By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It’s a rainy, fall day here in Louisiana and we are one week away from fall break at school, and less than two weeks away from publishing day for my book, so my attention span is all over the map right now. I have only some loose, disconnected thoughts for … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts on a Rainy Day
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- One of the unintended consequences of Common Core (or whatever your state’s iteration of Common Core is) has been an attack on the classroom library and independent reading. In the move to implement a “Tier 1 curriculum,” the first thing to go is anything that does not align with that … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: ELA Teachers told to Remove Novels from Classrooms
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – My summer is over. It’s back to school for me tomorrow to begin year twenty-four. Or is it twenty-three? I can’t remember. I want to take a moment today to thank the readers of this blog for their donations to my new classroom library; so many of you hit that … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Thanks for the Books!
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – As I was thinking about what to share with you this week I gave some deep thought to trashing John Bel Edwards and his tax-raising, money-grabbing administration of our state, and I also thought about listing the myriad reasons why Mitch Landrieu would be a terrible president of our country … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Seeking the Positive
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – In my post last week I attempted to take you inside the Common Core classroom, to pull back the curtain and show the complete and utter loss of autonomy and creativity teachers have experienced under this program to the point that teachers are not even allowed to use their own … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Why is there a teacher shortage?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- I have just completed year twenty-three as a teacher of sophomore English. I've been there long enough that people are starting to ask, "How many more years do you have left?", wondering if I am planning retirement one of these days. I have always said that I would stay as … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Inside the Common Core Classroom
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It has been about ten days since I launched my Classroom Library Project in an effort to build a new classroom library for the purpose of encouraging my high school students to fall in love with reading again, and in those ten days I have now received over 60 books … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Books in the Mail!
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- "What was the last book you read outside of school -- something you read just for fun? And if you don't like to read, why not?" That was my First Five for my grade 10 ELA students one day last week. I've been doing a lot of reading and research … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Fostering a Love of Reading
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I read with interest the post by Baldilocks about the kids in the United Kingdom who can’t tell time. It seems difficult to believe, doesn’t it? But, it’s true and it’s true here in America too. I teach in an American high school and I have kids who can’t tell … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Are we destroying reading?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Can I just beat this drum one more time? Let’s talk about the American public school system just once more, because I’m just not seeing the outrage that I would expect to see if parents really knew what was going on in classrooms with regard to curriculum. In the first … Continue reading Let’s Beat this Common Core Drum One More Time
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Textbook? Or not textbook? With apologies to William Shakespeare, that is the question in public education. Some school districts are ditching textbooks; case in point, consider the Life Sciences Secondary School in Manhattan who threw away copies of math, science, and ELA texts as well as copies of Romeo and … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Ditch the Textbooks
I'm pretty busy today working on the Trump Year one Lunch and Panel event in Leominster MA at noon today (you can still buy tickets here or at the door for $20 which includes an all you can eat buffet) so I don't have a lot of time for a long piece on shutdowns, Tom … Continue reading Three More Trump Wins UNRWA/Common Core/Apple
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – As a secondary ELA teacher of twenty-two years I have had a growing concern over the changes I’ve seen in education over the past few years, primarily with the advent of Common Core and its many forms. I was against the principles of Common Core when it started and now … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Teacher Bots
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- I am struggling with the Common Core ELA curriculum. We’ve been talking about Common Core nationally for several years now but it has only this year actually trickled down into my high school classroom with the new, mandated Louisiana Believes curriculum which is hosted on Learnzillion. Apparently what “Louisiana believes” … Continue reading Struggling with Common Core
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Let’s talk Common Core one more time. I don’t know why this is still an issue, why this is still a thing, why it still exists, but it does. Many states have renamed it, but no matter what name you give it, it’s still Common Core, and it’s rotten. Besides … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Reject the Scripted Curriculum