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The United States no longer leads the world in educational attainment, partly because so few low-income students — and surprisingly few middle-income students — graduate from four-year colleges. Getting more of these students into the best colleges would make a difference. Many higher-income students would still graduate from college, even if they went to a less elite one. A more educated population, in turn, would probably lift economic growth.


Top Colleges Overlook Low-Income Students -


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Teachers in Tiaras: Late Work Acknowledgement ⇢


Unfortunately, students often attempt to lie to teachers about turning in work that never existed (and making us think we are crazy!). A solution to this is to have students to fill out an AZF or Acknowledgement of Zero Form. Whenever homework, project, or other assignment is not completed, have…

I remember reading about this idea before I started teaching. I may try it out next year.

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OMG! She actually beat me to following her?! I feel so honored. Yay. I’ve linked to posts from her blog, Cool Cat Teacher Blog, before. Definitely follow her Tumblr and add her blog to your feed if you have not already.

Free Tech for Teachers- Dozens of SMART Board Tutorials ⇢

In a widely anticipated decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered the state to spend an additional $500 million on public education in poor districts next year.

The complex decision does not boost funding statewide, as education advocates had requested, and may avoid creating a gaping hole in a proposed budget of $29.4 billion. The 3-2 ruling, however, revealed sharp disagreements among the five justices who heard the case and issued a total of four opinions.

- Christie says he won’t fight N.J. Supreme Court order to add $500M in funding for poor school districts


Go Pileus- Drag and drop file sharing ⇢

Read Richard Byrne’s description of a service that can be useful if you need to share a file with students, but don’t regularly use email to communicate with them or have a class website to post it on.

(I know a teacher who could have used this a couple weeks ago…I had her create a wiki account just to share a file. I feel like I am always finding things out a week too late!)

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.

- Galileo Galilei (via einsteinfan)

An Outstanding Set of Google Docs-Related Resources (tutorials, walkthroughs, and overviews) ⇢


Oh, and they’re free.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Using Office and Google Docs together
  • Scanning your paper documents to Google Docs
  • and How to turn Google Docs into a Universal File Viewer

Critical thinking In the classroom ⇢


An awesome free classroom guide from Microsoft on critical thinking and web research, developed with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
Download the Critical Thinking e-book Lesson plans include prerequisites, rationale, essential concepts, and descriptions of related National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) and are designed for beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels, aimed at middle school and secondary students.
Oh, and here’s a link to the Critical Thinking classroom guide (WARNING: PDF).

Elementary school students would most likely take at least one or two additional tests every year, beginning in the third grade. High school students could take up to eight additional tests a year, and middle school students would also have extra tests. These would be in addition to the state English, math and Regents exams that students already take.

The exams, which would begin rolling out as early as next academic year, are being created as part of a statewide overhaul of how teachers are evaluated. Under a law passed last year that helped the state win $700 million in a federal grant competition, known as Race to the Top, each school district must find a way to evaluate teachers on a scale from “ineffective” to “highly effective,” with teachers facing potential firing if they are rated ineffective for two years in a row.


Tests for Pupils, but the Grades Go to Teachers

8 tests???

The New York Times


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