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Education is now on the Spotlight--and there are some awesome people there. ⇢


And I’m very honored to be included.  <3 u tumblr.  


The librarians have been facing questions from the district’s lawyers, as an administrative law judge seeks to determine if they should be considered as teachers.

At KQED’s California Report, Krissy Clark reports:

In the basement of a building in downtown L.A., there is a makeshift hearing room where school librarians have been quietly defending their jobs over the last few weeks.

One by one, librarians who got layoff notices this spring sat before a judge, while a school district attorney peppered them with questions about their abilities as teachers. “Do you know how to take attendance?” he’d ask. “How many weeks are in a school year?”


LA School District Tells Librarians: You’re Not Teachers

My school’s library media specialist is one of the best teachers (to both students and other teachers) in my school. She has a ton of different responsibilities and tackles them gracefully. She’s also done a great job to make technology “happen” at my school. With her in mind, I find this headline appalling. I hope knowing how to take attendance isn’t what makes a teacher.


Tragedy of a Teacher ⇢


This is a powerful post full of thoughts on teaching, inspiration, and tragedy. The most inspirational teacher at the middle school never knew it and quit. She didn’t get the last day when she would hear an essay about how she was the most inspirational teacher at the school. She didn’t get the last day because her house and the school auditorium where the essay would have been read and the essay itself are now all gone. Tragedy upon tragedy. We need ways for teachers to know that they are inspirational.

A Beginniner's Guide to Tumblr ⇢

If you have colleagues or friends that just don’t get Tumblr, pass this helpful blog post along to them- it includes screenshot-based tutorials and an explanation of Tumblr’s purpose.

Public school districts spent an average of $10,499 per student on elementary and secondary education in the 2009 fiscal year, up 2.3 percent from 2008. In contrast, spending rose by 6.1 percent and 5.8 percent in the two years before that.

“I think they are responding to economic and political realities,” said Robert N. Lowry Jr., deputy director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. “There’s been this recognition that times are different.”

- Growth in Education Spending Slowed in 2009

The New York Times

The Edublogger: Our tips for getting blogs ready for the end of the school year ⇢

Blog with your students? Unsure what to do as the end of the school year approaches? This blog post gives some great options and offers up screenshot-based tutorials as well.

EasyBib comes to the iPhone and iPad ⇢

Click through to read Richard Byrne’s post about the popular citation app.

Viewing multiple websites at once

The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness has created a couple of blog posts with options to view multiple websites at once. Click through to the blog posts below:

This might be helpful for your own personal use or if you’re viewing multiple webpages with students.

12 Reasons to blog with your students ⇢

Read the other great reasons over at her blog post!

  1. Blogging encourages student voice.
    First person writing lets the students share who they are.
  2. Blogging creates a stronger connection with the teacher.
    I’m a better teacher when I know my students better. When they blog, I learn a lot about them and am able to design lessons that interest them. (This is an important part of differentiated instruction.)
  3. Blogging gets students writing.
    The student who sent me flowers was literally unleashed. He had three required assignments, he wrote ten and counting. He ranted, he pontificated, he shared his thoughts — but he WROTE. And as he wrote, something magical happened. This student who didn’t really like essays loved blogging and sharing his hobbies and others responded.

DigitalLiteracy.Gov ⇢

This is a great site, which provides a collection of resources for a variety of different people. If someone needs basic tutorials for using the computer or the internet, you can show them this site. If you’re an educator looking for resources about cyberbullying or digital literacy, you can find them here. You can also find job skills resources here.

Thanks Larry Ferlazzo for sharing this site.


Who I am: A fourth year high school history teacher at an urban(ish) high school in New Jersey.

What I blog about: Stuff related to education I like, and stuff I hope can help other teachers out. Technology, deals on supplies, helpful books. My focus lately is on educational technology & related resources. Occasionally, I also post things related to education reform. Because I post articles that I feel will be of interest to teachers with varying views, the political-related posts made here do not necessarily reflect my beliefs or opinions, nor do they reflect the beliefs of my employer.

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