Articles from "Food for Thought":
We all need to relax and renew ourselves from time to time, so, even if you are teaching summer school or taking some classes, don't forget to take a deep breath and have some fun. We are going to take advantagte of our summer by eliminating office work on Fridays. You will find our summer office hours below:
June 14 to August 15, 2010
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Eastern T
Teacher: What are you reading?
Pupil: I don't know.
Teacher: But you're reading aloud!
Pupil: But I'm not listening!
During the past school year, we have had so many discussions about assessing student progress that we thought we would compile our thoughts and suggestions and post them on our web site. This information will include some of the ideas we discussed in our Food For Thought article, "Assessing the Situation - Again" that we sent out a month ago, but it will go into more detail on certain topics. We will post the information under "Teaching Resources" later in June so that teachers have time to consider all the options before they begin the 2010-2011 school year. As usual, if you have any questions, call us at 800-343-1211.
- Never trust a dog to watch your food.
- You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
- Don't pull dad's finger when he tells you to.
- When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair.
- If you want a kitten, start out asking for a horse.
As many of you know, we have begun to re-design the Intermediate Level of the Stevenson Program, including Frostings, Doilies and More. The project will take a couple of years, but some of our first ideas have been posted on our web site under "Latest News." To view them, click on the attachment (a pdf file) under "Suggestions and Instruction to Enhance the Intermediate Level." We will revise and add to these lessons over the summer.
Some Practical Points
Some public school systems have suffered much more than others from our national economic problems. However, two things are clear: no school system is in better financial condition than it was two or three years ago; and even the ones who had relatively few problems in the recent past are, with good reason, very worried about the future.
A very active, five year old girl was often told by her parents that she was "full of beans." One night her father told her it was time to go to bed, and she replied without hesitation, "But, Daddy, I still have some beans left."
Some of you may have a special opportunity
An historically large amount of money has begun to flow to state Departments of Education for a very specific purpose: to turn around failing schools. If your school does not rank in the bottom five per cent in your state, you may not be interested, but if your school does, it may have a rare opportunity.
A linguistics professor was lecturing his class:
"In English a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language in which a double positive can form a negative."
A voice from the back of the room replied, "Yeah. Right."
Hints about Assessing Student Progress in the Stevenson Program
If you Google the phrase “reading assessment,” you receive more than 43 million results. “Reading Test” produces about 105 million. (In contrast, “math assessment” yields about 12 million.) Unless you have been teaching in the jungles of New Guinea for the last five years, you know that assessing reading ability is almost an obsession among educational policy-makers today. Therefore, teachers are now asked to perform reading assessments almost continuously.