"Ask a teacher friend of yours who teaches in a test-centric school how inspiring their job is. Ask them what it’s like to teach the same lesson, read the same script and grade the same assessments as every other teacher in the district they reside. Ask them how much joy they feel when they interrupt their classes to bring students to a “test prep rally,” or when they are required to include sample test questions in all of their assessments. Ask them what it is like to have their professional instincts questioned and their years of experience tossed aside in lieu of new programming designed to raise test scores. Even if these programs increase test scores, they turn our teachers into technicians and destroy their souls along the way."
— Selling our value as teachers (via gjmueller)
"As professionals we have an obligation to continue our own learning journey to maximize our ability to promote growth and success in our classrooms and schools. There is no better way to encourage learning than to model your own."
— Getting connected is just the first step — now it’s time to lead (via gjmueller)
"When did we become a country where the millionaires are jealous of the people on food stamps? A country that thinks teachers and fire fighters are soaking us dry? A country that thinks the richest who are paying the lowest taxes in 80 years are the ones being beaten up?"
— Who Wants Free Stuff? | Eclectablog (via section9)
I’m experimenting with socrative.com. I’m going to try a sequences and series set of multiple choice and short answers using the image facility to display the mathematics which I’ve created in powerpoint and saved as jpegs.