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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Back in the 'Hood

The last time I entered this old school, built in 1926, it freaked me out. I had deja vu, and the ceilings are so high it almost made me dizzy. I had been in a modern school with low ceilings and carpet. But today, I feel as though I'd never left. I'm here attending a small meeting of seasoned ESL... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

ESL SYLLABUS NOTES

Level 4 Writing Planners Process writing: Free writing / Looping Discussing / Brainstorming Outlining / Clustering Writing Revising / limit & add Editing Assessment rubric Discover Four Types of Writing Expository Extended Definition Invitations Personal Narrative My Best Birthday My Favorite Sport... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Let's Talk for a Moment About Schools with High Immigrant Populations. First thing we notice in a school with an elevated minority population, is a sensitivity to the race issue. I think teachers and administrators might be afraid of offending students of color, or of getting into trouble for... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Most of it Is True, What They Say, But Don't Shoot the Messenger!

I do need a lot of attention. I went through a decade or two in my thirties and forties when I would not say a word unless called upon, at AA meetings, staff meetings at school, etc. I used to be a parttime loudmouth, parttime recluse. I had an extroverted side, and an introverted one. I had a... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Let's Talk for a Moment About Schools with High Immigrant

Populations. First thing we notice in a school with an elevated minority population, is a sensitivity to the race issue. I think teachers and administrators might be afraid of offending students of color, or of getting into trouble for offending students of color. In our discussions of the book,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

SUPERTEACHER RON CLARK -- HE's In THE OVEN, REALLY!

He began his inspiring 90 minute talk telling of his parttime job at Dunkin Donuts during college. He worked the third shift, 11 PM to 7 AM. That shift gets very boring at Dunkin Donuts, so they thought up games to play. One was Hide n Seek. He says he is very competitive. "Where can I hide that he... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 21, 2007

TODAY MY SPIRIT WAS LIFTED BY RON CLARK -- TEACHER!

In person, up close, down front of the inner-city high school auditorium, I spent my morning listening to, watching, and wondering at the teacher of the year, Ron Clark. He began his journey in North Carolina, took his experimental mix of strict rules, loving care, and positive support to Harlem,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

When I Hit the Century Mark. I'm Now at 360............................... I Was Like Some Dufus Country Bumpkin, Fresh from the Appalachians. Well, the century mark! I never thought it would happen for me but it has! God bless each and every one of you. I don't know what I have done to deserve your... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Dyslexics Make Good Bloggers

Creativity, the complex, right-hemispheric process is as common in dyslexics as in the rest of the population. When a dyslexic speaks, seems to be intelligent and capable, yet fails to progress in school, the old addage "honey, you lazy!" represents a failed observation on the part of the educator.... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Ten Most Important Words The ten most important words, when a teacher addresses a student, or when a parent negotiates with a child are: 1.Contingency 2.Contracts 3.Work 4.When 5.They 6. Are 7. Written 8. Clear 9. And 10. Credible At fall conferences, 2004, I remembered the ten most important... Sign in to see full entry.

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