11138651_754738034638828_919663029772870439_n

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

April 26, 2016 – NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY – NATIONAL KIDS AND PETS DAY – NATIONAL AUDUBON DAY – NATIONAL RICHTER SCALE DAY – NATIONAL PET PARENTS DAY – NATIONAL HELP A HORSE DAY

Originally posted on National Day Calendar:

National Pretzel Day - April 26 National Pretzel Day – April 26

NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY

National Pretzel Day is celebrated annually on April 26.  A bag of nice crunchy, salty pretzels or a big, warm, soft, cinnamon pretzel is the question of the day.  Either one is a great choice.

There are a few different accounts in the origin of the pretzel.  Most people agree that it does have a Christian background and they were invented by the monks.  According to The History of Science and Technology, in 610 AD, “an Italian monk invents pretzels as a reward to children who learn their prayers.  He calls the strips of baked dough, folded to resemble arms crossing the chest, “pretiola” (little rewards)”

Another source puts the invention in a monastery in southern France.  The looped pretzel may also be related to a Greek Ring bread from the communion bread used in monasteries a thousand years ago.  In the…

View original 819 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Randi Goes to Pearson Shareholders’ Meeting to Speak Against Spying

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Randi Weingarten is on her way to speak at the Network for Public Education’s second annual conference in Chicago this weekend.

But she detoured to London to attend the Pearson shareholder meeting. She took the opportunity to tell Pearson to stop spying on children through their social media accounts. And she requested that Pearson stop lobbying and making campaign contributions to politicians for the sake of their testing business.

I am not sure that the folks at Prstson ever heard such straight talk.

View original

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Teacher Writes Letter Using Pearson Vocabulary

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

A teacher wrote this little essay and dedicated it to Governor Andrew Cuomo:

“There is a man in Albany, who I surmise, by his clamorous paroxysms, has an extreme aversion to educators. He sees teachers as curs, or likens them to mangy dogs. Methinks he suffers from a rare form of psychopathology in which he absconds with our dignity by enacting laws counterintuitive to the orthodoxy of educational leadership. We have given him sufferance for far too long. He’s currently taking a circuitous path to DC, but he will no doubt soon find himself in litigious waters. The time has come to bowdlerize his posits, send him many furlongs away, and maroon him there, maybe Cuba?

She added:

I’m not supposed to say this, but all these insanely hard words appeared on the 4,6, and 8th grade tests last week.

View original

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

April 25, 2015 – NATIONAL KISS OF HOPE DAY – NATIONAL TELEPHONE DAY – NATIONAL EAST MEETS WEST DAY – NATIONAL ZUCCHINI BREAD DAY – NATIONAL DNA DAY – NATIONAL HUG A PLUMBER DAY – NATIONAL SENSE OF SMELL DAY – NATIONAL REBUILDING DAY

Originally posted on National Day Calendar:

Don’t miss the wine event of 2016!  Five amazing days cruising the Caribbean over National Drink Wine Day.

National Kiss of Hope Day Last Saturday in April National Kiss of Hope Day Last Saturday in April

NATIONAL KISS OF HOPE DAY

National Kiss of Hope Day is observed annually on the last Saturday of April.  This day is a day couples and parents are encouraged to express their love for one another and help be a part of exciting fund-raising ideas to help amazing charities all over the world.

The Kiss of Hope Foundation (KOH) is an organization committed to enriching the lives of families, individuals and communities in need.  The foundation’s purpose is to raise money to help families with rent, provide needed food, clothing for children, etc.

CELEBRATE

On April 25, 2015, the Kiss Of Hope Foundation will celebrate National Kiss Of Hope Day by encouraging everyone to shoot a short video of you and your loved ones blowing your Kiss…

View original 1,197 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Cannibalization of General Education—Guest Post

Originally posted on Crazy Normal - the Classroom Exposé:

Before I address the topic of Integrated Collaborative Teaching (ICT), which is the combining of special education and general education students in the same class, I want to thank Mr. Lofthouse for publishing my anonymous guest post on his Crazy Normal blog.  I have read many of Mr. Lofthouse’s blog posts that covered charter schools, Common Core curriculum and other pertinent educational issues, and I appreciate Mr. Lofthouse creating his Crazynormal blog so that teachers can educate the public.

Before I address Integrated Collaborative Classrooms (ICT), here is a brief bio about me.  I am currently teaching at a comprehensive high school in California, and I have been teaching for 26 years.  The reason why I am publishing this post anonymously has to do with the often hostile and combative environment that our public schools have become as reformers attempt to silence teachers through fear of losing their jobs.

Returning…

View original 1,287 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Senate ESEA Draft: Review of Approved Amendments, Part II

Originally posted on deutsch29:

On April 16, 2015, the Senate education committee approved the Alexander-Murray draft of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), a 601-page document entitled, The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.

The draft approval was accompanied by 29 amendments, which can be found on this Senate ed page.

I reviewed the entire original 601-page Alexander-Murray draft in a series of six posts that can be accessed here.

I have already reviewed 10 of the 29 amendments. My review of those first 10 can be accessed here.

In this post, I continue my review of the 29 amendments with the next 10. (I will review the remainder in yet another post.)

I am reviewing the amendments mostly in alphabetical order by file name. Below each file link is my review for that particular amendment.

Let’s begin:

Burr_TitleII_Amendment#1:

This single-page amendment allots a greater proportion of…

View original 1,381 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment