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Raise your hand if you want to teach.

That seems to be the way teachers today are entering the profession.  Teachers are born teachers – they are not made. What makes for a good teacher? Some teachers  Transitioning into teaching after a career in journalism seemed like a logical career choice for me.  My writing was compromised because writing news scripts is far different from writing [...]

Raise your hand if you want to teach.

That seems to be the way teachers today are entering the profession.  Teachers are born teachers – they are not made. What makes for a good teacher? Some teachers  Transitioning into teaching after a career in journalism seemed like a logical career choice for me.  My writing was compromised because writing news scripts is far different from writing [...]

w00t! It’s almost 2008!

It’s a shame  that it takes the dawning of a New Year for me to reflect on posts from years gone by. The past holds treasure chests worthy of opening. In 2005, integrity, was the Word of the Year - two years later it’s, w00t – go figure.  Predictions, goals and resolutions for the New Year are cropping up everywhere. I found [...]

w00t! It’s almost 2008!

It’s a shame  that it takes the dawning of a New Year for me to reflect on posts from years gone by. The past holds treasure chests worthy of opening. In 2005, integrity, was the Word of the Year - two years later it’s, w00t – go figure.  Predictions, goals and resolutions for the New Year are cropping up everywhere. I found [...]

Thank you, sisters!

Tis’ the season to inspire our youngsters to be the best they can be – such is the message given in R. Glenn Ray’s article, Everyday leadership: Youth need leaders to follow (via the Marietta Times) (Here I am (on the end) with my sisters. Joanne is seated next to me – please, hold the laughter.) Ray shares the [...]

How did you learn geography?

Children’s books that take your imagination to faraway places, and pierce your soul with stories of triumph, always win.  And if you’re still trying to find the right books for the holidays, here are two of my recent favorites: How I Learned Geography, by Caldecott Medal winner, Uri Shulevitz, is a true and emotional story about how a map – his father bought – freed [...]

Cyberbullying: The elephant in the room

…because we don’t talk enough about it. Ever since the tragic suicide of St. Louis teen, Megan Meier, the issue of cyberbullying has FINALLY taken center stage.  As educators, we know the issue of bullying is not new, but we do need to find ways to eradicate this hateful, high-tech form of bullying. NYT Reporter, Christopher Maag, uncovers how vicious, relentless and diabolical this new [...]

Here’s one more tool for the school chest

My Broadcast Journalism students found this site to be quite rewarding.   It’s an online teleprompter that allows users to read scripts in full-screen view, just like the pros. If you’ve never used a teleprompter as a classroom tool, you should.  You and your students will love it! It’s a hands-on activity that engages students at every level of development. And as a [...]

Frank Wu and Race in America

Reshaping Traditions was the theme for this year’s People of Color Conference, held in Boston, Massachusetts. During endless attempts last week to live blog the event, my wireless connection eventually died. I did manage, however, to salvage some notes.  [Frank was kind enough to pose with me for this photo after signing a copy of his book, Yellow: Race in [...]

Kathy Cassidy’s First Grade Connections

Thanks to,  Dean Shareski, from my Ed. Tech. Twitter community, for pointing me to first grade teacher, Kathy Cassidy, who is taking her students to new heights through innovative instruction. Kathy’s first grade students are using blogs, and other tools, like, YackPack Live, to enhance  their learning environment.  Here’s what Kathy says… "My six-year old Canadian students are just emerging writers.  [...]