Monthly Archives: February 2016

Blended Learning…the Next New Thing?

Sometimes when I hear about the “new” things in education, like blended learning, personalized learning and student-centered classrooms, I have to smile and think of my mother.  Marcella – as she was known to everyone else but my sister and … Continue reading

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Playing in Kindergarten?

  A brave superintendent in North Carolina understands the value of play in kindergarten.  What a refreshing thing!  And even better – he was actually a teacher in primary grades in an elementary school!  Someone in leadership who really gets … Continue reading

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BCPS on the national radar

Again…education blogger Diane Ravitch writes about Baltimore County Public Schools. Baltimore County Buys the Great Technology Hoax, for Almost $300 Million

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Sports, Gifted, Talented and more…

Gotta love a sports analogy!  See the letter to the editor in The Sun about the way Baltimore County Public Schools wants to group students identified as Gifted and Talented. Read the letter: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/readersrespond/bs-ed-schools-letter-20160217-story.htmlhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/readersrespond/bs-ed-schools-letter-20160217-story.html  

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Truly Terrifying

This is truly a terrifying tale.   It was linked from The Towson Flyer.  They ran an article about keeping children safe online.  Usually I do no wish to read such dark stories – but this is one we should all … Continue reading

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Ageism in BCPS?

Pearson held a conference in Florida last week and of course Baltimore County Public Schools was represented.  A coordinator from the BCPS central office, during a presentation, is explaining student centered learning.  At one point she says, “To keep our … Continue reading

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Spending Priorities

Recently I met a parent of young children.  This parent sent me the following: Local Friends- Would you buy a $1400 tablet for your 6 year old child, neighbor or grandchild? Our tax dollars are paying for leases for these … Continue reading

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Detroit: Crumbling Walls, Millions for Marzano

See Emily Talmage’s latest post – BCPS mentioned again… Source: Detroit: Crumbling Walls, Millions for Marzano

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Letter to the Board of Education

Since I did not get to speak at the recent Baltimore County Board of Education meeting (February 2, 2016), I emailed each member my remarks. Only ten people are chosen at each meeting and this was a busy one. My … Continue reading

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All Play and No Work!

Sometimes you just have to let it go.  As much as I care about the advocacy work we do for the children and their families in the Baltimore County Public Schools, I can’t let it take up more time than … Continue reading

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