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‘We Are Left With No Other Choice’: WV Teachers Strike Again A Year Later

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly a year to the day after West Virginia teachers went on a strike that launched a national “Red4Ed” movement, they’re doing it again. Teachers and school support workers lined streets outside schools with picket signs and packed the state Capitol for the first day of a walkout Tuesday over complicated education legislation that they view as lacking their input and as retaliation for last year’s strike. How long this one goes on will be a day-to-day decision, leade...
Tags: News, Justice, Washington, Senate, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Ap, Teachers, House, Strike, Carmichael, Capitol, Oakland California, House of Delegates, Putnam County, Jim Justice


Denver students boycott school board lesson plans, stage dance party in solidarity with striking teachers instead

Denver's teachers learned the example of the LA teacher's strike and walked out yesterday; the school district organized instructional sessions for the students, but students decried them as poorly presented and "useless" -- instead of attending them, the students at Denver's East High organized a dance party in solidarity with their teachers. Instead of following the district's bogus lesson plans, students at East High in Denver organized a dance party in solidarity with their striking...
Tags: Post, News, Labor, Colorado, La, Teachers, Denver, Solidarity, East High, Redfored, Eric Blanc, Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow


March of the robots

Photo by Steve Wheeler Anyone who has ever attended the BETT Show will tell you it is vast, chaotic and very commercial. The latter is inevitable, because BETT is a free-entry event, and someone has to pay to make sure the four day education show happens. BETT was bigger than ever this year, with more vendors and more visitors, overspilling into an additional space across the corridor from the usual trade show venue.As I wandered around the show this year, skilfully sidestepping the min...
Tags: Programming, Technology, Learning, Education, Teachers, Robots, Schools, eLearning, Classroom, Bett, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, BETT2019, VEX Robotics, Seymour Papert Mitch Resnick


#3quotes from Rogers

Image from Wikimedia Commons Although he originally practised as a psychotherapist, Carl Rogers was intensely interested in education. His 1969 publication Freedom to Learn is now considered a classic of education. It was certainly required reading during my own teacher training. Rogers' approach to both psychotherapy and education was humanistic and thus person-centred. His view on learning was that children needed to be fully engaged rather than passive in the classroom:"It is most im...
Tags: Learning, Students, Education, Teachers, eLearning, Rogers, Carl Rogers, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Humanism, Unconditional Positive Regard, Charles Merrill Publishing Previous


#3quotes from Dewey

One of the most valued books in my personal library was first published over a hundred years ago, in 1916. It's by John Dewey and is called Democracy and Education. One of the first things I learnt from reading Dewey, is that we don't teach subjects, we teach people. Dewey opposed the mechanistic methods of education that were prevalent in his day, proposing (then) radical solutions. His thoughts about the nature of education extend to what cannot be taught, but is learnt by experience:"There i...
Tags: Learning, Education, Democracy, Stem, Curriculum, Teachers, Schools, Pedagogy, eLearning, John Dewey, Dewey, Illich, Differentiation, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Learning By Doing


#3quotes from Freire

One of the most valued books in my personal education library is Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970) by the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. If you are a teacher but haven't yet read it, I thoroughly recommend it - this book is a game changer. Here I present some of my annotations to accompany three classic quotes from the book, to get you started:Freire is critical of the transmission method found in schools, in which what he calls the 'banking concept', is consistently applied. This is where tea...
Tags: London, Learning, Education, Teachers, Schools, Pedagogy, eLearning, Narrative, Dialogue, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Freire, Paulo Freire, Problem Posing Education, Transmission Method


People at #BETT2019

Photo by Steve Wheeler I'm just back from another BETT Show, and I intend to write some reflections on what I saw, heard and experienced in future posts. Watch this space. But first, I want to write about the most important element....For me, the highlight of every BETT Show is not the vendors, nor is it the shiny technology - it's the people. The London Excel centre is a vast warehouse of space, and it takes a long time to wend your way across its acres of carpet. But at just about eve...
Tags: Technology, London, Learning, Education, Teachers, Schools, eLearning, Fringe, Drew Buddie, Educators, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Bill Lord, Teachmeet, Ian Usher, BETT2019


Emboldened by the LA teachers' "blue state" victory, Denver's teachers declare strike

Just days after LA teachers declared victory in their strike for better classroom conditions and limits on charter schools, their colleagues in Denver -- another "blue state" -- have voted to walk off the job, with a very similar set of demands. Last year's #RedForEd strikes were concentrated in Republican-dominated red states, but beating up on teachers and advocating through charter-school privatization of public system is a bipartisan disease, with many establishment Democrat backers. C...
Tags: Post, News, Colorado, California, La, Los Angeles, Teachers, Oakland, Denver, Amy, Redfored, Arlene Inouye, Blue State Teachers' Strikes


After six days, LA teachers settle their strike, wringing huge concessions out of the school district

After six school days on the picket line, more then 30,000 LA public school teachers voted to accept an offer from the nation's second-largest school district that amounted to a near-total capitulation by management in favor of the teachers' broad demands: smaller classes; more aides, librarians and counselors; better school maintenance; support for a statewide moratorium on new charter schools; and releasing the cost-of-living-allowances that the state had paid to the LA Unified School Distric...
Tags: Post, News, La, Los Angeles, Chicago, Teachers, Lausd, Louisiana, Oakland, Denver, Jacobin, Solidarity Forever, UTLA, LA Unified School District, Redfored, Cory Brooker


Why charter schools are the flashpoint for the LA teachers' strike

When teachers from the largest school district in America walked off the job this week, they were not campaigning for wages: rather, they were demanding smaller classes; more librarians, counselors, aides and special-ed teachers; and to rein in the Charter school movement, and that last demand is the key to understanding the whole thing. Charter schools were developed in the wake of the Brown v Board of Ed decision, which found that racially segregated public schools were illegal; charter s...
Tags: Post, News, Education, Labor, La, America, Los Angeles, Reagan, Teachers, New York Times, Lausd, Class War, Brown, Jeff Bryant, Charter Schools, Teachers strike


How to Feed LA’s Striking Teachers

More than 30,000 Los Angeles public school teachers are currently on strike, demanding changes that include significantly reduced class sizes and salary increases.Read more...
Tags: School, Students, La, Los Angeles, Teachers, Strike, Lifehacks


Spilt milk

Photo by Newtown Graffiti on Flickr  Accidents will happen. And occasionally, maybe they should. Accidents are not welcome in most schools. Children are usually told to be more careful and 'not to do it again' when mishaps occur. Yet accidents can often be just as important in our education as learning knowledge and skills. What's more, they probably prepare students for a world of work where mistakes may not necessarily be a bad thing. Reflect for a moment on some of the serendipitous ...
Tags: School, Technology, Learning, Education, Accidents, Failure, Teachers, Assessment, Canon, eLearning, Serendipity, Spencer, Raytheon, Alexander Fleming, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England


#TacosForTeachers: crowdfunding to feed LA's teachers as they strike against privatization and austerity

Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (America's largest district) are walking the picket line this week in the pouring rain, demanding an end to the billionaire dark-money backed privatization movement that funnels public education funds to the shareholders of racially segregated, underperforming charter schools. The Democratic Socialists of America have started a GoFundMe to provide taco truck meals to the striking teachers. It was originally intended to raise $1,000 and fee...
Tags: Food, Post, News, Not Food, Los Angeles, Teachers, Charitable Giving, DSA, Democratic Socialists of America, Redfored, Tacosforteachers, Los Angeles Unified School District America, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Tacos


In LA, the teachers of America's largest school district are on strike

LA teachers are on strike today, fighting against privatization, standardized tests, giant classes, and clawbacks of in-class teachers' aides. The LA Unified School District -- whose billionaire superintendent was installed thanks to oceans of dark money fronted by the charter school lobby -- will respond by spending its $1.86 billion reserve on high-priced scabs. Unlike last year's wave of #RedForEd teachers' strikes, LA teachers are striking against Democratic party operative and donors,...
Tags: Post, News, Education, Labor, California, La, America, Los Angeles, Teachers, Lausd, Class War, Donald Trump, Democratic Party, Austin Beutner, Dinos, Late Stage Capitalism


LA school district prepares for strike with army of expensive scabs

30,000 employees of the LA Unified School District are preparing to go on strike tomorrow, demanding a reversal of the trend to privatizing public education. In response, the nation's largest public school district has sourced 400 high-paid scabs to cross the picket line, raising $3 million to pay "teachers, campus aides, special education assistants, nurses and teachers aides" sourced through at least five temp agencies. The 400 will be joined by 2,000 non-teachers-union LAUSD employees ...
Tags: Post, News, California, La, Los Angeles, Teachers, Lausd, SEIU, LA Times, Neoliberalism, Howard Blume, UTLA, Late Stage Capitalism, Sonali Kohli, LA Unified School District, SEIU Local 99


LA's teachers are ready to strike on Tuesday, rejecting privatization of public education

Last year saw a wave of teachers' strikes across America, but mostly in red states where public education has been starved of funds, putting teachers on starvation wages, subjecting kids to dangerous conditions, and stripping schools of resources and even putting schools on four-day weeks. But on January 10th, the teachers who educate the 694,000 students of the LA Unified School District (comparable to the entire student population of the state of Oklahoma) are heading on strike, in a de...
Tags: Post, News, Labor, California, La, White House, Religion, America, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Reagan, Earth, Teachers, Ronald Reagan, Arizona, Christian


Arizona Republicans’ new law would fire teachers who discuss ‘controversial’ things, like politics

The law would fire teachers for discussing “controversial” political, racial and religious messages... whatever that means.
Tags: Politics, Education, Republicans, Censorship, Lifestyle, Teachers, Arizona, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Arizona Republicans, No Promo Homo Laws


I’m in awe of your heart-work.

Dear Coaches, Teachers, Counselors… People who serve . If you’re in the business of Soul-work and service, how do take care of yourself? One of our Desire Map Facilitators , Katie Tassone-Milligan, chimes in: “Holding space for others and giving your all… it can take a toll!” What do you do to make sure you can shine without burning out? A suggestion. So simple: End with gratitude. Even if you’re blurry-eyed at the end of the day, make a quick gratitude summary your closing ritua...
Tags: Inspiration, People, Soul, Netflix, Teachers, Yoga, Fire Starters, Danielle LaPorte, Coaches, Delete, Fire Starter Session, For Fire Starters, General (no home listing, Hey FSS, Heart-work, Katie Tassone Milligan


High School Teacher Arrested After Video Shows Him Fighting Student in Class

A California high school teacher was arrested after he was caught on video fighting a student in his classroom.According to ABC 7, students in the class said an argument over a dress code violation led to the physical altercation between the teacher and the student.Video footage from the confrontation at Maywood Academy High School in Maywood, CA went viral on social media last week. After listening to the student hurl insults at him, the teacher swings at the student and punches him right in t...
Tags: Videos, Crime, News, Abc, California, Teachers, High School, Jazz, Riley, High School Students, Maywood Academy High School, Marston Riley, Maywood CA, Enrique Deharo, Ivan Valencia, Miriam Guizar


White Teacher Investigated for Wearing Blackface to Halloween Party

I feel like in the year 2018 (hell, it’s almost 2019), the following statement should just go without saying, and every single person should have it ingrained into their subconscious: doing blackface isn’t cool. Like, stop. Just stop.Well, apparently that lesson hasn’t fully sunk in for some people, because an Iowa teacher is currently under investigation after she attended a Halloween party rocking blackface. And that lady is Megan Luloff, a first-grade teacher at Walcott Elementary in Walcott,...
Tags: Wtf, News, America, Teachers, Iowa, Investigations, Jazz, Bad Ideas, Blackface, Davenport, Megan, Halloween Party, Really, Bad Teacher, Lafawnduh, You Big Dummy


Teacher accuses student of being gay and having fake girlfriend in front of entire classroom

The teacher admitted saying it because of how the student looks.
Tags: Texas, Bullying, Life, Lifestyle, Teachers, Homophobia, San Antonio, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Gay Students


All in the game

Photo by   Nestor Galina I have written many times about game based learning and its place in education. Here's a revisit to a post I published several years ago. It examines the long game and strategy elements of learning through game playing. I am, as ever, interested in your views.Games playing is not always viewed as a serious pedagogical method. Some teachers dismiss it as time wasting, or as a frivolous activity that is best employed at the end of term, when the serious business...
Tags: Education, Strategy, Analysis, Critical Thinking, Teachers, Language, Schools, Holland, Mathematics, eLearning, Western Europe, Steve Wheeler, Nestor Galina, Bernie DeKoven, Long Game, Game Based Learning


Teacher Lowered Student’s Grade Because He Stopped Having Sex With Her, Lawsuit Claims

A former South Carolina teacher allegedly forced a student to have sex with her multiple times, and actually lowered his grade after he began to fend off her advances, according to a lawsuit filed by the student’s mother.The suit, which was filed last month on behalf of the then 17-year-old male student and his mother, alleges that 28-year-old Jennifer Danielle Olajire-Aro—who taught math and was a tennis coach at Burke High School in Charleston, S.C.—blackmailed the teen into having a sexual re...
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Sex, Teachers, Lawsuits, Jazz, Sex Crimes, South Carolina, Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston South Carolina, University of Texas, Dallas Texas, Charleston County, Burke High School


Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Create’ curriculum launches on Apple Books

Fist announced at Apple’s education event in Chicago, the company today launched its new “Everyone Can Create” curriculum on Apple Books. The curriculum joins Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” initiative by offering teachers a way to integrate drawing, music, filmmaking and photography into their classroom lesson plans. Specifically, “Everyone Can Create” is designed to take advantage of Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad and Apple Pencil, also introduced at the company’s event this March in Chicago. Before...
Tags: Apple, Education, Tech, Curriculum, Chicago, Teachers, Schools, Garageband, Apple Pencil, Philip Schiller Apple, Worldwide Marketing, Apple Stores, Apple Pencils, Apple Books


Teacher Sketches Anime Chalkboard Art to Inspire Students

Earning the envy of any anime enthusiast, this admirable teacher has utilized their chalk art expertise to sketch Boku no Hero Academia‘s Midoriya cheering on his students for Sports Day, with there likely being no greater source of encouragement. Managing to masterfully illustrate the timid protagonist with only 6 colors, the art will no doubt […]
Tags: School, Teachers, Illustration, Artists, Anime, Image Gallery, Hero Academia, Midoriya


The Best Wooden Pencils, According to a School Teacher 

When buying school supplies for your kid—perhaps during one of the tax-free weekends happening around the country—know that not all wooden pencils are created equal. Some break constantly. Others have erasers that smudge whatever they touch. The worst ones are basically sticks of agony that deserve to be left deep in…Read more...
Tags: Teachers, Back To School, Lifehacks, Pencils, School Supplies


Facebook launches a digital literacy library aimed at educators

Facebook this morning announced the launch of a new set of educational resources focused on helping young people think critically and behave thoughtfully online. The Digital Literacy Library, as the new site is being called, is aimed at educators of children aged 11 to 18, and address topics like privacy, reputation, identity exploration, security, safety, wellbeing and more. There are 830 million young people online, the company notes, which is why digital literacy is necessary. We’ve seen t...
Tags: Security, Social, TC, Facebook, Education, Privacy, Safety, Social Media, Tech, Teachers, Harvard University, Classroom, Digital Literacy, Educators, Berkman Klein Center for Internet Society, Berkman Klein


Back to school reading list for educators

Packing up your beach towels and heading back to the class room? To help make lesson planning and curriculum writing easier, we have prepared you a reading list from the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Curriculum: Rethinking Curriculum and Teaching: Reexamines curriculum and teaching to view them as two interrelated concepts embedded in the societal, institutional, and instructional contexts of schooling. Question the technicist and reductionist treatment of curriculum and teachin...
Tags: Books, Featured, Learning, Education, Diversity, Reading, Curriculum, Teachers, Classroom, Inclusion, Arts & Humanities, Online products, Educators, Shulman, Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Classroom Activities


Weapons of mass deception?

Image by Mike McKenzie via www.vpnsrus.com Fake news. Alternative facts. Deception. Lies.The media seems full of reportage on how social media carries content designed to deceive users. This recent article from the BBC News website calls into question some of the electoral results, including allegations of deliberate targeting of voters during the Brexit referendum. There does seem to b growing evidence that this may have been perpetrated, but in the midst of all the hyperbole and accusat...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Learning, Education, Social Media, BBC News, Teachers, Winston Churchill, Schools, eLearning, Facebook Twitter, Marshall McLuhan, Richard Clark, Robert Kozma, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England


Secret Service School Violence Guide Fails to Deliver on Stated Purpose

No one is expecting teachers to become professional operators. That said, you'd think these self-styled “elites” would be able to give better advice than (essentially) “Hold committee meetings.” (United States Secret Service/Facebook) USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Recently, the United States Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center released another tool in support of the effort to end the prevalence of targeted violence effecting the Nation, the world, and most importantly – our schools,” the...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Teachers, Secret Service, Republic, School Shootings, David Codrea, Gun Rights News, RKBA, Secret Service School Violence Guide Fails, Social Science Research Specialists, National Threat Assessment Center