by baldilocks Sailing the ocean blue. A group of people who believe the Earth is flat have announced their “biggest, boldest, best adventure yet”: a Flat Earth cruise scheduled for 2020. The cruise, organized by the Flat Earth International Conference, promises to be a lovely time. Flat earthers – who include the rapper B.o.B. [JAO: don’t ask because … Continue reading Voyage to the Edge
By: Pat Austin The end of our first semester is upon us and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my classroom reading project that I began this year and to provide an update since so many of you donated money or sent books to my classroom. Over the summer I read Donalyn … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: My Students Learned to Love to Read
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 – Some random thoughts this week: Book Reviews: I’ve finished reading two books this week: What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren, and Educated by Tara Westover. Both have been books that leave what I call a book-hangover, which is to say that they were both so good that it’s been … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Random Thoughts
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 baldilocks Shakespeare wept And in other news regarding the downfall of the UK … Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers’ union has said. Teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were … Continue reading The United Kingdom is Out of Time
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
The Gaylord National Harbor is a pretty big place so just like Last year there are several other events, conventions, even an NFL players event, overlapping either fully or partially with CPAC 2018. Last year you might remember I conducted a few interviews (and had a memorable intellectual confrontations during DaTechGuy's midnight court) with such … Continue reading Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Education, We talk Students and Math
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- As a high school educator I have spent the last several years of my career lamenting the distraction that is social media in the classroom. When I started teaching twenty-two years ago I didn’t own a cell phone. Not many of my students did either and at that time I … Continue reading Is Social Media Working for You or Against You?
Linus Larrabee: This, this is my home, no wife would ever understand it. David Larrabee: Well neither can I You've got all the money is the world. Linus Larrabee: Well what's money got to do with it? If making money were all there was to business it hardly be worthwhile going into the office. Money … Continue reading Humphrey Bogart Explains Capitalism in Under a Minute
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
Here's a pop quiz for all you students at every level. It doesn't matter whether you're in school today or if you're simply a student of life (as we all should be until we die). Since Jimmy Carter brought us the Department of Education, what has been the positive impact it's had on our students, … Continue reading The only right answer is to end the Department of Education