mike Daugherty, a Director of Technology in Ohio, has been studying this topic and experimenting for the last several years to find optimal ways to communicate with today’s parents. Today, he shares what he has learned. Listen to Hear Ideas You Need to Know Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.…

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Teaching Through Lockdown | gadflyonthewallblog – Education Article

    “Excuse the interruption. We are under a lockdown.”   That was it.   Not an explanation of what caused it.   Not any idea of how much danger we were in.   Not any idea of how long it would last.   Just a vague warning that teachers knew meant to keep all their students in class until further notice.   As an educator, you’re expected to teach.   It doesn’t matter what’s happening around you. There can…

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Why PTA is worth your time – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

For hardworking teachers, time is a precious commodity. We must use it wisely and be intentional about our priorities. It’s understandable that optional roles and events (especially weekend events) are often dismissed. But I strongly believe that being an active member of PTA is a beneficial investment of time. When I became Head of Year, I had to drop a few other responsibilities but I was adamant about maintaining my role in our PTA. I’m currently vice-treasurer (technically) but, more…

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11 of the Most Popular Video Games for Kids and Young Gamers – Education Article

11 of the Most Popular Video Games for Kids and Young Gamers /* */ This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse Fractus Learning you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Review Privacy Policy – Accept #simple-social-icons-3 ul li a, #simple-social-icons-3 ul li a:hover, #simple-social-icons-3 ul li a:focus { background-color: #365899 !important; border-radius: 22px; color: #ffffff !important; border: 0px #ffffff solid !important; font-size:…

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8 Ways Schools Can Respond To Youth Violence – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What strategies can we use to tackle the challenges of youth violence? In this fifth blog of the ‘Beyond The Gate’ series, I look to provide some practical suggestions for schools to implement in response to the challenges of youth violence. It’s all about safeguarding… Our school response falls very much under the ‘safeguarding’ umbrella and central to our ‘Beyond the Gate’ initiative is keeping our students safe, both in school and in the communities in which…

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As LA Teachers Strike Over Charter Schools, Democrat Cory Booker Speaks at Pro-Charter Rally – Education Article

  What a slap in the face!     In California, 30,000 Los Angeles teachers are on strike because charter schools are gobbling up their funding without providing the same level of quality services or accountability.     Meanwhile in New Orleans, Sen. Cory Booker is giving the keynote address at a charter school rally.     That wouldn’t be surprising if Booker was a Republican.     Donald Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a big time champion of…

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Billionaire Heiress Lashes Out at Unions Because Her Fortune Didn’t Buy Election – Education Article

  Betsy DeVos is furious!   She and her family spent boatloads of money this election cycle and few of their candidates won.   Instead, lawmakers were largely selected by these things called… ew… voters.   She was so enraged that she used her platform as Secretary of Education – another prudent purchase by her family – to lash out at teachers unions for – get this – having too much influence!!!!!   She told Fox Business Network:   “The…

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A Practical Guide To Giving The Best Teacher Gifts This Holiday Season – Education Article

A Practical Guide To Giving The Best Teacher Gifts This Holiday Season /* */ This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse Fractus Learning you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Review Privacy Policy – Accept #simple-social-icons-3 ul li a, #simple-social-icons-3 ul li a:hover, #simple-social-icons-3 ul li a:focus { background-color: #365899 !important; border-radius: 22px; color: #ffffff !important; border: 0px #ffffff solid !important; font-size: 21px; padding:…

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There Are Few Things As Reprehensible as a Scab – Education Article

  There is a special place in Hell for strikebreakers.   Some people kill. Some steal.   But only a filthy, disgusting scab can do all of that in one.   When you take someone else’s job, you’re stealing their bargaining power and killing the community’s chances for their kids.   This week as 30,000 teachers at Los Angeles Unified School District walked out demanding support for their students and their professions, a few slimy worms have crossed the picket…

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How Early Should The Early Years Be? – The Girl On The Piccadilly Line – Education Article

Let me first introduce myself and explain why this blog won’t be as expertly written as it usually is. On a previous blog Zoe quotes Hemmingway, “the first draft of everything is shit.” For Zoe, this is a comfort to her in reading her first drafts. I’m sorry but my final draft is still a bit stinky, but it will have to do. Anyway, as well as being a not-so-slick -logger I am also a qualified teacher with experience in KS1…

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The Holiday Season Brings Fear and Resentment for Many Students – Education Article

“I hate Christmas.”   Teachers hear that with surprising regularity around this time of year.   I hate Christmas. I hate Thanksgiving. I hate every holiday.   America’s public school students are living under tremendous pressure.   The social safety net is full of holes. And our children are left to fall through the ripped and torn fabric.   The sad fact is that one in four students in America’s classrooms have experienced a traumatic event.   So if your…

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Charter School Lobby Silent as Charter Teachers Continue Strike – Education Article

  Charter school teachers in Chicago are in their fourth day of a strike.   Yet I wonder why the leaders of the charter movement are quiet.   Where is Peter Cunningham of the Education Post?   Where is Shaver Jeffries of Democrats for Education Reform?   Not a word from Campbell Brown or Michelle Rhee?   Nothing from Bill Gates, Cory Booker, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?   Not a peep from Betsy DeVos or Donald Trump?   This…

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Creating Joyful Reading Routines at Home – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

We sit together with a book between us carefully piecing the words together. Sometimes they come haltingly. Sometimes they flow. Learning to read is hard work, but loving to read is not, not right now, not for most of our kids. We are a household of readers, all on a separate journey. All growing, exploring and learning, some more quickly than others. I am one of several bookworms in our household with books wherever we go, with a to-be-read pile…

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What Happened to 2018 As The Year of the Teacher? – Education Article

  This year teachers took their mission way beyond the classroom.   Starting in West Virginia, we staged half-a-dozen walkouts in red states across the country demanding a better investment in children’s educations and often getting it.   Then we took that momentum and stormed our state capitals and Washington, DC, with thousands of grassroots campaigns that translated into seats in government.   It was so effective and unprecedented that the story began circulating that 2018 would be known as…

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LA Teachers Strike is About Charter Schools and High Stakes Testing – Education Article

  On Monday more than 30,000 teachers at 900 schools in Los Angeles, California, will be on strike.   And unlike the wave of teachers strikes last year in red states like West Virginia, this time educators are taking to the streets due to the policies of Democrats.   At issue are things like lowering class sizes and providing more nurses, librarians and counselors.   But behind these issues lies one of the most important facts about our country.   When you…

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Parenting in the 21st Century: Part II – Education Article

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Dissing the Family Crazies: A Christmas Story – Education Article

Ahhhh… the two weeks teachers wait for that never seem to get here fast enough. I was so ready to be done with 2018 I had a collection of white flags hidden in my desk that I found myself waving ever so slightly throughout that last week of school. So as I got off of winter break, I hastily tried to get caught up on everything that I’ve been behind on since July. Especially this year because I thought Christmas was…

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