Monthly Archives: April 2016

Are We Ready for iReady?

  One night about 15 years ago I was leaving a restaurant and the hostess called out, “Have a great evening!”  When I responded, “Thank you and you too”, much to my surprise the young woman came running after me … Continue reading

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Empty Words And S.T.A.T.

  Originally published on April 23, 2016

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Parents Respond to 1:1

  On the blog linked below you will find many parent and other stakeholder testimonials regarding the “Digital Transformation” in the Baltimore County Public Schools, or STAT (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow).  As you will see, concern continues to grow … Continue reading

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Pearson’s Quest to Cover the Planet

That old quote from Joseph Heller’s Catch -22,, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you”, came to my mind as soon as I finished the first sentence of the article, “Pearson’s Quest  to Cover the … Continue reading

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State of the Schools – Really?

  Originally published on April 15, 2016 Just when I think it can’t get much worse with the leadership of Baltimore County Public Schools, I read the article by Joanne Simpson in today’s online version of The Baltimore Sun. shaking my … Continue reading

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Recess Anyone?

Parents are upset that their children are not getting enough recess.   Baltimore County Public Schools’  answer to queries about policies regarding recess being withheld as punishment was that a policy is being developed.  Hmmmm…so there is no policy  Read … Continue reading

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Stories from Maine

Another case of digital conversion?  — This story is from Maine where iPads are given to students to “personalize” their learning…but test scores remain stagnant. Local Teachers Tell Truth about “Personalized Learning”  

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Stressed-Out Six-Year-Olds and the Dilemma of Their Teacher

“But, on a daily basis, I find myself internally battling with what I know is best for children and what I am mandated to do.” Read what a first grade teacher from the greater Boston area has to say about what’s … Continue reading

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A Student Intern Speaks Her Mind

Hannah Milan, a student intern in the Baltimore County Public Schools wrote an opinion piece that appeared in The Griffin, the Dulaney High School newsletter.  It serves as a warning to all young aspiring teachers.  Milan’s description of the 1:1 … Continue reading

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And now there is proof!

It is beyond wonderful to read that there is science to boost what I have been saying  for more than 35 years – the power of reading aloud to young children can never be underestimated. For years I was told … Continue reading

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