Monthly Archives: September 2013

12 Awesome Free Educational Games Websites

In moderation, educational games are another tool which we can use to help teach and engage our children all the way from Kindergarten to adulthood. Considering this, I have conducted some research and have compiled a list of 12 awesome free educational games websites. I provide a link and short summary of each. I have also “test drove” games in each of these sites and had a lot of fun doing so!

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TEACHER PERFORMANCE RANKINGS MADE PUBLIC: TRANSPARENCY OR NAIVETY?

TEACHER PERFORMANCE RANKINGS MADE PUBLIC: TRANSPARENCY OR NAIVETY? Standardized test scores are one piece of data which can be used to evaluate the performance of teachers. They are a virtual snapshot in time of where a student is at a particular moment. They should never be used on their own for evaluating teacher performance as there are too many other factors to be weighed.

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5 Great Ways to Reward Awesome Teachers

We need to find new and creative ways to show our teachers we value and respect them. This is not just a principal responsibility, but a parental and societal one as well. Considering this, I have listed and given a short explanation for 5 ways I reward my awesome teachers!

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Stop the Bullying!

What has really inspired me to write this short post today is a story I read this morning about another case of alleged bullying leading to tragedy. My heart broke when I read it. My intent in this post is to once again advocate for the support of forward thinking actions to prevent bullying.

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California Law Allows Teens to Erase Embarrassing Posts

A law was signed on Monday which makes California the first state to require websites to allow people younger than 18 to remove their own postings on that website and inform them of how to do so. Once again the State of California is showing leadership by helping our young people. They are actually doing something and not just talking about it.

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Are Principals to blame for bullying?

In his book, “Bully Stop Now! A School Superintendent Tells You How”, Greg Anderson contends that schools are not doing enough to fight bullying and that Principals as leaders of these institutions are essentially to blame. I would contend that in many resepcts the author is quite correct and Principals need to prioritize the needs of their job and school…and to stop bullying should be at the top of that list!

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10 ways for students to make money while in college or university

I have compiled a list of 10 ways for students to make money while in college or university. The list is very practical and relevant for all students. Also, the objective of the list is to provide simple methods which will not conflict or interfere with the student’s ability to complete their number one priority…getting their education!

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Best educational websites for teachers, parents and students

A list of sites which will be very helpful for teachers, parents and students. I have used each of these sites personally and am quite impressed at what they can offer to the education community. I can only hope one day I can give back as much as they do. They provide unique collaboration opportunities and operate as virtual professional learning communities in many respects.

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Strategies to fight cyberbullying

Cyberbullying can have a devastating effect upon children. Schools, parents and students need to work together and have strategies to fight cyberbullying. Only when we work together as a team and promote solid strategies can we hope to help our children.

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Top ten fundraising ideas for Parent Teacher Associations

A review of the most successful parent fundraising ideas which I have personal expereince with. I provide a rundown on approximate funds raised, level of parent and community engagement and the degree of labor which is required. So without further ado…the top ten fundraising ideas for parent councils:

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