“Leader In Me” : Corporate Infiltration Into Public Schools

IMG_9046 copyBWbright What did you learn in school today? It’s the starter to routine, casual conversation we have every evening at the dinner table with our daughter, a first grader at Old Kings Elementary in Palm Coast.

That evening the answer was unlike any my husband and I had heard. Our daughter started reciting words we’d never heard from her before. “Be proactive.” “It’s a win-win.” “Seek to understand.” “Sharpen…” She couldn’t articulate the rest. But she offered to perform a routine that she’d obviously practiced several times.Read More

Latest in Florida Education

Union Busting

The Florida House approves legislation that would decertify employee unions, including for teachers, that do not have at least 50 percent eligible employee participation. "Unions representing teachers, nurses and other public-sector workers have hammered the proposal for weeks, describing it as old-school “union-busting.” Continue Reading 

School choice

Expanding school choice: "The bill, which was posted online Tuesday night addresses a myriad of issues such as accountability of private schools receiving tax credits, allows schools to set up their own governing boards with school board approval and expands a now-pilot program for excelling principals to oversee multiple schools. Continue Reading 

Guns in schools

Florida lawmakers look to clear way for guns at religious schools: The Florida House and Senate have started moving forward with measures that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on the grounds of churches and other religious institutions that include schools. Continue Reading 

State Education Leaders Fail This Simple Test

Want to annoy an education leader in Florida?  Tell them they’ve turned your child’s school into an assembly line of tiny test takers. Tell them innovation and imagination and excitement are rapidly disappearing in favor of teaching to the test. And when they deny it, tell them to watch a video of themselves. Continue Reading 

Vouchers, Charter Schools, Testing

Lawmakers return to Tallahassee with key education issues on their agenda. Every year, education policy tends to jump to the top of Florida's legislative priority list — even after lawmakers vow to take a break from it. The topic can get emotional. Continue Reading 

 

Teacher Merit Pay

Florida’s controversial teacher merit-pay law could be scaled back again in coming months, as some state lawmakers think student test scores should no longer play into teacher evaluations.

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How Effective Is Your School District? A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most

".....The data, based on some 300 million elementary-school test scores across more than 11,000 school districts, tweaks conventional wisdom in many ways. Some urban and Southern districts are doing better than data typically suggests. Some wealthy ones don’t look that effective. Many poor school systems do.....

 

But in this analysis, which measures how scores grow as student cohorts move through school, the Stanford researcher Sean Reardon argues that it’s possible to separate some of the advantages of socioeconomics from what’s actually happening in schools."- 

Psychology Today: Why Does My Child Hate Math?

 

 

In his recent three-part series for Psychology Today, Dr. Shanker takes on the topic of math from a Self-Reg perspective. 
In The Giant Leap, he discusses how math shouldn't be seen as merely a compulsory subject, but an enriching mental experience. In Is This Truly a Matter of Hatred?, he explains why so many children today are going into fight-or-flight at the mere thought of doing math. In What Can I Do About It?, he discusses how to help a child with a kindled math alarm

PART I: The "giant leap"

DOCTOR #1: Who are you? Why aren't you masked? Who are these people?
DOCTOR #2: I don't know.
DOCTOR #1: What the hell is that? What are you doing? 

McCOY: Tearing of the middle meningeal artery.
DOCTOR #1: What's your degree in, dentistry?
McCOY: How do you explain slowing pulse, low respiratory rate, and coma?

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PART II: Is this truly a matter of hatred?

Children are going into fight-or-flight at the mere thought of doing math. Self-Reg helps us to understand why this is happening and what we might do about it.

An alarmingly large number of early learners have come to abhor math by Grade 3: they have developed what is referred to as “High Math Anxiety” (HMA).

 

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PART III: What can I do about it?

How can we help a child with a kindled math alarm? How can we prevent this from happening in the first place?

In his classic, The Myth of Laziness, Mel Levine made the critical point that when a young child gives up on arithmetic, it's a sign, not that he is not trying hard enough, but rather that he is trying too hard and expending too much energy.

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DeVos Rescinds Guidance Documents for Disabled Students: What Does It Mean?

What does rescinding these guidance documents mean for the future of IDEA? Should parents and families, and educators expect new policy changes now for students with disabilities?

Recently, the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded 72 guidance documents from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). These guidance documents provide interpretation for the policies and regulations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act (IDEA). We talked to Professor Thomas Hehir about these changes and what they mean going forward for the administration, and for the parents and families of disabled students. Hehir, as former director of the OSEP from 1993 to 1999, was responsible for federal leadership in implementing IDEA, and wrote some of the guidelines that were rescinded by DeVos…..Continue Reading

Raising Kids

Math for Visual Learners

 

Muggins math board games and manipulatives are not only educational but make learning FUN! Built the old fashioned way with wooden boards and marbles, the games are great for family game night as well as for the classroom and after-school programs. Check out their products.

 

 

Why Students Forget- and What You Can Do About It

 

“In a recent article published in the journal Neuron, neurobiologists Blake Richards and Paul Frankland challenge the predominant view of memory, which holds that forgetting is a process of loss—the gradual washing away of critical information despite our best efforts to retain it. According to Richards and Frankland, the goal of memory is not just to store information accurately but to “optimize decision-making” in chaotic, quickly changing environments. In this model of cognition, forgetting is an evolutionary strategy, a purposeful process that runs in the background of memory, evaluating and discarding information that doesn’t promote the survival of the species.” Continue Reading 

 

Our Children’s Emotional State

The Silent Tragedy Affecting Our Children Today

There is a silent tragedy developing right now, in our homes, and it concerns our most precious jewels - our children. Talk to teachers and professionals who have been working in the field for the last 15 years. Our children are in a devastating emotional state!... Read More

 

Suicide in Children

It is terrifying to read the articles of young children, ages 10-12 commit suicide. We are terrified that as such young age they even know what means. But they do. And we must focus more on children's mental health and emotional wellbeing at home and in schools...Read More

 

For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

Parents can play a huge role in helping their children to develop a critical life skill: the ability to take notice of their thoughts, to step back and view the bigger picture, and to decide how to act based on that more realistic perspective....Read More