Diane Ravitch on teacher evaluations and teaching to the test:
First of all, should teachers be evaluated? Yes. Should they be evaluated by the test scores of their students, as Race to the Top, the Obama program, requires? Absolutely not. That is an unproven and actually a very harmful way to…
"Bandaids and Five Dollar Bills"
My students wrote essays for homework this week.
The usual stuff for grade ten.
I asked them to write how they’d change the world
If the changing was left up to them.
His name was Rick Johnson;he was surly and shy.
A student who’s always ignored.
He’d slouch in his seat with a Malcolm X cap.
Half-sleep, making sure he looked bored.
His essay was late - just before I went home.
It was wrinkled and scribbled and thin.
I thought to reject it…(Why do teachers do that?)
But I thanked him for turning it in.
"You can’t cure the world," his essay began,
“Of the millions of evils and ills,
But to clean up my world so I could survive,
I’d cut bandaids and five dollar bills.
"Now bandaids are beige - says right on the box
‘Skin tone’ is the color inside.
Whose skin tone? Not mine! Been lookin’ for years
For someone with that color hide.
"Cause bandaids show up, looking pasty and pale,
It’s hard to pretend they’re not there,
When the old man has beat me and I gotta get stitches,
Them bandaids don’t cover or care.
"And now, you may ask, why would anyone want
To get rid of five dollar bills?
Cause for just that much cash, a dude’s mama can buy
A crack rock, or whiskey, or pills.
"She smokes it or drinks it, and screams at her kids,
Then passes out cold on the floor.
By morn she remembers no pain, just the void,
And her kids wish the world had a door.
"So my magical dream not out of reach,
Like curing cancer or AIDS, or huge ills,
All I ask from my life is a little respect,
And no bandaids or five dollar bills.
Just thought I’d share this with my fellow educators!
Love this parent consent form. This is definitely worth a glimpse.
Great letter to parents about the usage of technology in the classroom and photos or video of students.
"Is there anyone paying attention?"-Bill Gates
In this video, Bill Gates discusses funding for Education in America. It is truly comforting to know that there are still people trying to push Education to the forefront of the conversation. Teachers like myself really appreciate it.