March 2014

Information: Too Much of a Good Thing?

  • Posted on: 21 March 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy

There's more information available through a handheld device than all the teachers you've ever known could convey if they taught 24/7 for the next 100 years. Did I make that up?  Yes, but honestly I think they would have to teach infinitely longer than 100 years. Information is everywhere, and it can be obtained quickly and easily.  The 'playing field' of education has changed, but most educators don't realize it. How many teachers do you know who still believe it is their job to simply pass on information to their students? The problem is, that's not what students need.

'Must Read' Article on IEPs

  • Posted on: 20 March 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy

Once in a while I read an article that is so useful, I think everyone should read it.  I recently found such on article that addresses the topic of procedural errors in the IEP development process. On the surface, it sounds like old news.  Procedural errors... hmmm... obviously we want to avoid them. However, the way this article is written sets it apart from many others that tend to induce sleep rather than provide relevant guidance.  What is this article and why should you share it with every professional who serves on an IEP team in your school system?

Be a Hero, Dump the Zero

  • Posted on: 17 March 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy

Schools across the country are frantically looking for ways to raise student achievement and state test scores. Consultants are working with school staffs to improve teaching, purchase computer programs, engage students, and redesign courses to get students “back to basics.”

But the problem with our schools’ low student achievement might be something much more basic than technology and/or textbooks. It might be the way we assign grades.