The federal government made enough money on student loans over the last year that, if it wanted, it could provide maximum-level Pell Grants of $5,645 to 7.3 million college students.
The $41.3-billion profit for the 2013 fiscal year is down $3.6 billion from the previous year but still enough to pay for one year of tuition at the University of Michigan for 2,955,426 Michigan residents.
It’s a higher profit level than all but two companies in the world: Exxon Mobil cleared $44.9 billion in 2012, and Apple cleared $41.7 billion.
When a college freshman received a C- on her first test, she literally had a meltdown in class. Sobbing, she texted her mother who called back, demanding to talk to the professor immediately (he, of course, declined).
I plan on asking my students what they think of this article and what is being discussed about their generation…
“The great teachers fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life. I wanted to follow Mr. Monte around for the rest of my life, learning everything he wished to share of impart, but I didn’t know how to ask.”—
Although educators tend to feel like they are left all on their own to deal with students that are getting crazier by the day, there are plenty of technology resources that can make their teaching job more effective. Educators should definitely start using some of the online solutions that are meant to promote modern education &
Another way I flipped my thinking about learning was when I allowed students to demonstrate mastery of content by means of alternative assessments. In our Flipped-Mastery Model, we required every student to pass each summative assessment with a 75 percent. I was very rigid on this. A 74 percent was not good enough. But as I embraced alternative assessments, I was pleasantly surprised at how students were able to show me what they had learned without having to prove it on traditional tests. I had students designing video games, making videos and doing art projects. They pushed me to rethink what assessment should look like. Ultimately we saw about 25 percent of our students who regularly chose to do alternative assessments instead of the traditional tests. Alternative assessments helped me flip my thinking about assessment.
Wow…I never really thought of giving my students the option to not take the test and prove to me that they learned it. Not exactly sure how it would work…especially in a social studies/history classroom…
Any ideas for teaching about the entire Middle East?
We can discuss geography, history, politics, economics, religion, culture, and really anything having to do with social studies but I’m going to be very constricted by time! What is most important to cover in this region? Any ideas for teaching the region?
Although they are, on the whole, much more wired than students I’ve taught in the past, many of them seem confused when I tell them in class that they can Google things. For instance, I’ve said several times that they shouldn’t…
“If they respect you, respect them. If they disrespect you, still respect them. Do not allow the actions of others to decrease your good manners, because you represent yourself, not others.”—Mohammad Zeyara (via thatkindofwoman)
So I’ve been reading the Great Gatsby with some of my kids. The majority of the class is completely Gatsby/Daisy and can’t wait for the end where Daisy and Gatsby run away together and leave “that asshole Tom” in the dust.
We finally got to the chapter where Wilson shoots Gatsby.
We finished the book. A student got so upset that Daisy never went to Gatsby’s funeral or sent flowers that she teared up and asked to take a walk to collect herself.
When the student came back one of the other girls said to me “Miss, I don’t know. I don’t like Daisy anymore.” She got real quiet again while she looked at the cover. Then the girl who cried said, “I never got so upset about a book before. I never thought a book could make me feel like this.”
I think that was one of the most beautiful things a student has ever said. I hope that moment was powerful for her because it gave me chills. It brought me right back to being 13 years old and reading Harry Potter under my covers with a flash light. Of laying in bed in the dark and crying myself to sleep after reading the death of Sirius Black. That was the first time a book made me cry and I remember laying in the dark, feeling like my whole world just exploded and then was violently put back together. Expect this time, I saw the world with such clarity that I wondered if I ever truly saw the world at all before that moment.
Books have that strange and magical way of changing a person’s whole perception of the world. Sometimes we need the death of a beloved character to appreciate those around us and learn to not take them granted because with the turn of a page, they could be gone.
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I don’t think I can recommend this website enough. I’ve been selling some of my best lessons, presentations, and projects over the past year and it has helped me to actually purchase more supplies for my own classroom.
I know that we want to encourage teachers to share and “steal” from each other as much as possible for free, but there’s also merit to recognizing that we’ve put in a lot of time on this stuff and some people will pay a little for this because they know how much time we’ve put in. Also, it adds a little extra earning on the side which can be helpful when so many teachers spend money on their own classrooms.
Also, it is a great website to find lesson plans or ideas for lesson plans as well. I’ve bought a few things myself and actually feel good about the money going to a fellow teacher who probably can use it well.
Remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books that allowed us to take stories into our own hands and decide the fate of our favorite characters? Even though the outcomes were predetermined, this interaction made us feel more invested and interested in the story. So why dont we see more of…