Friday, September 15, 2006

FREE Teacher Digital Workshops


Calling all teachers!

Brush up, learn something new, and get it for FREE!


FREE Teacher Digital Workshops from The U.S. Department of Education's Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative: Supporting Success is an effort to assist our nation's teachers through digital workshops, roundtables, regional in-person workshops, a national Research-to-Practice Summit, and electronic teacher updates. The Department is providing an unprecedented $5.1 billion in federal funding to support the teaching profession and is committed to listening to and learning from teachers.

Participating in the Teacher-to-Teacher online video courses is free. It is just another way the U.S. Department of Education is supporting teachers to achieve the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The Teacher-to-Teacher workshops are geared toward K-12 teachers and their principals. While the emphasis is on reading, writing, mathematics, and the use of data, there are also offerings in art, history, science, and behavior management. It is expected that additional courses will be added at regular intervals.

While the emphasis on reading, writing, and mathematics will continue, there will be an expanded focus on other areas of need such as school leadership and foreign language.

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Teaching Carnival #11

WorkBook has done a fine job on this current offering from the Teaching Carnival!

There is a huge eclectic assortment of educational topics covered by very interesting bloggers. You can read it here: WorkBook: teaching carnival #11



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Thursday, September 14, 2006

The 84th Carnival of Education is Hot off the Press!

The 84th Carnival of Education is delightful this week. The Current Events in Education did it newspaper style. There are great posts from some new folks and it definitely worth the read! Enjoy The 84th Carnival of Education!


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Teacher, Teach Thy Self!- A New Blogger

A warm welcome to: Teacher, Teach Thy Self! She has a great blog set up and intriguing posts.


Her recent post: Teacher, Teach Thy Self!: Digital Narratives For College Entrance?, envisions wonderful applications for student potcasts.

Check it out!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

September 11, 2001: What We Saw - A Video

A documentarian video taped the World Trade Center attack from her living room- with the TV audio in the background as she was taping. It is sad to watch this, but we all must remember the event and work hard to see that nothing like this happens again- ever!



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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Are You Prepared?

Are you prepared?

This web site was created by the

obviously for the residents of San Francisco. However the simple gui interface, makes it a great tool for teachers and individuals to learn how to prepare for a myriad of emergencies. Click on the links below to:
PRINT ENTIRE SITE (PDF)

KEEP ME INFORMED
EMAIL THIS SITE TO A FRIEND

ASK A QUESTION
CITY EMERGENCY PLAN
"In a major disaster, it might be several days before vital services are restored.

San Francisco is exposed to a wide variety of hazards, both natural and man-made. Earthquakes, fires, severe storms, power outages, and acts of terrorism are just some of the potential emergencies we may encounter.

Imagine that you have no electricity, no gas, no water and no telephone service. Imagine that all the businesses are closed and you are without any kind of emergency services. What will you do until help arrives?

Click on the buttons to the right to find out how you can prepare yourself and your family for an emergency. You can also learn what to do in response to a specific disaster, like a tsunami, just in case."
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THEWEBLIST.net | what people are clicking on today

What sites are active right now? What is going on at digg.com, del.icio.us or news.google.com, newsvine, reddit, furl.net, shoulwire.com, wired.com, fark.com, theregister.com, metafilter.com, news.com, and dzone.com? Find out right now. Click here:


"What is THEWEBLIST.NET all about? Well it gives you a digest of the latest links other web users are visiting right now! The site pulls RSS feeds from some of the best web 2.0 sites to create a webpage full of interesting info! Where did I get the idea? Well this site is based on the extremely popular popurls.com, basically all the credit for the idea should go to the guy who designed this site (Thomas Marban) because its amazing. However I do want to try and improve the site, and overtime I will be adding new features to the website taking in your comments and suggestions. I just love the idea of having loads of up-to-date information right at your fingertips, its great!"
...The Developer of
THEWEBLIST.net
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Ask Yahoo! Why? Yahoo Answers!

Do you have a queston to ask, on anything? Do you have a homework problem? Well the answer is only a few keystrokes away!

Just...


Do you lie awake at night wondering how much money the Pope makes or the name of the first dog in space? Sleep easy -- ask Yahoo!. To submit a question, just fill in a form.



On the page the image-link above opens, in 110 letters or less (spaces count) ask your question. You will get an answer from a real person. You can also ask by email or with a special toolbar. You can even subscribe to a news feed!

And the answer is.....



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Monday, September 11, 2006

September 11, 2001 Remembered


May you know no more sorrow.






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City’s Lawyers Say Mayor Can’t Control Class Sizes???

Wow! Who would have thought that Mayor Bloomberg couldn't control the DOE? I was fooled...

City’s Lawyers Say Mayor Can’t Control Class Sizes - New York Times
By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
Published: September 7, 2006

Lawyers for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told an appeals court yesterday that the mayor did not have the authority to force the school system to reduce class sizes.

The claim came during a hearing in a case in which parents and teachers are trying to put a referendum on the ballot to force the mayor to hire more teachers and reduce the class sizes in city schools. They argue that smaller classes, in line with those in much of the rest of the state, are the best way to improve education for city students.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Day 1 and Really Almost All is Well...

Well the phone calls, instant messages, and emails have been flooding in and mostly everyone is overwhelmed, again, by the demands and tomes of beyond belief non-negotiables of administration, in addition to just trying to get students settled in and classes running smoothly. This means, that you are not alone!

Do what you can do for now and the rest will fall into place. Remember that unfortunately, cosmetics rule. Supervisors who walk into neat classroom with the required bulletin board stuff, etc. are more likely to move on quickly, and go harass someone else. So make sure you put some solid effort on your room presentation.
Above all, take deep breaths, smile as often as you can (it is good for your mood) and make time for your own brand of R&R. Keep up your energy and take time to smell the roses, enjoy family and friends, read a book....


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Monday, September 04, 2006

A Healthy, Safe and Successful School Year to All!

I want to take this post to give ever teacher stepping back into the classroom a great year!


Your task is daunting, and as usual, you will teach your hearts off. Teachers are:
  • caring
  • parents in absentia
  • psychologists
  • mediators
  • planners
  • expediters
  • referees
  • cheer leaders
  • consolers
  • way over worked
  • underpaid
  • Dedicated -Worthy - and Deserve Respect...

We salute you!


As you enter the teaching arena, keep your eyes open, and at meetings, keep your mouth shut- unless you really know that your opinion is sought. Usually no one in administration cares about anyone's opinion unless it mirrors theirs. Remember that most of the petty little memos are not really from your supervisor- it is all trickle down stuff from Tweed and your Region (in that order.) Go with the flow. Just close your door and do your job.

Remember: The Know Nothings are great at pointing fingers and compaining about how teachers are not good enough, fast enough, smart enough, and professional enough. So next time some fool points a finger your way, think about who they really are and where they are really coming from before you go home and lose a dearly needed night's sleep!



Teachers are special and the smart folks know it. So take your vitamins, read great books, enjoy your weekends and holidays, get enough sleep, and have a great smooth school year. You deserve it!

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A Teacher’s Year, a C.E.O.’s Day: The Pay’s Similar

Amen. The UFT leadership should read this. It would help them understand how badly they betrayed membership. Then again, we need to remember that leadership does not have much time served in the classroom, so it is understandable why it is hard for them to relate to the frontline soldiers real jobs. If leadership does not respect teachers, it is easy to see how lack of respect for teachers and what they do gets transferred to the general public. Kudos to Mr. Herring for seeing past it all!

A Teacher’s Year, a C.E.O.’s Day: The Pay’s Similar

Published: September 3, 2006

"Enough already on how many millions this or that chief executive earns, how many stock options are tossed around to keep the Champagne flowing, the McMansion dusted, the Bentley polished.

As a little back-to-school thought, let’s shift gears to a group of workers who earn pennies in comparison but who, it could be argued, play at least as vital a role in society. It is teachers, after all, who try to make sure that those captains of industry have educated workers.

According to the American Federation of Teachers, the state with the highest average pay for teachers in 2003-04 was Connecticut, at $56,516; the lowest was South Dakota, at $33,236.

Or look at it this way: Pick a corporate chieftain — say, Jeffrey R. Immelt of General Electric. He earns $15.4 million a year. Every single day — including Thanksgiving and Christmas — he makes almost what the average teacher does for a year of taming wild children, staying up nights planning lessons, and, really, helping to shape a generation."

UFT MEMBERS- remember this next time you vote!

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posted by An Educational Voyage @ 9/04/2006 11:10:00 PM  
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UFT Web Site Ignores Excessed Teacher's Woes

Hello? UFT? Hello? You hoo...
Is anyone home?????????

Is anyone working for membership? Take a look at the UFT homepage. They are WAITING for the language of the contract to be explained to them. Gee, a SMART negotiator would have had the words stated clearly BEFORE telling membership to trust her and vote for the contract!

The United Federation of Teachers - A Union of Professionals

The link on the bottom of the UFT web site...

goes to this useless page:

Note that in the description it says:
"Cannot have worked as a full-time teacher
in New York City
public schools at
any time since September 2002"

Randi, you could at least pretend to care. Come on, throw out a token of effort to help them. Is your deafening silence because you simply consider them expendable?

These folks voted you in! You owe them! Fight for them! Communicate with them. Now! They pay your salary remember? Please.

Well, you still have your job, huh...


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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Thanks Randi: ONLINE EXCESSED STAFF SELECTION SYSTEM

BETRAYED by Randi Weingarten and UNITY! This was totally unnecessary until Randi sold everyone out:

This site is for use by current UFT EXCESSED STAFF ONLY

Note that you gave up your job security for a few cents by voting in the contract Randi pushed. Remember this photo of Randi kissing Bloomberg? Touching isn't it?


Sites for those seeking teaching positions now:
Note this tactful "paid double" ad by the NYCDOE for NEW teachers- ("NO TEACHING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED") after excessing experienced teachers.


ALERT: There seems to be a new crop of web sites that want you pay and join in order to view job openings. Be cautious- caveat emptor!

Closing thoughts: Randi Weingarten, you are really something. What? I leave that to those whose lives you ruined to say...

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