Emily Anne Freeman

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Principal: It’s time for more educators to speak up about the cost of ‘reform’

In the last year or two educators have started to publicly speak up about the negative consequences of standardized test-based school reform and the privatization of public education. Troy LaRaviere is one of them. He is the principal of Chicago’s Blaine Elementary School and a leader of the …

Visual: Half-brain Teaching : STEAM Vs STEM

November 13, 2014<br>The age-old debate on the division of the brain into sections each one responsible for a certain set of skills and tasks overshadows …

4 Tech Tools That Support New Teachers

Professional Learning<p>With high attrition rates among new teachers, districts are using software to help them choose the right candidates and give …

Responding to critics of Common Core math in the elementary grades | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Common Core has the potential to shift and drastically improve math instruction in American schools, but its detractors have marshalled a raucous …

Mathematics

The Fallacy Of Top Down Education Reform (Part One)

Back in 1995 in my state of Oregon the legislature came up with a new educational program that was going to improve test scores and graduate more students. It was called the Educational Act for the 21st century and was widely applauded by the Federal Government, state bureaucrats, educators and …

Why so many parents are freaking out about Common Core math

Earlier this year Louis C.K. made news by tweeting about how Common Core math was making his daughters cry.<p>He is hardly the only parent who has found Common Core math perplexing. Here is one attempt to explain why so many parents are freaking out about it. It was written by Emmanuel Felton of The …

Common Core reading: 'The New Colossus'

<i>Part 1 in a 4-part series on reading in the Common-Core era.</i><p>The Common Core State Standards are changing what many kids read in school. They're …

Teacher Training Is A Ridiculously Easy Way To Ace College, Report Says

Majoring in education is an easy route to high college grades and graduation, says a new report that calls for higher standards in teacher preparation programs.<p>The National Council on Teacher Quality, a Washington-based think tank and advocacy group, says in a report released Wednesday titled, …

Why We Use "X" as the Unknown in Math

For hundreds of years, x has been the go-to symbol for the unknown quantity in mathematical equations. So who started this practice?<p>Algebra was born …

Mathematics

New Visual: Steps to Create A Blended Learning Classroom

November 10, 2014<br>In the midst of the rapidly changing educational paradigms, teachers are continuously required to actualize their teaching pedagogy …

How the Lame Ducks Can Strike Back

The lame duck session gives ousted legislators a chance to do something they dare not have done before the election: propose legislation that actually benefits constituents even if it means upsetting contributors. Specifically, they could take a giant step towards closing the most egregious tax …

There Is No Suspense: SCOTUS Has Already Decided to Kill Obamacare

Unless you found the end of <i>Rocky IV</i> to be a surprise, you do not need your popcorn. There is no drama, no suspense.<p>You also do not need to be a legal scholar, know anything about the U.S. Constitution, nor reference legislative history or precedents. That is not how to understand the Roberts …

Antonin Scalia

Excellent Graphic Feauring 10 Powerful Body Language Tips Teachers Should Know

November 10, 2014<br>In addition to the presentation tips we have mentioned in the previous post, the visual below provides you with another set of tips …

This Baby Otter Learning How to Swim Is the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today

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Zoology