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Most comments: 6

2012-12-17 02:13:28 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The President gave a lovely, emotion-filled speech, but when is he going to DO something? ACTIONS count, not words.

Most reshares: 3

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2012-10-10 01:43:43 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Most plusones: 8

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2013-06-05 00:58:48 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

These are all good suggestions, but they barely touch on the main causes of teacher dropout: lack of support from administration and too much micro-managing. The latter can be rephrased as lack of recognition of one's professionalism and abilities. 

Teachers, like most people, want to have a say in their working environment and recognition that they have the intelligence and experience to contribute ideas and suggestions that the administration (district as well as school) need to pay attention to. This does not mean that all teacher suggestions need to be implemented, but that their suggestions get a fair and considered hearing. 

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2014-01-19 15:02:41 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I use a Chrome add-in called WOT (web of trust) that warns me of dangers associated with the websites I visit. It tells me that Contweets.com has been identified as a source of malware. I will not be using Contweets and I suggest that anyone who does should keep their anti-virus programs updated and turned on.

I use a Chrome add-in called WOT (web of trust) that warns me of dangers associated with the websites I visit. It tells me that Contweets.com has been identified as a source of malware. I will not be using Contweets and I suggest that anyone who does should keep their anti-virus programs updated and turned on.___

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2013-10-22 10:51:37 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

 What these students are complaining about is not really the teacher, but the curriculum and the style of teaching mandated by the school or district.

Everyone learns all the time, but in a haphazard way. Students often don't realize how they developed the intellectual tools they need to learn efficiently on their own. I'm as anti-curriculum as anyone, but EVERYONE, students, adult-learners, EVERYONE needs guides, interlocutors, people who will challenge their assumptions and conclusions, and others. Real learning is never a solitary pursuit, and can't be done in the middle of the tsunami of potential links Google and other search engines throw at one.

 What these students are complaining about is not really the teacher, but the curriculum and the style of teaching mandated by the school or district.

Everyone learns all the time, but in a haphazard way. Students often don't realize how they developed the intellectual tools they need to learn efficiently on their own. I'm as anti-curriculum as anyone, but EVERYONE, students, adult-learners, EVERYONE needs guides, interlocutors, people who will challenge their assumptions and conclusions, and others. Real learning is never a solitary pursuit, and can't be done in the middle of the tsunami of potential links Google and other search engines throw at one.___

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2013-07-15 20:51:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Vulcan overlooking Birmingham, Alabama.

Vulcan overlooking Birmingham, Alabama.___

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2013-06-05 00:58:48 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

These are all good suggestions, but they barely touch on the main causes of teacher dropout: lack of support from administration and too much micro-managing. The latter can be rephrased as lack of recognition of one's professionalism and abilities. 

Teachers, like most people, want to have a say in their working environment and recognition that they have the intelligence and experience to contribute ideas and suggestions that the administration (district as well as school) need to pay attention to. This does not mean that all teacher suggestions need to be implemented, but that their suggestions get a fair and considered hearing. 

These are all good suggestions, but they barely touch on the main causes of teacher dropout: lack of support from administration and too much micro-managing. The latter can be rephrased as lack of recognition of one's professionalism and abilities. 

Teachers, like most people, want to have a say in their working environment and recognition that they have the intelligence and experience to contribute ideas and suggestions that the administration (district as well as school) need to pay attention to. This does not mean that all teacher suggestions need to be implemented, but that their suggestions get a fair and considered hearing. ___

2013-05-30 01:48:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Stunned, honored and humbled to be a finalist for a librarian Bammy Award alongside  Shannon McLintock Miller, Joyce Valenza, and two other excellent librarians, Jennifer LaGarde and Matthew C. Winner.

Stunned, honored and humbled to be a finalist for a librarian Bammy Award alongside  Shannon McLintock Miller, Joyce Valenza, and two other excellent librarians, Jennifer LaGarde and Matthew C. Winner.___

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2013-05-05 20:56:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Help focus the energy of young people on the task of making the world a better place. Please join me in supporting the important work The Quest2Matter is doing.

Help focus the energy of young people on the task of making the world a better place. Please join me in supporting the important work The Quest2Matter is doing.___

2013-05-04 13:00:14 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Job Vacancies! Elementary media specialists/librarian vacancies (2) open in the progressive and beautiful Albemarle Va - home to the UVa. Join Melissa Techman and other full time, well-supported librarians who work under one of the best Superintendents ever, Pam Moran, and are designing maker/flex library spaces - click Meriwether Lewis and/or Woodbrook Elem to apply.
http://www.albemarle.org/jobdetail.asp?department=hr&ID=14949  

Job Vacancies! Elementary media specialists/librarian vacancies (2) open in the progressive and beautiful Albemarle Va - home to the UVa. Join Melissa Techman and other full time, well-supported librarians who work under one of the best Superintendents ever, Pam Moran, and are designing maker/flex library spaces - click Meriwether Lewis and/or Woodbrook Elem to apply.
http://www.albemarle.org/jobdetail.asp?department=hr&ID=14949  ___

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2013-05-03 21:37:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The South Bronx is blooming!

The South Bronx is blooming!___

2013-04-24 16:13:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thanks for the invite, Lynn. I'm Deven Black,@devenkblack on Twitter. I am a middle school librarian in NYC who is trying to bring a tech-lacking school into the 21st (or in some cases, late 20th) Century. I am constantly learning and always looking to share what I learn (except everyone else seems to know it first).

Thanks for the invite, Lynn. I'm Deven Black,@devenkblack on Twitter. I am a middle school librarian in NYC who is trying to bring a tech-lacking school into the 21st (or in some cases, late 20th) Century. I am constantly learning and always looking to share what I learn (except everyone else seems to know it first).___

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2013-04-08 00:41:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Blatant self promotion and a bit more.

Blatant self promotion and a bit more.___

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2013-04-07 22:41:14 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I've been nominated for a Bammy award! Please take the time to vote for teachers and other education professionals who deserve recognition.

I've been nominated for a Bammy award! Please take the time to vote for teachers and other education professionals who deserve recognition.___

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2013-03-24 14:33:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Every student should question whether the traditional path through the education system works for them and consider all alternatives.

Every student should question whether the traditional path through the education system works for them and consider all alternatives.___

2013-02-11 00:55:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Important discussions are starting to happen at my school.

Important discussions are starting to happen at my school.___

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2013-02-08 13:31:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

When does the pendulum stop in the middle...and do we really want it to?

When does the pendulum stop in the middle...and do we really want it to?___

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2013-01-19 00:19:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

What a sweet idea!

What a sweet idea!___

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2013-01-09 00:13:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Why all the ideas for teacher assessment are doomed to fail.

Why all the ideas for teacher assessment are doomed to fail.___

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2013-01-08 02:27:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Taking another look at the idea of arming teachers.

Taking another look at the idea of arming teachers.___

2012-12-30 19:21:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"The purpose of high school in most of America today is to host a four-year college acceptance program"

Counterfeit Kids: why they can't think and how to save them, by Rod Baird.

"The purpose of high school in most of America today is to host a four-year college acceptance program"

Counterfeit Kids: why they can't think and how to save them, by Rod Baird.___

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2012-12-30 19:14:29 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Tony Gurr in All Things Learning: Why "SMART Goals" are just "plain DUMB"

Tony Gurr in All Things Learning: Why "SMART Goals" are just "plain DUMB"___

2012-12-30 16:42:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2012-12-30 16:26:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Gratitude Past DueL Lessons on Culture...People...Determination by +Pam Moran Lasting lessons for educators from her mentor.

Gratitude Past DueL Lessons on Culture...People...Determination by +Pam Moran Lasting lessons for educators from her mentor.___

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2012-12-30 16:24:52 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

People are born creative. Then what happens?

People are born creative. Then what happens?___

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2012-12-29 22:26:02 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2012-12-23 12:45:47 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I had the privilege to be taught by Gatto early in his career. I think it is time for a  national teacher's strike. One day -- preferably the day some major test is given -- and maybe then we can get a seat at the policy table.

I had the privilege to be taught by Gatto early in his career. I think it is time for a  national teacher's strike. One day -- preferably the day some major test is given -- and maybe then we can get a seat at the policy table.___

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2012-12-19 04:28:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Some thoughts following the Newtown, CT massacre. http://educationontheplate.com/2012/12/18/keeping-my-students-safe-isnt-easy/

Some thoughts following the Newtown, CT massacre. http://educationontheplate.com/2012/12/18/keeping-my-students-safe-isnt-easy/___

2012-12-17 02:13:28 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The President gave a lovely, emotion-filled speech, but when is he going to DO something? ACTIONS count, not words.

The President gave a lovely, emotion-filled speech, but when is he going to DO something? ACTIONS count, not words.___

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2012-12-11 13:51:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2012-12-07 23:22:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Hello everyone. Thank you for the invitation, Lynn.

Hello everyone. Thank you for the invitation, Lynn.___

2012-11-12 13:35:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Found out last night that my proposal for a panel at Educon2013 has been accepted. Honored and excited.

Found out last night that my proposal for a panel at Educon2013 has been accepted. Honored and excited.___

2012-11-12 13:33:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Being called a bitch isn't half as bad as being treated like one. Via The Exasperated Educator

Being called a bitch isn't half as bad as being treated like one. Via The Exasperated Educator___

2012-10-25 16:53:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2012-10-21 18:33:37 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Finally! The details of the Romney tax plan.

Finally! The details of the Romney tax plan.___

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2012-10-17 14:09:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2012-10-10 15:53:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2012-10-10 01:43:43 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2012-10-04 01:01:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Radical librarian favors banning books!

Radical librarian favors banning books!___

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2012-10-01 01:02:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

There are many ways to show You Matter

There are many ways to show You Matter___

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2012-09-17 16:38:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

My thoughts attending the first and potentially annual Bammy Awards for Excellence in Education this weekend in Washington, DC. 

My thoughts attending the first and potentially annual Bammy Awards for Excellence in Education this weekend in Washington, DC. ___

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2012-08-02 18:16:46 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

My talk from this week's #140edu  Conference in NYC.

My talk from this week's #140edu  Conference in NYC.___

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2012-07-22 01:24:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Surprised and honored that the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM used three of the photos I took there last summer in their Century of Masters gallery on Flikr.

Surprised and honored that the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM used three of the photos I took there last summer in their Century of Masters gallery on Flikr.___

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2012-07-20 22:18:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Hunger Games read-alike flowchart. Excellent!

Hunger Games read-alike flowchart. Excellent!___

2012-07-04 11:26:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I criticize my country's policies, of its leaders & of its legislatures. I am happy and proud to live in a country where I can be so critical without fear of prosecution, persecution or other punishment.

Happy Independence Day!

I criticize my country's policies, of its leaders & of its legislatures. I am happy and proud to live in a country where I can be so critical without fear of prosecution, persecution or other punishment.

Happy Independence Day!___

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2012-06-11 21:51:46 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Who would you like to chat with over a beer, talk deeply with over dinner?  http://e-180.com/en?lrRef=af61c

Who would you like to chat with over a beer, talk deeply with over dinner?  http://e-180.com/en?lrRef=af61c___

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2012-06-01 02:22:14 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A totally brilliant way to save a library!

A totally brilliant way to save a library!___

2012-05-30 01:36:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Found out today I'm going to be speaking at the 140Edu conference in NYC at the end of July/start of August on the topic of Making Dropping Out of School Work for You. Teachers can attend for $1.40 for the two days. It is one of the best bargains anywhere.

Found out today I'm going to be speaking at the 140Edu conference in NYC at the end of July/start of August on the topic of Making Dropping Out of School Work for You. Teachers can attend for $1.40 for the two days. It is one of the best bargains anywhere.___

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2012-05-24 22:58:38 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Coming soon to a computer near you!

Coming soon to a computer near you!___

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2012-05-21 02:27:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

New York raises education standards by lowering them.

New York raises education standards by lowering them.___

2012-05-20 22:13:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

If you have to cut a grade of school to meet the tax cap, would you cut kindergarten or 12th? Or perhaps a different grade entirely.

If you have to cut a grade of school to meet the tax cap, would you cut kindergarten or 12th? Or perhaps a different grade entirely.___

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2012-05-20 19:42:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Science is simple.

Science is simple.___

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2012-04-23 01:23:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

http://educationontheplate.com/2012/04/22/our-national-story-is-ruining-our-nation/

http://educationontheplate.com/2012/04/22/our-national-story-is-ruining-our-nation/___

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