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Over 1000 educators and parents packed Hofstra's Adams Playhouse last evening to hear a variety of presentations from regional respected educators regarding the New York State standardized testing program. One of the panelists was highly respected elementary school principal, Dr. Donald Sternberg. His remarks drew strong and sustained applause from the audience. Many will remember Don's SL 2.0…Continue
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September 4, 2012
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Teaching by posing essential questions is one of the most powerful strategies in an educator’s arsenal. I would like to pose these essential questions for the people in the government and the education department to ponder as they enact the new teacher/principal evaluation laws. They are in no particular order, and they are but a few of the questions that could be asked.
• Why is there no discussion about the unethical nature of using test scores to evaluate teachers and…
My last post, Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education, seems to have gotten quite a few people talking about educators needing to learn more. Of course there were some who disagreed, which is an inevitable consequence of blogging. One of the comments that caused me to think even more about this educator/learner topic was a comment that I had…Continue
Added by Tom Whitby on June 18, 2012 at 2:20pm — No Comments
When you sit down in a quiet moment of reflection and consider all the insanely ill-conceived, demeaning, and downright wrong things that are happening to educators, you begin to ask yourself what happened??
How did we go from a profession in which people showed a modicum of respect for us, to be blamed for the bad economy, not being good at our job, and unworthy of a pension? What did we do to deserve the “gothca” mentality that is pervasive from SED? How did we allow people who are so…
Added by Michael Keany on May 11, 2012 at 4:11pm — No Comments
Added by Bill Burkhead on April 29, 2012 at 3:11pm — No Comments
Two weeks ago the children in grades 3, 4 and 5 in our school participated in the New York State English Language Arts Tests. These tests spanned a three day period and lasted somewhere between 90 and 180 minutes each day depending on the individual child and their specific needs. The tests, which have been administered in some way, shape or form for over a decade in NY state (Grade 4 students have been taking these tests since the late '90s), are given to assess how our students are…Continue
Added by Tony Sinanis on April 29, 2012 at 12:26pm — No Comments
Added by Michael Keany on April 29, 2012 at 8:34pm — No Comments
A high school teacher in New York sent me the following e-mail, which discusses a most unfortunate unintended…
Added by Michael Keany on April 30, 2012 at 8:57am — No Comments