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Five Facts about the Mathematics Common Core Standards
posted by: Alix | February 14, 2013, 05:29 pm   

With all the misinformation still being circulated and with the assessments for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) right around the corner, I wanted to take a moment to make sure that everyone is aware of the contents of the standards.  I’ve done this previously with English/Language Arts, and so today I will attempt to do the same with the Mathematics standards.

So, if you know nothing about the Mathematics Common Core State Standards, here is what you should know:

HB 2221: Pro-Teacher Legislation
posted by: Alix | February 12, 2013, 12:55 pm   

Despite record-breaking growth in Kansas, KANAAE members and staff have experienced tremendous hurdles in establishing equal treatment with the union. Whether it is the inability to attend a new teacher orientation or access to school mailboxes, KANAAE is constantly passed over in favor of union interests. Despite this climate, there is renewed hope for teachers seeking options in Kansas, as House Bill 2221 was recently introduced to promote an equal playing field for all teacher associations.
Last Chance to Comment on the New Next Generation Science Standards
posted by: Alix | January 23, 2013, 04:31 pm   


Along with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English-language arts and mathematics, new standards are being rolled out across the content areas as well.  The new science standards, called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), rolled out a draft and are now seeking input on the project.

The Benefits of Arts Integration
posted by: Alix | January 18, 2013, 02:59 pm   


Even as arts programs are increasingly falling under the axe of limited school budgets, teachers are increasingly integrating arts into the core subject areas.  The concept behind arts integration is nothing new. Teachers have been having students build models, perform plays, sing songs, and complete other various arts activities for years.  Now there is a growing body of evidence to support those practices.

Blogging for Authentic Writing
posted by: Alix | January 09, 2013, 02:57 pm   

Last summer, Martha Payne made international news when her local government took steps intended to shut down her blog.  What spread this story so far is the fact that Martha is 9 years old and her blog, NeverSeconds, was designed to criticize her school lunches.  Her blog quickly gained an international audience and students around the world started to send Martha pictures of their lunches as a way to complain.  When news broke that the school had told Martha to stop and that the local government had even passed a law prohibiting photography in school cafeterias, there was a quick upsurge of support until the school and local government backed down and Martha was able to blog again.

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