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Show Them The Money!

I made it all the way through high school without ever learning to balance a checkbook.

In fact~ it wasnt until my early twenties~ when I started my own business~ that I began to learn the all-important skills of tracking and saving money. If there is one place where our educational system falls short~ it is in the area of teaching young people to handle their finances. Its very possible for students to pass tests~ earn honor roll~ and receive diplomas without...

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Tracking Student Growth

Assessment of students is a hot topic today in the field of public education. How do we know the students are making adequate yearly progress? Are they learning an entire year's worth of material? Can we fit all that material in and still have retention of the new ideas and formulas?

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Hawking's Brain to be 'Hacked...

HawkingA team of neuroscientists is working on a device they say has the ability to “hack” a person’s brain. They are so confident in their work that they will be testing the so-called iBrain on none other than the smartest man alive, Stephen Hawking.

Hawking, who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease, is agreeing to test the iBrain in a effort to improve his...

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Middle Schools Students and "...

Bullying is a serious thing. And when it happens in schools~ officials must react and act to show that it will not be tolerated. But is it working? Is this effective at all? Can punishment stop the bullying culture that is tainting schools today?
Karen Klein is a bus monitor. She rides school buses with students to ensure that the bus ride is safe and everyone gets where they are going. But on a recent day~ the bus ride turned emotionally painful as a group of boys bullied her....

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Say "Cheese" Mr. President

I posted another career survey. I was fortunate to have Pete Souza~ the Official White House Photographer~ share his career choice. Perhaps~ you may find it of value to use with your students.

Gail

Here is the link at my website to read the career survey: http://www.gailhennessey.com/index.shtml?Souza2.html

An extension might be to have the...

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Greater Good

One of my most memorable school years happened when I taught lessons that were nowhere to be found in the curriculum. Lessons like raising money for those in need~ collecting supplies for animals that cant help themselves~ and assisting children with a fatal disease to live out their dreams.

Sure~ I taught the required curriculum. However~ what made it a special year~ and hopefully a special learning experience~ was going beyond that curriculum to teach lessons that apply...

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RAD 2

In a previous post~ I discussed the importance of RAD~ or reflecting~ adjusting and delivering. In short~ it means thinking about your teaching approach and classroom~ making adjustments based on what works and doesn't~ then applying those insights.

This week~ I want to go through an actual RAD session~ by listing what worked for me this school year. In doing so~ I believe that you may grasp an idea or concept that could help your classroom. Likewise~ you might share a technique that I...

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Microsoft Enters Tablet Market

SurfaceNo, that image to the left is not an iPad surrounded by SmartCovers. That is the Microsoft Surface. Not to be confused with the giant table-sized computer the company released a while ago, the Surface is Microsoft’s entry into the tablet market.

Attempting to take a page out of Apple’s playbook on several levels, Microsoft revealed the Surface during a mystery...

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Lesson Planning Tips

Lesson planning can be an art form~ if done properly. For too many teachers~ lesson planning can be the black hole of a week - taking several hours out of planning time. Or leaving no planning time~ so the lessons~ teacher editions~ materials~ etc. are toted home to be done in front of Thursday night primetime...

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Using News for Creative Writing-Caution...

Current events can be used to not only create an awareness in young people to what is going on around them but can also be used to create some interesting creative writing exercises. I saw this news story and thought it would be great to use for a creative writing exercise.
A farmer in the Chinese city of Taizhou(about 180 miles south of the city of Shanghai) brought traffic to a stop as he herded his flock of 5000 brown ducks down a highway towards a nearby pond where the ducks get a...

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