Favorite Blog Posts of August

Favorite Blog Posts of August

My very favorite:  This post by @RewardingEdu about how you can combine whole-class book studies with independent reading so that your students can develop both comprehension skills with your support and analysis of their own reading on their own level.

Education News and the Hurricane:  posts from teachers in Houston, where I live: 

Woman spots two alligators in back yard due to Houston floods via @sarahtaylorbran

@Colliding with Science’s post about school being closed for a week due to flooding and feeling sad to miss the kids … this was before the flooding got really ugly.

Arts and Literature

The words writers say most often says something about their writing’s theme – check out John Updike.  Honestly I’m not surprised … this is from @guardian

Education Theory:

Will the Common Core work as described?  Problems with the Common Core’s literacy objectives.  This was shared by @LHudson – thank you for this very concerning article.

Do Teachers Have to Be Readers?  A painful but serious question – and you all know the answer.  By @MrZackG.

Can you make homework effective even in primary grades?  Well – As one colleague said to me, whether homework is effective or not depends on what homework you’re assigning.  And in this blog post, what you’re willing to do after hours to back up your students.  From @MrZackG again.

Classical Education: 

Thanks to @CanaAcademy for this reflection on various Classical Education programs and their contexts, linking Rev. Martin Luther King’s writings with classical sources and showing how Classical Education is for all, not just the “privileged.”

Finally, do you think the SAT and the ACT are good or bad?  Whatever you believe, now there’s a new test for students from classical schools.  A classical test for college entrance:   from @FirstThings.

3 thoughts on “Favorite Blog Posts of August”

  1. “This year I’ve told all of my students that whenever they need help with their homework, they should shoot me an email. I know, it sounds like a crazy responsibility for me to take on, and I’ll see if I have the stamina to keep up with it throughout the year, but so far it has gone really well!”

    Meanwhile, you make an appointment to see your doctor, and then tell them about all the episodes that happened and issues you’ve been trying to manage with your disease / injury / malady since the last time you saw them three months ago.

    “Could I please give you some information (input) and request your official, glorious, medical wisdom, Sir or Ma’am?”

    — sir, sit down. sir? … we will tell you when your nurse is ready.

    “Wait, nurse? I thought I was seeing a doctor.”

    — Mostly a nurse.

    [ starts tapping on phone, “ACL Injury, Google” ]

  2. — but seriously.

    Gosh, what rocket science is afoot these days. Actually being available for students while they are learning?!

    Whoodathunk it.

    (*) If the limitation here (in an otherwise effective experiment) is education labor, then I say, it’s time to bust out the TAs.

    No excuse in today’s America not to have a part-time but professional quality assistant in every classroom.* NO EXCUSE.

    * In every classroom / supporting the teacher outside of class too!!!

  3. — plus, nothing says ‘respect’ like having an assistant

    Kids look up, see adult teacher directing their junior age TA ..

    “Hmmm, he mus’ be somebody, he’s tellin the other guy where to stand.”

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