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What Teachers Really Want for the Holidays

     Posted on Friday, December /18/2015

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What Politics Has Done to Education

     Posted on Thursday, February /19/2015

This poem concisely sums up the current state of education across the nation. These two highly intelligent, observant and insightful poets correctly point out how the system has been perverted to the point of uselessness all in the name of corporate profits, privatization and propaganda.

Let’s hope that they go on to replace the profit-only seeking idiots that are currently dismantling public education for a quick buck.

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Standardized Testing: Be the Widget!

     Posted on Tuesday, February /10/2015
Standardized Testing Fail

Cartoon by Clay Bennett


Yes, it’s still true; standardized, one-size-fits-all testing is a failure and never will meet the needs of a diverse student population. How long are we supposed to support this money-for-big-data ponzi scheme?

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High Quality Common Core Resources for Free!

     Posted on Tuesday, December /09/2014


English Worksheets Land

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to find, let alone recommend any high quality teaching resources.

I’m happy to share English Worksheets Land, a website that offers 1000s of Kindergarten – Fifth Grade printable worksheets directly aligned to the English Language Arts Common Core Standards.

Worksheets are easily sort-able by grade level and topic and are labelled with which common core standard the worksheets align. They’re also nicely done with relevant artwork to increase the curb appeal.

Take a trip over to English Worksheets Land to see what they’ve got to offer before you make your next K-5 Language Arts plans. You’ll like what you find there.

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I Am a Teacher by Thomas Sinclair

     Posted on Monday, October /07/2013

I went to college, got a four year degree.
Was required to go back to college and get a Master’s Degree.
I applied for many positions and even worked as a substitute teacher.
I endured state and national testing.
I was finger printed and background checked.
I trained before, during, and after my training/ education.
I continue to train because I am a lifelong learner.
Since full time employment, I have sacrificed time, sleep, and Family.
I have sacrificed my own money year after year to provide for my students.
I am a teacher.
I have learned, lasted, endured change, endured further change, and endured orders to embrace the change.
While you were sleeping, I have corrected papers and tests, researched and created, and endured harassing phone calls and emails with grace and professionalism.
I teach the kids who live on your streets.
I teach the kids that have been bailed out of jail.
I teach the kids who have been kicked out of psychiatric centers because they were beyond help.
I teach the kids whose home situations you could never imagine even in your worst nightmares.
I teach ALL students no matter their socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, medical/ psychiatric condition, good or poor attitude, religion, family circumstances.
When accused by the federal and state government for being part of a failing system,
I endure name calling, shame, and criticism simply because I am a teacher.
I am professionally evaluated on two days worth of test scores and not the amount of time and effort I put into my teaching.
And despite it all,
I AM a teacher
And devoted to this noble calling.

This first appeared as a Facebook post October 3, 2013.

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