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Comment on Why I’m Sticking with Awards for All by rainydayreflections

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 23:09:09 +0000

Thank you for this great post. I sat through a 2nd grade awards ceremony today where a handful of students didn't receive an award. At one point my grandson was one of 5 in his class that didn't go up on the stage -- it was made very obvious that those 5 weren't good enough (in the kids' eyes). The sad thing is that my grandson has had a rough year this year because his parents divorced right before Christmas. He was doing his best to just survive the rest of the school year. A small recognition would have helped end his school year on a positive note. Instead his accomplishment was holding it together and not crying until he go to the car. Yes, I guess I am venting. I'd like to add that I'm an educator of 24 years. And I'm a believer if the awards for all philosophy. There's something good about every student. (I realize this is an old post; but I felt the need to comment. LOL)

Comment on Classroom Management Tip: Getting Your Students’ Attention by Orlando

Mon, 04 May 2015 05:13:01 +0000

Another method of getting attention which has worked wonderfully with my 4th grade ESL class that loves to chat (loudly too) is the game "Beat the Teacher." You count down from 5 and when you get to 1 it should be silent. If even one student is talking or moving at 1, the teacher gets a point. If they are silent and listening, the class gets a point. At the end of the day, I either take marbles out of our reward jar or add to it depending on who won.

Comment on What to Expect When You Have Expectations by teachezwell

Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:50:08 +0000

Reblogged this on Teachezwell Blog and commented: Mr. Foteah has described authentic high expectations, along with the kind of support necessary for kids to thrive. Let's do this for all our kids, regardless of race, regardless of labels.

Comment on What to Expect When You Have Expectations by teachezwell

Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:47:49 +0000

Well said! I'm definitely reblogging!

Comment on What it Takes by Milana

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:00:27 +0000

Hi Mr. Foteah! I randomly came across your blog and I am so glad I did! I am an education major in The City College of New York and for my Inclusive Practices course, we are required to complete 15 hours of field work while observing special needs/inclusive classrooms. Depending on where the school you teach in is located, It would be an honor to observe your classroom and and pick your brain from the side. I will be able to provide you with all paper work,finger prints and anything else you may ask for. Feel free to contact me at your convinence, Email: Hope to hear back!

Comment on Invisible Differentiation: Grouping Without Groups by New-Teacher Academy 2015 on #ntchat: Lesson Planning » Teaching With Soul

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:03:14 +0000

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Comment on Dear Me (On the Eve of My First Year Teaching) by Justine E. Matsuda

Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:23:43 +0000

When I originally commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Many thanks!

Comment on Sal Khan Never Taught Special Ed (or ELLs) by caseyrichard

Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:52:04 +0000

I know this is super old, but I wanted to comment anyway. Your entire argument is founded on the premise that Sal Khan intended Khan Academy to be a good fit for everyone. Sal Khan does say "We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere", but I think interpreting that to mean "anyone can use our service without any prerequisite knowledge" is pedantic. Rather, I think he meant that Khan Academy is freely accessible for anyone that can use it. Is Khan academy appropriate for children without a solid grasp of the English language? Definitely not. Is our public education system suitable for a child with a solid grasp of the English language and a growth mindset? Definitely not. Seeing that you teach special needs kids, I believe that you understand that one-size doesn't fit all. That said, it feels like the underlying implication here is that you feel Khan Academy is setting the bar too high for even the "average" students. Even if he is, I think that's fine. As a child, I had an advanced understanding of English (and a passion for learning) that made public education hell for me. I wish that I Khan Academy had been around.

Comment on 10 Reasons Your Students Should Be Blogging by Sabrina

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:20:29 +0000

That entry is really good, I will keep those thoughts in mind.

Comment on Out with the Old Word Wall, in with the New by Andrea Clark (@MrsClark4)

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:34:45 +0000

Nice to have your voice back in my feed. The 2 board idea is simple, but brilliant. While I teach 4th, I too have also struggled with word walls. I haven't had one in a couple of years and just set up a new one to focus on vocab. It looks gorgeous, but there are no words up yet and I've been secretly concerned about having it overfilled with a mishmash of "everyday" and "content" words. I am having the kids keep personal vocab journals, (my nod to choice/differentiation), but I've been trying to figure out if it makes more sense to keep alphabetical or content word lists. Maybe the way to go is to have them use the front of the journal for everyday words (alphabetically). And start content pages from the back of the book. I might be on to something here! Keep us posted on how it goes and how you tweak it along the way. Enjoy your delightful second graders. .