Angela Scioli: North Carolina is no longer investing in our students. It is evident everywhere my students turn. They hear the drips from the leaking windows in my trailer when it rains. They feel it in the lightness of their book bags when they have no textbooks to take home. In many schools, there are not even teachers in their classrooms. So many have left, and so few are preparing to enter the profession, that vacancies cannot be filled. There are no scholarships to encourage promising stude
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Ms.Scioli does an excellent job describing the current educational priorities in North Carolina state legislature.. As a 32+ year veteran in NC schools I, too, have proud memories for all the supports that NC has put in place for educators over the years. If the goal of education is to prepare students for their future, full of curiosity, confidence and a love for learning than we are insulting and demeaning our students and school staff by using a one data point state "Report Card". How many universities use one data point to determine student entrance into their institution? How many employees in any business are measured by one data point? If NC is serious about attracting and retaining the highest quality teachers there must be opportunities for them to be supported. North Carolina per pupil expenditures must be made competitive and not in the lowest 10% of the nation. There must be legislative encouragement for educators to participate in professional growth programs such as NCCAT by funding substitute coverage, stipends for those who wish to achieve National Board Certification, graduate level incentives and most importantly equitable, nationally competitive salaries for all levels of experience. I look forward to the day when national newspaper's run headlines such as "NC Educator Salaries and Per Pupil Expenditures in Top Ten Percent of Nation" or "NC Legislature Creates Task Force to Work with Educators on Priorities to Create Student Success"--and agree to fund the results.
By Dr. Mary Ellen Beaty O’Ferrall, Sara Henschell, Margaret Roth
Personalized learning is an instructional philosophy intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, and cultural backgrounds of individual students to create an environment and experience that best facilitates their learning (Glossary of Ed Reform, 2014). Personalized learning can be implemented with many techniques, through a combination of different methods, and successfully achieved through a var
Wow, what can we say! This past summer we decided to start a learning space design challenge on ClassroomCribs.com to highlight all of the amazing “cribs” that you have designed for students. Instead of just “aesthetics” we focused this challenge on brain-friendly learning spaces that promoted deep learning and engagement through design. And we were …
A Beginner’s Guide To Personalized Learning by TeachThought Staff There is a difference between personalized learning and differentiation. Differentiation is a kind of personalized instruction, where teachers adjust process, & product, according to a student’s readiness, interest,...
The rapid adoption of devices in the classroom has fundamentally changed the way we can create video. Every part of the creation process -- writing, recording, editing, and distributing -- is possible on the devices that can fit in our pocket. Vision is the most dominant of the five senses. Research shows that concepts are better remembered if they are taught visually. This is called the pictorial superiority effect, and it’s why video is such a powerful learning tool. A video is created three t
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Nice collection of strategies to consider when creating your videos.
In an era when students and even young teachers question whether they should pursue being a teacher or continue in the field Ms. Ebnar captures the many reasons for being in education. As a career educator, I agree that teachers hold the key to student and societal success. Do you know any professional that is successful today without the help of a teacher?
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