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Comment on You’re Not in Title-I-Land Anymore, part 3 by calliehedrick

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 20:58:54 +0000

Teachers getting and staying in touch with their students parents should be mandatory. Parents should want to know what is going on (even though that isn’t always the case) and they should be aware of their child’s education at all times. Teachers should never want a situation to occur where a parent is able to say “you never told me that.” Or the idea of a possible retention come up at the end of the year and the parents say they had no idea their child was struggling. As a former Title-I reading specialist, I could relate to your list of extra efforts you put forth to build a relationship with student’s families. Shouldn’t there be equal treatment regardless of the school being a Title-I school or not? As an educator I find myself being puzzled by your experience in “La la land” and having many questions. Whether it is a Title-I school or not, shouldn’t all teachers put forth that extra effort to involve parents as much as possible? How can your fellow teachers at your school feel like they are doing all that they can for their students and not getting parents involved? Through my personal experience, graduate classes I have taken, and a minimal amount of research, I know that students are more likely to be successful if parents are involved in their education. If a child feels like mom and dad don’t care about their education, why would the child care? Children are very perceptive to the expectations their teachers, as well as parents, have and they will meet them, high or low. If I were a child at this school I would know that my parents weren’t going to be involved in what I do at school and I would most likely pout forth little effort just to get by. I cannot understand how your fellow teachers do not feel the need to have parents updated and in touch throughout the year. Even in my first year of teaching, I made sure that parent support and involvement was a top priority in my classroom. I sent notes home daily, a newsletter weekly, not to mention the many phone calls and emails each day. I just can’t imagine not having parents involved for my sake and for the students.






Comment on Is Brainpop Bad For Students? by Week in Lab: Success, Failure, and the Lessons Learned | Reflections on Teaching

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 17:13:18 +0000

[...] twice. The second lesson was  based on a short lecture with images, and a BrainPop video, proving Gary Stager’s point that they aren’t enough, and my point that they should be used as an into or review, rather [...]



Comment on Why not “cure” poverty instead? by The “Best” Articles (And Blog Posts) About Education Policy — 2009 | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 02:27:30 +0000

[...] Mercer wrote an absolutely great post at our group blog, In Practice. It’s titled “Why Not Cure Poverty Instead?” and is outgrowth of a conversation about Ruby [...]



Comment on Is Brainpop Bad For Students? by The Best Sites To Learn & Teach About Thanksgiving | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:47:06 +0000

[...] seems pretty insulting to Native Americans and to the student audience of the story.  Jeez, I know Brainpop gets criticized, but even their Thanksgiving movie refers to the damage caused to Native [...]



Comment on Cellphones In Class by Cellphones in class | Befuddled

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 14:11:33 +0000

[...] Ferlazzo, by contrast, argues in favor of his school’s cellphone ban. At his school they’ve found cellphones break up school community by making it easy to [...]



Comment on Is Brainpop Bad For Students? by Brainpop ESL Launches Today | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

Sat, 05 Sep 2009 17:57:41 +0000

[...] I like Brainpop a lot, and believe that it’s well worth the money for teachers of World History and United States History. Since they added closed-captioning to their animations last year, their movies became especially accessible to English Language Learners. I’ve included them on a number of “The Best…” lists. In fact, I’ve defended Brainpop from attacks in Is Brainpop Bad For Students? [...]



Comment on Classroom Management by Education News » Blog Archive » Back to School in a Web 2.0 World

Sun, 30 Aug 2009 04:02:06 +0000

[...] of these suggestions can be used any day or even help you start over as suggested by Alice Mercer, Larry Ferlaza and others on the Starting Over Page of the First Day Wiki.As we move beyond the world of Web 1.0 [...]



Comment on iPods In Schools by Why I Support The Cellphone Ban At Our School | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

Sat, 01 Aug 2009 17:04:18 +0000

[...] might also be interested in visiting the post I wrote about our iPod ban, [...]



Comment on EdubloggerCon 2009 Reflections by Reflection on Day One of NECC 2009 | Reflections on Teaching

Wed, 08 Jul 2009 02:51:49 +0000

[...] Becker shared this (and some of the background on why it occurred) with me on Saturday after his EdubloggerCon session on School Change. He also suggested that I go to the Conference based on my comments. So, I showed up on Monday [...]