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Want to support #education? Donate to Tumblr Teachers’ Classrooms!

Dear Tumblrverse,

Before the explanation part of this post, I need to say this so it will be in posts that are shortened by a reblog: More than anything I ask that you reblog this post so that kind millionaires  more people will see it and more support can be given.   All the Amazon wishlists and blogs are linked below the read more link!

As the new school year approaches, we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out what materials we need for the school year, what will be provided by the school or families, and what we will buy with our own money as we shop sales (if it is in our budget).  Several members of our #education community on tumblr dealt with unexpected family deaths, weather disasters, or more happy (but expensive) life achievements like getting married or having a baby.  Our pockets have been hit hard, and I think you’d be surprised how much of our own money we spend on classrooms each year.

Many of us teach in areas where our students’ families cannot help with school supplies.  In fact, as I began working on this project, every teacher I contacted to include that came from a more affluent community declined being included so that classrooms in greater need could be helped.  I am in awe of the teachers in this community.  After the jump is a list of teachers and their classroom wish lists for the upcoming year.  If you are able to, please consider supporting a teacher via their wishlist.  If you’d rather make a donation to their supply fund or send a gift card, I’m sure you could contact them and they wouldn’t turn you down.   

So after the jump are the blogs and corresponding wishlists from Tumblr’s teachers — most of the educators on this list I have personally interacted with and know them to be dedicated to their students.

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On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers | Alliance For Excellent Education

Roughly half a million U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year—attrition that costs the United States up to $2.2 billion annually. This high turnover rate disproportionately affects high-poverty schools and seriously compromises the nation’s capacity to ensure that all students have access to skilled teaching, according to this Alliance report.

To Fellow ECE, particularly Pre-K, do any of you use ati-online’s Galileo Scales?

I’m working on breaking down the Science Goals and would love to see if anyone else has done this for the other areas or how you use it for planning, assessment, etc.

Project Based Learning @ EduPD!


Hi everyone!

I had the pleasure of creating an EduPD on Project Based Learning for all of you. Hopefully, you find it informative and useful. I have been using PBL for almost seven years in my classroom and I love the format. If you’ve never heard of or used it before, my presentation is a great place to start! Happy Learning!

The Video (I narrate like a boss.)

The Google Drive (Includes the actual presentation and 4 PDF’s for your reading pleasure!)

Also, here is a master list of the resources I linked in the presentation:

Buck Institute for Education

Planting Seeds for Project Based Learning

How to Write Driving Questions

Integrating 21st Century Skills

Graphic Organizers for Inquiry

Rubric Checklists

Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy - Politics K-12 - Education Week

"All students deserve excellent educators, and all educators deserve our full support," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told reporters during a White House press briefing Monday. "To reach these goals, there are no magic bullets or quick fixes and the best ideas, quite frankly, won’t come from any of us here in Washington. … Our department won’t require any particular approach." But, he added, some promising practices include giving strong teachers access to effective principals and colleagues, and paying them fairly, as well as giving teachers time to collaborate and learn from each other.

This is all too vague for me to guess what this could mean for us #education.

D.C. halting key Michelle Rhee reform -

Washington, D.C., chancellor Kaya Henderson announced on Thursday that the city’s public schools would at least temporarily stop evaluating teachers based off of student test scores, a move Henderson described as necessary in order to allow students to acclimate themselves to new tests built around the standards established by the Common Core. The decision represents one more break between the city and the legacy of Henderson’s predecessor, the famous and controversial education reformer Michelle Rhee.

During her tenure as D.C. chancellor, Rhee’s aggressive implementation of test-based evaluation standards was one of the many initiatives she championed during her short and contentious tenure. Henderson’s action was supported by one of the most powerful players in the education reform wars, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with two powerful teachers’ unions — who are usually their adversaries (or frenemies, if you prefer) — the foundation stated that a temporary suspension of test-based evaluations was necessary in order to properly embrace the new Common Core standards.

The Department of Education, however, was considerably less enthusiastic about D.C.’s decision. “Although we applaud District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) for their continued commitment to rigorous evaluation and support for their teachers,” said DOE spokeswoman Raymonde Charles, “we know there are many who looked to DCPS as a pacesetter who will be disappointed with their desire to slow down.”

"They seek each other out, these people of such specific like mind. They tell of how they found the circus, how those first few steps were like magic. Like stepping into a fairy tale under a curtain of stars. They pontificate upon the fluffiness of the popcorn, the sweetness of the chocolate. They spend hours discussing the quality of the light, the heat of the bonfire. They sit over their drinks smiling like children and relish being surrounded by kindred spirits, if only for an evening. When they depart, they shake hands and embrace like old friends, even if they have only just met, and as they go their separate ways they feel less alone than they had before."

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is how I have felt after meeting up with some fellow tumblrs.

teachertaytay asked:

Hey, PPT! I am planning on teaching ESE (special ed.) in FL; however, my district in Central FL- not sure about other districts- segregates severe and profoundly disabled students into their own schools with zero interaction from their regular education peers. What are your thoughts on this? Does your district do something similar? Would it be worth trying to change this practice in FL? Are there are advantages to this "center school" concept? Thanks for your input!

I think that you would need clear documentation that ZERO interaction meets the standards for Least Restrictive Environment.   That means the setting that is as close to a regular education classroom as possible while still allowing the student to be successful.   In my previous district and current, the students you described are in a self-contained classroom, but depending on the individual child, joined another class for things like lunch, recess, art, social studies, etc.  To argue that a student’s LRE includes no interaction with students outside their class would require a lot of data and evidence to show they can’t be successful in those settings.   But that’s my opinion.

The only thing I can see as an advantage of a “center school” concept is perhaps more of the staff is highly trained in the needs of the students at that school.   But that doesn’t mean you couldn’t train staff at other schools.  Florida just passed a new requirement for license renewal for 2 semester hours of teaching students with exceptional needs.  I think that is more the way to go than isolating students.  

Is Anybody Listening to Teachers? - Education Week Teacher

So earlier this year, I attended my first school board meeting to speak out on the proposed initiative to cut the planning period. I was hoping I could get the board to understand how much we needed the teacher’s planning period. In my speech, I tried to convey how much work a teacher does outside of class every day, and how important that work is for students. I told the board that every teacher I know is already working as hard as they can. I asked for their help to maintain the integrity of what I do as a teacher.

When I finished, all the teachers present at the meeting gave me a standing ovation. Several teachers I had never met before hugged me. I had spoken up for what I believed in, and the message came through loud and clear.

The next day several teachers also spoke up publicly, wanting to know if the board would proceed with the changes. A board member responded that in the future, they would try to do a better job of communicating changes to teachers, so there would be more buy in.

In other words, the mandate would go forward as planned regardless of the number of teachers who felt the change would hurt teachers and students. Our objections simply didn’t seem to matter. And it’s hard not to feel that this was partly because we are teachers.

There is a certain stigma attached to being a teacher today. This may derive from the memories some people have of incompetent teachers who sat behind their desks and scolded them. But I think an even worse problem may be the fond memories some adults have of teachers who gave them free periods and sat at their desks and did nothing. Those teachers have given the rest of us a bad reputation because they have made many believe that our job is easy.

The thought of not having full planning periods puts a tightness in my chest.

"They are going to be in a position to assert their rights if and when they are discriminated against."

— President Obama and the use of Title IX to protect trans students.

"Too many of us see college as a box to check off, a place to have fun and extend adolescence as opposed to an opportunity for each of us to figure out what is it that we’re good at, what is it that we care about. Young people waste a lot of time in school."

— President Obama, Tumblr in the White House

Obama is discussing schools that use a 3 yr high school format with a possible two years to get an associate’s degree added on with internships.

This way students get “real world work experience” before finishing school.   This is in answer to a question about students choosing career paths as teenagers, and then realizing after college that their degree actually has nothing to do with what they really want to do in life.

#education and other readers’ thoughts to such a format?