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listenlearninspireteach:

listenlearninspireteach:

I started a gofundme page for my kiddos end of the year trip. We are having a hard time fundraising in the area and some of our kids have worked hard to try to raise the monies, but still have a ways to go. If you have a couple bucks to spare, please consider it! 

The link is here and the page has more details! 

Check it out or boost if you can’t help! 

Thank you #education for all your support whether it is financial or moral! 

Reblogging for those who may not have seen it a while back! 

LLIT is a pal of mine.  She was my buddy last round and when my cousin passed away was a huge support.   I am not in the financial position to donate because of my recent flood, but I promise to pay it forward when I can.  In the meantime, if you are able to donate to her kiddos I’d appreciate it and if you can’t a tumblr boost would be great.

"Common Core testing prepares our students for what they’ll face as adults: pointless stress and confusion."

STEPHEN COLBERT, The Colbert Report (via inothernews)

Okay, I’m going to say this again.  And I will say it every time this appears on my dashboard because if you are tired of people speaking poorly of education and teachers than you need to stop also.  You need to understand the common core and the politics around it because it is your job to.

There is no such thing as “Common Core Testing.”  The Common Core are learning standards.  A standard is a level of quality and is used to gauge learning by setting a bar that is the expected level a student should reach.

To gauge learning you need to assess a student’s performance, skills, and knowledge.  An assessment is any way to collect information about students, curriculum, schools, etc. to help make a decision on things like effectiveness of lesson or how well a student understands a concept.

(Kudos to you if you are still reading!)

Thus, a standard is not an assessment. We need assessments to gauge student learning in relation to a standard.  If the assessment does not assess the objective or standard then that is an invalid assessment and the result will not be reliable.  Thus, the teacher can make no valid interpretation of the results.

So, yes, standardized tests are going to assess the common core standards.  They have to.  The fact that these tests are standardized and have high stakes for teachers has nothing to do with the common core.  Programs such as Race to the Top are causing states states to push the standardized assessments.  Why? MONEY. They must adopt the assessments as well as the standards to get the money.

Want the plain and simple?  Common Core Standards, don’t worry about them. Standardized state assessments on the other hand, we could do without.  

(via aredhat)

Common Core Standards are being PUSHED by text book companies to make a few more bucks with NOW ALIGNED WITH COMMON CORE STANDARDS textbooks, tests, test prep, RtI curriculum, etc.  

Except they are mediocre standards at best and at least in the K-3 aren’t always developmentally appropriate.  For example, they leave out patterning in K all together.  I know a few high school teachers that aren’t fans.   The new common core standard idea I think came about BECAUSE of this atmosphere of standardized tests we’ve come to know.  I don’t think if there wasn’t such an emphasis on the tests that Common Core would have been created in the first place.

First lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign released a totally ’90s video promoting the White House’s forthcoming Easter Egg roll.

First lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign released a totally ’90s video promoting the White House’s forthcoming Easter Egg roll.

spartanrace:

On the eve of the Boston Marathon, we at Spartan Race, along with the country, pay tribute to all the victims and survivors of last year’s attack.
Pictured are athletes and citizens who lived through the events and won’t let tragedy grind them to a halt. This series shot by Robert X. Fogerty for Dear World captures the resilience of those affected that can’t be dampened. Please visit their site to learn more about these people’s stories. 

Boston is as strong as community as the world has. We are proud to be part of it. On Marathon Monday, we will be there. And along with the rest of the world, we will be watching a city recover as one.  

upworthy:

This Guy Went From Making Beer Ads To Making Memes To Change How You Think About Beer Ads
The average person spends over seven hours a day interacting with media and is exposed to over 5,000 marketing messages daily. Think of the last ad you saw. Was it bad for the world? Or good? And how can you tell? The founder of Beware of Images, Sergio “Topo” Toporek, says, “The only truly dangerous media is the unexamined media,” and he is creating a film to help us all analyze it more critically.

upworthy:

This Guy Went From Making Beer Ads To Making Memes To Change How You Think About Beer Ads

The average person spends over seven hours a day interacting with media and is exposed to over 5,000 marketing messages daily. Think of the last ad you saw. Was it bad for the world? Or good? And how can you tell? The founder of Beware of Images, Sergio “Topo” Toporek, says, “The only truly dangerous media is the unexamined media,” and he is creating a film to help us all analyze it more critically.

Help!

I want to buy a customized Ohio State Jersey for a co-worker who is getting married with her new last name.  The Ohio State store has one customized jersey for sale, but it has a very plain front and I don’t like it.  I can’t find any other site with Ohio State jerseys that lets you put on your name.  Any help would be appreciated!

Boy Meets Nostalgia

newyorker:

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The “Boy Meets World” actor Rider Strong discusses child stardom, being “the cross of other people’s nostalgia,” and his involvement in the forthcoming sequel, “Girl Meets World”: http://nyr.kr/PY4iY7

Photograph of Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong (top), and Ben Savage by Craig Sjodin/ABC/Getty.

I just have to say that Pablo and TheMrs. would have been so proud of me tonight.

futurejournalismproject:

A Story Told Well: NPR’s Borderland 

NPR recently launched a special series, Borderland, in which Steven Inskeep traveled along the entire 2,428 mile border between the U.S. and Mexico to report on the nuances of immigration and the relationship between the two countries. Here are the radio stories, which are so worth listening to if this is an issue that you’ve had a hard time wrapping your mind around, or not seen fantastic reporting on before. And here is the stunning visual intro to the series, which breaks the piece down into 12 stories complete with moving characters, all the numbers (presented very digestibly) and a lot of context.

futurejournalismproject:

A Story Told Well: NPR’s Borderland 

NPR recently launched a special series, Borderland, in which Steven Inskeep traveled along the entire 2,428 mile border between the U.S. and Mexico to report on the nuances of immigration and the relationship between the two countries. Here are the radio stories, which are so worth listening to if this is an issue that you’ve had a hard time wrapping your mind around, or not seen fantastic reporting on before. And here is the stunning visual intro to the series, which breaks the piece down into 12 stories complete with moving characters, all the numbers (presented very digestibly) and a lot of context.