PARENT INFORMATION CENTER A Special Day for Moms
Happy Mother's Day to all you PIC MOMS out there.. new moms, stay-at-home-moms, working moms, single moms, expecting moms and more.
Mother's not only give us life. Motherhoodrequires 24 hours of pa... Posted on 5/12/13 at 11:18 PM
THE NEW FORTY Validation.
Validation presents itself in many ways. Today it arrived via a graduating student's visit. In the short hour that we visited I was delighted to learn that he realized that so many of the things we ha... Posted on 5/8/13 at 11:31 PM
IN THE BLACK Learning to Cook
One way to save a lot of money is to cook at home instead of getting takeout or dining out. Some people may choose not to cook at home because they dont think they know how to or it is too much work.... Posted on 4/14/13 at 6:51 AM
NEW PLATEAUS Adventures in Subbing: The Achievement Gap
I sat on a tiny chair while the 22 KindergartenersI was assisting this day sat cross-legged on the large, plush map-of-the-world rug in the corner of their room. Their teacher sat before them in her r... Posted on 2/1/13 at 8:57 AM
A MINNESOTAN IN CHINA Tai Chi: What Goes Around Comes Around
It had only been two days on this mountain in Hubei province.
But in a whole new environment----one that encouraged the focus of every moment, no less---this meant a concentrated, super-saturated 48 ... Posted on 9/8/12 at 8:20 AM
Those 4,500 students — some of the highest-achieving young people in the U.S. — will begin Teach for America’s training program in teaching methods this summer.
Too bad none of them will wind up teaching in North Dakota and only a relative handful in Minnesota.
Teachers never will be able to make up for the first five years of a child’s life when the parents should be teaching children shapes, colors and words plus talking to them and most important reading to them. Singing the alphabet certainly helps, too.
For years, teachers nationwide have fretted about the erosion of public trust in and respect for their profession. Unflinching reports such as the State Teacher Quality Yearbook help explain that decline.
And if teachers want to reverse the trends, they could start by embracing the calls for reform, calls that now have been echoed by President Barack Obama himself.
I have never heard of a teaching position going unfilled for lack of applicants. In fact, I never have heard of any government job going unfilled for lack of applicants. To generate that kind of demand, the government jobs have to be paying more in salaries and/or benefits than are the private sector jobs.
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