Following on from the success of the “Working Without Walls” project I have done with previous classes, the second half of last year saw skills being shared with colleagues throughout school in shared planning/shared teaching sessions – CPD that I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed being involved in and which has seen the learning platform being increasingly used for learning throughout the school.
So it’s time to look at some ways in which we can move the project forward as a whole school – and so starts a year which I think is going to be enormously exciting for us! If you’ve been following my tweets recently, you will know that I am getting very excited about this weekend because I am off for an e-twinning workshop.
e-twinning is a great opportunity to work with other schools from around Europe in collaborative projects and one reason I am particularly looking forward to the trip is the opportunity to establish lasting relationships with other teachers which will lead to sustainable, planned collaborations. Continue reading “International Collaboration in Education”→
Since charter schools are modeled after private schools, in many ways they are similar in terms of pro and con arguments. But, there are some significant differences between the two. The following video gives also a lot of information on the subject:
The most glaringly obvious difference is tuition. All public schools, whether regular, charter, or magnet are paid for by tax dollars. Private schools charge tuition to parents. Many people believe that, because the parents are paying for their children’s education, private schools must have more money than public schools.
That is not necessarily the case. Karen Arnold, from San Jose, CA, taught at a parochial school for 9 years and has recently moved to a public school. Says Mrs. Arnold “The public school I work for has had its budget cut back considerably in the last couple of years, and it is still not as frugal with resources as the private school was.
The research is clear – what happens in the first five years of life dramatically impacts what happens in the rest of a child’s life. Both longitudinal studies and brain research substantiate that strong foundations in the earliest years set the stage for children to be successful in school and later in life.
However, approximately 18,000 children in Douglas and Sarpy counties under the age of five live in families of low income. Research suggests these children are at risk of starting school significantly behind their peers who come from families with more resources.
Education for single moms
Single mothers often face some of the greatest challenges in raising their children. especially teenage mothers, especially when they dropped out of a high school. We support teen moms and help them get a high school equivalency diploma through online prep courses.
Therefore, we teamed up with the Single Moms Club organized by the GED prep website Bestgedclasses.org to help single moms graduate with a degree and become self-supporting after a while. The website offers free GED practice tests and prep and the moms we guide will use the website’s online classes while Bestgedclasses pays for the GED testing fee as well, a generous offer.
I was listening to a talk show a few weeks ago where the host shared a personal story that really struck me. When his kids were school aged, they lived in an area with a great school district. But, none of his three children did well in the assigned public schools.
Even though the schools were high ranking, they didn’t use a teaching method that his children responded to. Each of his children learned in different ways, and he wound up choosing different education methods for all three of his children, carefully matching the style of teaching with each of his children’s manner of learning.
His eldest child went to an all-boys private boarding school, his middle went to a charter school, and his youngest was homeschooled. Each of them flourished once they were in the right environment for them. “Wow”, I thought “talk about extremes.
When I was about 8 or 9 years old, I started reading books on my own. Soon enough though, the books I had to read for school occupied all my reserved time for reading. In fact, I started to not like reading so much, because I didn’t really like those books from school and had little time to read anything else.
Along my life, I would read books on my own. Just a few. Much more than my school mate´s average, I’d say. I think my interest in reading comes from having watched my parents read and comment on their books at home.
I remember my mom laughing so much at this book about a cat, and I waited anxiously for her to finish it so I could read it. I didn’t find it so amusing, but it was my first book without any drawings, and I was really proud I finished it. When I was 21, I went to Journalism College. You can imagine that in such a course, they give the students lots of books to read. I read them all, plus very few off of the curriculum.
Education must begin at home wherever you are in the world. Since this blog is aimed at Spanish readers, let me beam this article to the appropriate audience. For those Spanish readers out there who understand English, let me tell you and exhort you to educate your children as early as when they begin talking.
Try this out with some tips from your child’s pediatrician and child psychologist. Once he or she enters nursery school, there are child psychologists at school who will assist you.
But it is more advantageous to buy your children books in English. You can also teach them English using the Internet or some soft form of learning. These can begin by introducing the appropriate English terms to certain simple objects like for instance an olive tree. An olive tree is called aceltuna in Spanish. Your child already knows the Spanish name obviously. All you need to do is teach him or her English.
What is a charter school? The definition is “a public school operated independently of the local school board”. It sounds simple and straightforward, but the reality is that charter schools are an extremely complex and controversial topic.
Charter schools were first introduced in the early 1990’s in response to a nationwide call for sweeping public education reform. Most states passed legislation where they would allow the formation of some publicly funded “experimental” schools to give parents an alternative to the traditional public schools that were under so much fire at the time.
What does “experimental” mean? First of all, charter schools are not part of a school district. They are independently run businesses that follow a private school business model, except instead of charging tuition, they get public funds.
In a traditional system, the school districts set the curriculum for the schools in their domain, receive money from the state, and distribute it among the schools. In the case of charter schools, the individual schools set their own curriculum and receive money directly from the state.
The mission of Epic Charter Schools is to fulfill the individual potential of all students by setting up a personalized educational plan for each individual student that is focused on family and school partnership in order to achieve the best possible student performance. Every individual employed at Epic Charter Schools is working hard every day to reach these goals.
Epic is committed to providing both students and their families with an engaging learning environment to meet the unique needs and wishes of each individual student. The foundations on which Epic Charter Schools is built are the core values of respect, honesty, tolerance, self-discipline, fairness, integrity, work ethics, responsibility, trust, and citizenship.
Epic Charter Schools provides free public preK-12 education and is funded by the School Board for Virtual Charter Schools. The schools offer educational solutions for parents and students who seek non-traditional academic settings where personalized self-paced internet-based instruction is provided.
Charter schools are tuition-free, publicly funded schools that have greater autonomy and are more independent than traditional public schools. In turn, they are held more accountable for meeting some other charter-related provisions and student achievement.
In general, charter schools are new schools that did not exist before their charters were granted. Traditional private or public schools can also change to the status of a charter school. The expression “charter school” is practically always used in relation to largely autonomous but government-funded schools in America.
In America, each state has laws that are dictating a wide range of activities and regulations relating to charter schools such as school funding and staff and student recruitment. Regulations may vary by state but there are a few generalizations. Charter schools, for example, are typically not constrained by requirements that count for common public schools like specific union and bureaucratic rules.
1. Your child will be more excited about school because the school will actually be about your child. At most charter schools, teachers believe that the whole world is interconnected and that it is their job to help students see the web of disparate ideas that combine to create the very stuff of today and tomorrow.
Your child’s teachers will create a customized curriculum that enables your child to acquire math, science, language and research skills while engaged in the study of topics that are uniquely interesting to your child be it skateboarding, basketball, sewing, or veterinary medicine.
2. Your child will receive a lot of individualized attention. At each division (lower school, middle school, or upper school), the number of students will be limited to keep your child’s school small and personal. Divisions will be further divided into small classes that work as a collaborative learning team.
The team’s teacher will be solely responsible for the educational guidance of that class for as many as three years. This structure allows advisors to know your child and your child’s progress, interests, learning styles, strengths, and vulnerabilities very, very well and ensures that your child gets the help necessary to succeed.
Research shows that kids who skip breakfast tend to weigh more than those who eat breakfast regularly. Why? Eating breakfast may help to reduce snacking and avoid overeating later in the day.
Not all breakfasts are created equal
Your kids will get more mileage from an English muffin with scrambled eggs, fruit and a cup of fat-free milk than they will from a bowl of sweetened cereal and a large glass of juice. A smart breakfast choice includes whole grains, lean protein, and some fruit or veggies.
One of my favorite breakfasts
Growing up my kids loved “The Girl-Scout Egg” have you heard of it? It’s fast and easy and a great start to a day.
Lightly butter (real butter) a piece of whole grain bread (not whole wheat, there is a big difference) both sides, place on a skillet on medium heat and grill slightly (about 1 minute), turn over then with a small round cookie cutter or something that will cut about a 2″ circle cut out the center of the bread (you can do this prior to cooking if you choose), then crack an egg into the middle of the open hole, cook to your child’s liking if they like the egg over medium you should turn the toast over to cook the other side.