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The English Struggle with English

You read this correctly. Unfortunately too many English students cannot.

Young people in England are the most illiterate in the developed world with many students graduating with only a basic grasp of English and maths, an in-depth analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has found.” 1,443 more words


Before we talk about test scores, let’s discuss poverty

“Maestra, are you rich?” a little girl named Lola asked me. I did not know how to respond. I was a brand new teacher in East Palo Alto at the start of the dot com revolution in the Silicon Valley. 749 more words

The Message Our Students Need to Hear

I just saw this article from the Washington Post that describes our culture today. There are a set of parents who fear failure for their children, and remind their children of it frequently. 223 more words

New Teachers

My Letter on school unions from the Florida Sun Sentinel

Florida Sun Sentinel

Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, December 29,  2015

 Unions impede great educational outcomes

In a Dec. 28 letter a writer suggested that there would be no public schools if it were not for the education unions. 197 more words

Pre-school Benefits Fade by 3rd Grade?

Apparently so, according to some recent studies done in both Tennessee and Miami, Florida. There’s a large academic boost for those who attended pre-school as they entered Kindergarten but the academic boost fades as other children catch up.   26 more words

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Why is Written word disappearing? Pt. 1

The worst Advice ever given to me by a Public School Teacher: “Don’t worry about her spelling.”

Actually, it went something like this: “I’m not worried about her spelling, or hand writing. 413 more words

Written Word

Teaching handwriting fluency helpful to ADHD children?

During my last 10 years of teaching 3rd grade in public schools, I noticed that we weren’t permitted to spend “too much time” in teaching penmanship whether it was in Kindergarten or my 3rd grade.   137 more words

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