England Trip–Day Two

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VOL. #97: NC Budget & Education Update [INFOGRAPHIC]

I am busy with school work and writing, so I reblog Erica Speaks and her terrific blog “Teaching Speaks Volumes.” This time she writes about the NC Budget. Sad.

As soon as I’m out from under this load, I want to write about what the new film “The Martian” means to me as an educator. Great film.

Teaching Speaks Volumes

So, a budget finally passed.

The North Carolina General Assembly voted to pull funds away from the already bled-dry public schools. Charter schools got instructional per pupil funding, but now also get a portion of everything: A portion of transportation funding even if they don’t provide busing. A portion of child nutritional services funding even if they don’t have a cafeteria. How is this not a misappropriation of funds? HOW is this now LEGAL? My guess is more tax payers’ funds will be used to fight this in court.

Meanwhile, the Wallet Hub’s annual study of 13 key metrics for the best and worst states for teachers now ranks NC #50, up from #51 previously. Cue The Jefferson’s Theme here.

It’s worth noting that not all legislators agree with the approved budget. For her part, Rep. Tricia Cotham of Mecklenburg County said the funding for public education was barely adequate…

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Vol.#84: “Is This A Grade?” [Infographic]

I haven’t had time to write on my blog, so I’m going to post this one–so good and so true: Is This a Grade? is almost as bad as “Did we do anything important in class yesterday? Yuck!

Teaching Speaks Volumes

They say there is no such this as a bad question, but, “Is this a grade?” makes me think otherwise. This is one of my least favorite questions of all time, and teachers are asked this by students often.

It reveals a student’s thought process on if a learning experience is important and worth their time or not.

I have tried several approaches to this question. I have tried to ban  the question from the classroom without success. I have tried consistently using the vague response, “All things in life are assessed.” They have been undeterred.  My students have even gotten savvy enough to know to ask, “Is this formative or summative”?

I decided I do not want to answer this question again. To that end, I have created a flow chart to post on my wall:

Is this a GRADE-

PS: I love you Piktochart.

If you would like it for your classroom…

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Got to Post This–Satire from The Onion

Busy with catching up after the Ice Storm of 2015, so I’m going to pass on this satire from “The Onion” as my blog post for today. Although it refers to K-12, it relates to higher education too. One thing I’ve noticed is that fewer and fewer of my students are planning to be teachers. They tell me it’s less the low pay and more the lack of respect and the increasing amount of bull that teachers have to put up with that is keeping them away from the profession, especially in North Carolina.


Why Devaluing Teachers Hurts Everyone

This article by Peggy Wuenstel of Marquette University certainly expresses my feelings

The Marquette Educator

price-is-what-you-payBy Peggy Wuenstel — I have been spending many angst filled evenings over the last two years, trying to get a sense of when things went off the rails.

I have been in this business for 30 years. There are some things that I knew back at the beginning that are still true today. Teaching is hard work. Educating children is a team sport. You will never get rich working in public education if your bank account is the measure of your success. The days will be long and the summers will be short. The intangibles will always trump the measurable in making you feel like you earn your paycheck, and even though it’s not all about the kids, it is certainly mostly about the kids.

Some things have changed radically, at least here in Wisconsin.

Showing up every day, doing the best you can, keeping your skills current, and…

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Today is a Different Reality

A kindred spirit!

Frogs in Hot Water

This is the start of a new quarter at my community college and we, like many, are mired in budget issues, enrollment issues, hiring crises, etc.  You know, the usual kerfluffles that make up higher ed.  To escape the quagmire, I look for inspiration among my super smart writer-type friends who add their thoughts about leadership, learning, and other areas I am interested to the blogosphere.

Yesterday, I read a post on Marcia Conner’s blog that has stuck with me all day – I even forwarded it to my dean. (By the way, if you aren’t following Marcia, you should be).

The full post is here, but the part that hooked me is this (written by Garry Ridge, CEO of the WD-40 company):

“You have to separate those responsible for today from those responsible for tomorrow.” A light went off in my head as I realized the implications for WD-40. The company…

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