FridaKahlo by Olivia

Addressing Dyslexia in Arizona, Part 1

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Assessment, Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Literacy, Parent Involvment, Professional Development

Frida Kahlo is known for her vibrancy in art and life, and her courage. Although I have always loved the surreal, direct qualities of her portraits, I had forgotten that she experienced injury and illness that led to multiple physical

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Live Love

Sticks and Stones

Alaina Adams Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Literacy, Love, Social Issues, Teacher Leadership, Uncategorized

Recently, a colleague of mine had the honor of speaking to teenagers about the power of becoming an educator. To prepare, she posted a Facebook status asking these questions: “Why should people pursue teaching degrees? Why should people teach in public schools?”

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Reality Check for English Language Learners

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Assessment, Education, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Literacy, Uncategorized

  Snippets of surreptitious conversational Spanish dart around the classroom amid scattered outbursts of giggles. I review the color-coded highlighting of sentence parts in our newest sentence formula involving superlative adjectives, pointing to the laminated neon cards magneted to the

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Geography Awareness Week!  Get psyched!

We Shall Not Cease From Exploration: A Plea for Geography Education

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Issues, Teacher Leadership, Web/Tech

Did you know it’s Geography Awareness Week (November 13-19)?  Did I just lose your interest because when you hear “geography” you picture a dusty, outdated atlas on your classroom shelf?  This is my plea for geography instruction in today’s schools.

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Hot Air Balloon Places (1)

Oh The Places of School Choice

Alaina Adams Education, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Literacy, Love, Mathematics, Parent Involvment, Social Issues, Uncategorized

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” ~Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Educators, riddle me this: How many of us actually send our personal children

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Factory model

Henry Ford and Ed Policy

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Literacy

“I’d like to observe your 90-minute reading block if that works for you,” says my principal as we are setting a date for my formal observation. “Well, we’ll be using literacy skills to close read and annotate a piece of

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