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Stranger Than Fiction: Body Piercing for a Higher Power?
posted by: Alix | September 17, 2010, 03:41 pm   

Fourteen-year-old Ariana Iacono of North Carolina was suspended on the first day of school for violating her school’s dress code policy. What is it this time, too short of a skirt, a politically incorrect t-shirt, or maybe electric-blue hair?

No, Ariana was suspended for wearing a nose ring—a violation of the no-piercing policy at Clayton High School.  In fact, this is the third time she’s been suspended for the small stud in her nose. Her unique defense is what has been landing national headlines. Continue Reading...

Positive Postcards
posted by: Jill | September 15, 2010, 10:30 am   

“Miss! My mom got the postcard you sent! ” exclaims Andrea through a genuine grin of pleasure.

Searching for more positive reinforcement ideas?  Postcards.  All discipline plans need to address the consequences of student behavior.   And remember, consequences can also be positive.  Sending postcards was one of my positive reinforcement techniques. Continue Reading...

TIME Poll: Americans’ Diverse Views on Education
posted by: Alix | September 13, 2010, 10:17 am   

Last week Time Magazine released a thought-provoking poll of 1,000 randomly sampled Americans from across the country on sentiments toward education and the wave of reforms sweeping the country.

Although 67% of Americans believe the schools systems are in “crisis”, optimism remains strong.  Ninety percent of those polled believe it is, in fact, possible to turn it all around, answering affirmatively to, “Do you think it is possible to make changes that would dramatically improve student performance in our public schools — or do you think this is a problem that is impossible to solve?” Continue Reading...

New York Magazine Features Waiting For ‘Superman’
posted by: Alix | September 10, 2010, 09:38 am   

Not too often a forum for education reform, New York magazine ran a piece this week entitled, “Schools: The Disaster Movie”. The article features the upcoming release of the much anticipated film by An Inconvenient Truth director, Davis Guggenheim, and what most certainly will be a rallying cry for reformers and an outrage for the unions. Continue Reading...

How Well Are You Prepared for a Substitute?
posted by: Jill | September 09, 2010, 11:19 am   

Are you prepared for your first substitute of the year?  Maybe you’ll be able to plan for your inevitable absence from school, but maybe not.  Either way—contemplate creating a binder or improving the one you have created already.

I could have used a substitute binder my first year of teaching when a sledding accident grounded me to my bed for two weeks.  Creating lesson plans while flat on my back was horrible.  Even worse was writing down my rules and procedures for the classroom.  I was on pain killers, need I say more? Continue Reading...

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