Sorry, Superman.

Mike Lee Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Literacy, Mathematics, Parent Involvment, Social Issues

  You can keep waiting for Superman, but he’s not coming.  I find the title of a certain highly controversial documentary to be ironic, because it is problematic in its symbolism, alone.  To invoke such iconography during the debate over

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Master of my Domain

Donnie Dicus Elementary, Life in the Classroom

Before you read this, check out these two articles! http://www.gazette.com/articles/band-104346-toys-seven.html   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/08/weirdest-school-bans_n_707587.html   Both of these articles are about things that have been “banned” from classrooms.  I think banned is a strong word. I congratule these teachers who have stood

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Nothing Special

Eve Rifkin Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Mentoring, Professional Development

Jim has been teaching 1st grade for twenty years. Opportunities to work collaboratively with his colleagues should be as common to him as his annual bulletin-board-supply shopping trip, and yet over the course of his 20-year tenure, Jim has spent countless hours in, what he and most of his colleagues would describe as, “the fancy-man-in-the-suit-with-the-power-point trainings”. If Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule holds true, then Jim and so many others have become experts at feeling patronized and isolated.

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