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Life Skills Support Teacher

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The best show ever, conceived by fellow left hander/right brainer Joel Hodgson.

"Press the button, Frank."

Life Skills Support Teacher

Thanks for cribbing many of

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Thanks for cribbing many of the titles I already listed in a response to Mark Phillips' blog on this very topic just a few months ago.

Don't forget the short

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Don't forget the short subject from 1974 -- "Cipher in the Snow" by Jean Mizer.
Teachers -- know your students.
From Wikipedia "The story is about an ostracized teenager, Cliff Evans, who following his parents' divorce has no friends and becomes a completely withdrawn "cipher". Then on a school bus, he asks to be let off, and collapses and dies in the snow near the roadside. His school's math teacher is asked to notify his parents and write the obituary. Though listed as Cliff's favorite teacher, he recalls that he hardly knew him. After getting a delegation to go to the funeral - it's impossible to find ten people who knew him well enough to go - the teacher resolves never to let this happen to another child in his charge. It is implied that his death was because no one loved him."

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A retired school principal and district administrator from Lynn, MA, Jo Sullivan, wrote to me with some additional suggestions:

"Mad, Hot Ballroom

In addition to the diverse students who reminded me of our kids in Salem, MA and that my late mothers' favorite grade was 5th, the love and care of the teachers and principals were so typical of the teachers and administrators I worked with. This was the first DVD that I bought.

School of Rock

I never would have rented this one, but a Cambridge Public Schools teacher/instructional coach suggested it as a great description of differentiation and teaching to students' strengths. Principal Joan Cusack is a bit goofy, though not a bad guy. Bonus: very funny!"

Thanks, Joan!

Joint Appointment at GVSU between Math Dept and College of Ed

What can we learn from books/movies about teaching?

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As I wrote here - http://deltascape.blogspot.com/2012/07/what-can-we-learn-from-booksmovie... - we need to be careful about how we interpret actors following scripts when it comes to making educational decisions.

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