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Parent of two.

May I quote you?

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J.S. Bates, May I quote you? This is magnificent!:

"All children are gifted. They just open their presents at different times. We are lucky to open eyes and minds to doors our students only dream about."

Parent of two.

Four Years Later, the story still inspires!

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Just read your story about the "bored" goth students. I am glad that these kids were saved. Thank you!

Four Years Later, the story still inspires!

Chris Bergerson (not verified)

This is what real learning

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This is what real learning is about: engaging, transformational, hands-on, and relevant. It often takes more time and energy, but the results.

J. S. Bates (not verified)

Thousands of fanatics pack arenas

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Thousands of fanatics pack arenas and gymnasiums across the nation during "Madness" month. The energy and accolades shared by enthusiasts is contagious. Your story helps me catch a spirit that shares special learning moments, when we see the lightbulbs of creativity, acceptance, and acknowledgement flash brightly outside of the traditional classroom are happening everywhere. The ability to make a difference or simply be a difference is a power our children have, but tapping into that power means using a variety of tools and environments. Your outreach of an opportunity to these two lucky students, that they stepped up to, is a great way of reinforcing the engaging, enlightening, and educational experience project based learning provides. Every young person may not be a gifted athlete, artist, musician, or student, but I am reminded of a great quote a student shared with me a few years ago ; "I realized I didn't have to be a movie star, professional athlete, or politician to make a difference in someones life" after taking part in a Service Learning project. All children are gifted. They just open their presents at different times. We are lucky to open eyes and minds to doors our students only dream about.
Allison Williams (not verified)

How interesting; the

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How interesting; the moderator of an online book club to which I subscribe wrote her column today about the significance of telling someone you are proud of them. This concept goes right to the heart of human connections. Thank you for this inspiring piece.
rce (not verified)

Good job guys!

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Good job guys!
Claudia (not verified)

I am so proud of you as a

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I am so proud of you as a learning facilitator. You took the teachable moment to its best climax. May you continue to facilitate learning for your students . CER
Lynn Marentette (not verified)

Another comment- I'd like to

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Another comment- I'd like to share a few thoughts regarding technology, disengaged learners and potential dropouts. The two students Ron described are not unlike many others who are sitting in our high schools, communities, and juvenile detention centers. His story is a reminder that disengaged students CAN become re-engaged in the learning process. Unfortunately, if nothing is done, these students silently disappear. The only reminder of their existence is their name on a dropout list. And then they are forgotten. It is a problem that is not going away. It is important to share stories of success and encourage our colleagues. It is also important to look at what we can do on a broader scale. As I mentioned in my previous comment, I'm a school psychologist. Part of the job includes working on a team that includes teachers and related support staff. In many schools, this team provides school psychologists the opportunity to collaborate with teachers to plan or recommend instructional (or behavioral) strategies and interventions. With NCLB and the new IDEA regulations, the strategies and interventions must be "evidenced- based", supported by research, and likely to produce positive outcomes that can be measured over time. It would be wonderful if these teams routinely included the school's technology facilitator and/or media specialist. There is a lack of a body of research regarding the use of technology in intervention and prevention efforts carried out at the school level. In many busy schools it is difficult to control for hidden variables that might impact the quality of the research. I know that most school psychology graduate students must conduct school-based research as a graduation requirement. I think an interdisciplinary approach to research in the schools would be something to consider. Would it be difficult for leaders of graduate programs in school psychology, educational technology, and other fields to work together to support this effort? I know that many school psychology graduate students would welcome the opportunity to study the effectiveness of interventions that integrate technology, if they had the support from knowledgeable colleagues. To do my part to spread the word about the potential of technology, I created a blog, initially designed as an on-line repository of annotated resources for participants of a workshop I presented at a school psychology conference earlier this year. The title of my workshop was "Interactive Multimedia Technology: A Tool for Intervention and Prevention". My theory is that interactive multimedia technology has the potential to promote engaged learning, as it can address the learning needs of a wider range of students. Engaged learners are less likely to consider dropping out of school, and students who have successful experiences using technology are also developing skills that will help them make the transition to further education and adult life. My blog can be found at Interactive Multimedia Technology
Julie (not verified)

Beautiful story.... what

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Beautiful story.... what life is all about... helping others find their place....Thank you
Joseph Mahood (not verified)

Great insight into what the

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Great insight into what the educational needs of your students were. It takes the kind of creative teaching that you showed to inspire all of our students. I found similar, but less dramatic changes when I used portfolio assessments instead of traditional testing. Well done! I am going to use your article for my new teachers. Thanks
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