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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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Hello, teaching is my passion, not my job. I keep the computers running for my city government. But I really enjoy designing, building, and flying model airplanes and water rockets. I just created a new science website; science videos and resources. http://www.scienceguy.org. Bill Kuhl

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Anna-Marie Robertson's picture
Anna-Marie Robertson
Online high school math teacher, Richard McKenna Charter School in Idaho

Hi everyone, I am a newbie to Edutopia.
I recently started my Masters of Educational Technology at Boise State University here in Idaho. I was introduced to Edutopia by my professor. I have been teaching online for over ten years and I have found that my skills desperatly needed updating. That's why I started my masters program. I am learning so many new and useful things. I am very interested in Web 2.0 tools to use in my courses. I am looking for tools for me as the course designer/teacher to use as well as tools for my students to use that are user friendly, web based, and have a short learning curve.

Bruce Deitrick Price's picture
Bruce Deitrick Price
Founder, Improve-Education.org

I write a lot about education reform. When I try to boil down all the problems and proposed solutions, here are the very few items I'm really sure about:
1) Foundational knowledge: teach more, teach it earlier; teach it again.
2) Reading: virtually all children can be reading by second grade. Making this happen is the most important thing. (Professors of education are still pushing Dolch words; which seems to me a tragic mistake.)

Bruce Deitrick Price's picture
Bruce Deitrick Price
Founder, Improve-Education.org

I try to figure out what isn't working, and why, and how do we make things better.
i confess right away I've gotten more cynical about our Education Establishment. These people are typically pushing in the wrong direction. If you share my suspicions, you'll enjoy the analysis you'll find on Improve-Education.org. For example, see "38: Saving Public Schools."

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Betty Ray
Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia
Staff

Nice to have you folks here with us. Anna-Marie I hope you found our Online Learning group -- it's brand new and we'd love to have your voice there! http://www.edutopia.org/groups/online-learning
(feel free to invite any other online teachers you know there too.)

Bruce, will check out your blog. Thanks for posting!
betty

Anna-Marie Robertson's picture
Anna-Marie Robertson
Online high school math teacher, Richard McKenna Charter School in Idaho

I am so there with you on this.
I am a math teacher, I try to teach Algebra online.
I liked the part of the article that talks about math.
I can tell you from experience that more and more and more (maybe those fifty million) kids come to me not knowing what 6*7 is or even how to figure it out. By the time they reach Algebra, they should have spent about 9 years putting things together (like 6 * 7) so that in Algebra we can tear them apart. It's tough to tear something apart if you haven't put it together in the first place.

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Lia Barnes
Principal at Odyssey Community School, Manchester CT

Hello, I'm looking forward to getting to know this site! Our 12-year old 4 - 8 public charter school in Manchester, CT is getting ready to grow to K - 8, and we find ourselves in a unique position to promote our school as an innovative, responsive, 21st century learning community. We're staffed with energetic young teachers who grew up with technology and are excited to take us to the next level. One really cool thing about our school is that we have a duel focus on media and technological literacy as well as character development. We grow really smart, really nice young human beings! I'm really interested to learn about innovative (and safe) ways to use social networking tools in education.

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Jennifer
Technology teacher in Eastern North Carolina

Hello Efi,
I am working on a graduate school project and would love to ask you a few questions about your work in Greece. If you would be willing to answer a few questions, please e-mail me at jce0531@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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Jennifer
Technology teacher in Eastern North Carolina

Hello Efi,
I am working on a graduate school project and would love to ask you a few questions about your work in Greece. If you would be willing to answer a few questions, please e-mail me at jce0531@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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Joan Roush
6th-8th Family & Consumer Science

I justed joined the group. Looking forward to sharing ideas. I do many projects with my students. I am always looking for ways to make them interesting and educational.

Loren Santow's picture

Hello, all. I am 54 years of age, completing a bachelor's in Teaching of History at Univ. Illinois/ Chicago after a long career as a freelance photographer, and currently student teaching at a wonderful public high school in Chicago. I'm middle school endorsed and hope to teach at that level.
I've been surprised to find no others my age seeking to enter the profession. Do they know something I don't know? I can see how my age will not exactly be an advantage in the job market, especially in this economic climate, but I wonder if others who have done/are doing the midlife transition to an education career would be willing to share their experiences. Thanks.

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