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So, wait...Are You Running for School Board? or Mayor?
posted by: Tim | June 03, 2011, 09:35 am   

Depending on where you live, a mayor's role in public education can vary greatly. It can create for an odd situation, in most municipalities, where mayors have no direct control over the education system, but yet education consistently registers as one of the top issues in mayoral races across the country. I began to contemplate this situation as I sat at a Denver mayoral debate between Chris Romer and Michael Hancock this week that was focused solely on education (here is the Denver Post's coverage or Education News Colorado posted some great footage). In Denver, like most Colorado cities, the mayor has no direct control over the public education system, which prompted me to ponder: What do we expect from a mayor when it comes to education?
Differentiation Daily
posted by: Tim | June 01, 2011, 09:44 am   

>>>Originally posted by Jill on the AAE Blog was brought to my attention last week by its creator, Paula Kluth, and her team. It's a potpourri of posts that provide quick descriptions of websites that teachers can add to their arsenal of teaching tools and strategies.
Grading Grade Recovery
posted by: Tim | May 27, 2011, 04:03 pm   

While walking into a local restaurant, the cover story on Denver's Westword publication caught my attention. It is an article about computer-based grade recovery and how some students at a Denver high school are gaming the system by failing their traditionally taught courses by not putting in much effort, and then easily making up the credit through the program. It caused me to reflect on a similar program that the middle school I taught at used as I considered some of the pros and cons of providing these safety-nets to students.

Snow Days Might Not Be So Cool Anymore
posted by: Tim | May 23, 2011, 01:20 pm   

I thought it might be fun to make my first blog post about something that, as a newbie to Colorado, I have never had the joy to experience...yet. Snow days have surely meant morning relief to countless school age kids for as long as there has been school and snow, but as reported in a recent story from the Associated Press, that could soon be changing. Sorry, kids. Make sure you thank the internet the next time you are facebooking or tweeting.

Calling a Truce With Your Textbook
posted by: Tim | May 18, 2011, 07:44 pm   

>> Originally posted by Jill on the AAE Blog

I may get virtual rotten tomatoes thrown at me by some of you, but I liked the textbook that was issued for my 7th grade classes.  (Dodging an overripe red projectile.)

It wasn't perfect, but it contained solid content, numerous resources for all learning levels, lesson and strategy suggestions, and questions that addressed different learning readiness levels.  The California content standards were always referenced and it integrated test preparation rather well (okay, I helped that one along).  Ray Bradbury short stories, Twilight Zone plays, Pablo Neruda poetry, and a Gary Soto tweenager tale to kick off the year titled "Seventh Grade"  (It's still one of my favorites).

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