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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Like Moses My Impact will Have to Be Brought to Bear By Others

1. National and state Reading standards require teaching of metacognitive skills and strategies; 2. Definition of reading comprehension is “using prior knowledge to make meaning of current text”; 3. ITBS and other assessment tools assess reading comprehension – not strategies. Ours has evolved into... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

On Retirement: Time for some Tough Self-talk

Make a list of things you want to accomplish, then decide on priorities. 1. Write a book of poems. Edit a book of Poems 2. Write a book on ESL How-To's 3. Apply for a grant. Do a longitudinal study of school districts that permit application and synthesis activities to be done in class; compared to... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and His Plan to "Turnaround" Schools

In the bottom 1% of schools is found the highest illiteracy rate. It is an admirable, and perhaps even achievable goal, by focusing another 1.5 billion to Title 1 schools. "...Our students have one chance — one chance — to get a quality education," Duncan said in a speech Monday to the Brookings... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Mayflower: Part 2

I gather the rebuttal to E.D. Hirsch' charge that core knowledge should replace metacognitive reading strategies curriculum is that, the core knowledge referred to is already taught in elementary schools. True enough. However, if you accept that inner-city children show up day one of kinder with up... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Should We Be Teaching the Mayflower?

The conclusion of my studies about the knowledge gap, the reading scores decline, the failure of American Education -- as seen by comparison to international norms -- is that an incoherent system of education exists in America. It is incoherent because the standards require metacognitive strategies,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 27, 2009

My Speech to the Board -- Short and to the Point

Mike King, Ed. Spec April 21, 2009 To the Des Moines Independent Communty School District Board members: Thank you for allowing me to speak about potential solutions to Des Moines drop out numbers. I would like to drop several ideas that I think are worthy of your consideration. 1. Chrono-biological... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 20, 2009

UPDATE ON 'CORE CURRICULUM' INQUIRY Ladies and gentleman, After two dialogues with a former governor about the feasiblity of changing the Iowa Reading Standards, I have discovered the following information. 1. Iowa does not have Reading standards per se. They have a set of strategies which, if... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

...One False Move: Part 8 -- Enter the Courts

Yesterday I requested that my personal attorney, who also represents the school district where I reside, if we had the legal capacity to sue the state Dept. of Education on the basis of unequal protection of the law. I cited "Rose v. Commonwealth of KY" 1988, a supreme court case which declared that... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

This Page from My Weekend Tweeps

kingmi when son cannot comprehend how events left human awareness & feelings; no ability 2 communicate same 2 his family. Kafka lives! about 21 hours ago from mobile web jaketapper More on the NKorea missile+ PrezObama's speech on nukes about 21 hours ago from web kingmi... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

...One False Move : Part 7 -- Foci of the Lessons

The extreme of requiring teachers to focus on one reading strategy alone, to the exclusion of wide-topic, easy, high interest reading for practice, for warm ups, or for rewards is in force in Des Moines. Quotable quotes include: "...cut silent reading time in class by fifty percent so as not to take... Sign in to see full entry.

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