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The September your children are walking into

Started this discussion. Last reply by Duane Johnson Apr 27. 1 Reply

            The hazy crazy days of summer are soon to be replaced by the structured education of our children. Some schools start in late August while others wait until the traditional end of summer…Continue

Competition has always defined our schools and society

Started Feb 1, 2015 0 Replies

            Webster defines compete as, “ striving for something (as a prize or a reward) for which another is also striving.” The definition goes on to describe competition as, “ a contest in which…Continue

Enabling our kids out of their future

Started Jan 25, 2014 0 Replies

                  Webster defines “enable” as to give ability, power, or means to make able”.  At first you look at this definition and it seems to have few negative connotations.  But, when you take…Continue

Censorship should be a four-letter word

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            Webster defines censorship as, “to examine in order to take out things thought to be objectionable.”  The person or people that do this are called censors. These are officials who checks…Continue

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Another reason I became a teacher was Ms. Solomon. Or at least I think she was a ‘Ms.’

Every now and then all teachers need to remember why they became teachers. Sometimes these reasons raise a smile on all of our faces. Also, we all need a break from the stresses of the election and its results. Autumn is one of those magical times of the year when everything seems to be changing for the better.Our gardens are yielding up their delicious bounty, the heavy summer air has been replaced by an invigorating freshness and kids everywhere have been dragged kicking and screaming back to…See More
Nov 11, 2016
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The September your children are walking into

            The hazy crazy days of summer are soon to be replaced by the structured education of our children. Some schools start in late August while others wait until the traditional end of summer call Labor Day. This year many of our children will be experiencing a new form of education philosophy that will concern itself with “Common Core” and “Proficiency Based Education”. This is a substantial change in how our children learn. The question before all of us is this a good…See More
Aug 23, 2016
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The September your children are walking into

            The hazy crazy days of summer are soon to be replaced by the structured education of our children. Some schools start in late August while others wait until the traditional end of summer call Labor Day. This year many of our children will be experiencing a new form of education philosophy that will concern itself with “Common Core” and “Proficiency Based Education”. This is a substantial change in how our children learn. The question before all of us is this a good…See More
Aug 23, 2016
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The legacy of a stainless steel world

The other day at school I was advised by my administration that I should keep my political views to myself. Since the present political cycle is the oddest and most interesting of my life this request will be very difficult to obey. But, also since I am getting older and retirement is less than a year away I thought it best to listen to myself and be damned to all who want to control my thoughts           As I watched my colleagues remove all of their students work in order to eliminate…See More
Mar 19, 2016
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"The best teaching practice is having students motivate students. By Jim Fabiano Not long ago everyone was excited about Disney’s new"
Feb 4, 2016
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It took 30 years to figure out I was only a teacher

         I had a great day..... ..... yesterday.  But, even the greatest of days doesn't make it any easier to get up at 5:00 in the morning.  If only I could get to bed before 11:00 PM on school nights. That would make my life much easier.  With mountains of correcting being precipitated every day that possibility is basically impossible.  So here I am, shocking myself awake with a cold shower so I can stay alert for the approaching new day.          I'm off to work before 6:15 am because it…See More
Nov 21, 2015
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Thanks for the memories Charlie Brown

         I was driving to work the other day thinking of all the things I had to do and also thinking of things I wasn’t supposed to do when all of a sudden I looked up and saw a giant billboard advertising the new “Peanuts” movie. I found myself smiling forgetting all the reality the past 65 years had taught me             Thanks, Charlie Brown, for helping me survive my younger years. In fact, thanks for helping get through my life. You showed me that being overweight and a bit uncoordinated…See More
Nov 11, 2015
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Those who can do because they were taught how to

            The new school year is approaching. I know this because a few days ago I saw my first “Going Back to School Sale” being advertised on television. Many families are now seen scurrying through malls shopping for school dress and supplies. It is a scene I’ve been part of for over three decades. Schools are also getting ready for the influx of students with dreams of becoming anything they want to become.             Winding through the malls hoping to find the perfect pair of socks, I…See More
Aug 12, 2015
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Not too long ago our schools were centered on our children and not Standardized Tests

            Even before our children clean out their lockers or cubby holes the stress of political and economic discussions about how we run our schools turn everyone’s head away from why they exist in the first place. Today’s standardized tests and competition between schools and states have forgotten the purpose of our public school system.             Nobody will argue the fact the people of New England consider the education of their children very important. Because of this, a large…See More
Jun 22, 2015
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What do students think about the many faces of public education?

There comes a time in every teacher’s life when they should stop teaching and start learning from their students. I’ve been teaching for over three decades and just complete a conversation with one of my students that made me do just that. It concerned how technical education was taking over pubic education in both substance and quality. He also questions the attitude and readiness of students entering college.This student, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a Top Ten ranked senior who is not…See More
May 28, 2015
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The argument over content vs. context has reached public education

Public education has gone through many changes throughout my three decades teaching. When I first started teaching chemistry both the teacher and the student was responsible for the success of the student. The administration’s primary responsibility was to support both the students and their teachers.  At that time my success was equated by how well my students understood the concepts and mathematic logic of this central science. Motivation was critical back then because many teachers equated…See More
May 15, 2015
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For educators these are the best and worse of times

                For educators these are the best and worse of times                                                By Jim Fabiano             In my three decades teaching I’ve had many student teachers observe my class. The first time I meet these young men and women I advise them the teaching profession is considered the best and the worse of professions. They always look at me shyly and usually ask what I mean.             I explain the profession is similar to that of a priest. This always…See More
Apr 6, 2015
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Competition has always defined our schools and society

            Webster defines compete as, “ striving for something (as a prize or a reward) for which another is also striving.” The definition goes on to describe competition as, “ a contest in which all who take part compete for the same thing.” Public education now believes the art of competition is something that should have nothing to do with our schools and our children.             Many school systems across our nation have decided to eliminate letter grades and thus eliminate any…See More
Feb 1, 2015
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What all parents should understand about “Common Core Standards”

I am only a teacher. I’ve only been a teacher for the past three decades. I, as you should be, are concerned with the implementation of “Common Core Standards” What gives me credibility is I was also concerned about the 2001 implementation of “No Child Left Behind”. We all know how that came out. I fear the new program will make a lot of money for the businesses of education and once again leave our students weakened and confused. It is estimated that the program, “No Child Left Behind”, cost…See More
Jul 24, 2014
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Feb 8, 2014

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Another reason I became a teacher was Ms. Solomon. Or at least I think she was a ‘Ms.’

Posted on November 11, 2016 at 6:27am 0 Comments

Every now and then all teachers need to remember why they became teachers. Sometimes these reasons raise a smile on all of our faces. Also, we all need a break from the stresses of the election and its results. 

Autumn is one of those magical times of the year when everything seems to be changing for the better.

Our gardens are yielding up their delicious bounty, the heavy summer air has been replaced by an invigorating freshness and kids everywhere…

Continue

The September your children are walking into

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 4:21am 0 Comments

            The hazy crazy days of summer are soon to be replaced by the structured education of our children. Some schools start in late August while others wait until the traditional end of summer call Labor Day. This year many of our children will be experiencing a new form of education philosophy that will concern itself with “Common Core” and “Proficiency Based Education”. This is a substantial change in how our children learn. The question before all of us is this a good…

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The legacy of a stainless steel world

Posted on March 19, 2016 at 10:59am 0 Comments

The other day at school I was advised by my administration that I should keep my political views to myself. Since the present political cycle is the oddest and most interesting of my life this request will be very difficult to obey. But, also since I am getting older and retirement is less than a year away I thought it best to listen to myself and be damned to all who want to control my thoughts

           

As I watched my colleagues remove all of their students work in order…

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It took 30 years to figure out I was only a teacher

Posted on November 21, 2015 at 10:35am 0 Comments

         I had a great day.....

 

..... yesterday.  But, even the greatest of days doesn't make it any easier to get up at 5:00 in the morning.  If only I could get to bed before 11:00 PM on school nights. That would make my life much easier.  With mountains of correcting being precipitated every day that possibility is basically impossible.  So here I am, shocking myself awake with a cold shower so I can stay alert for the approaching new day.

 

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