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March 2010 Blog Posts (8)

Assessment FOR Learning - Don't confuse it for a specific strategy

This was originally posted on Assessment FOR Learning.

When faced with a new concept it is natural and necessary to attach meaning to that concept. Sometimes when we find an understandable example of that concept we begin to confuse that idea for the concept itself. As Salem High School and the City of Salem Schools strive to… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on March 23, 2010 at 4:34pm — 2 Comments

Using Quotes to teach life lessons

Do you remember your parents or grandparents sharing with you the same words of wisdom over and over again until you could quote them in your sleep?

If so, then count yourself blessed. Those words of wisdom spoken by an adult who cared helped to shape you and mold you. Even though at times you were probably tired of hearing those words, they stuck in your head and helped to guide you and your life.

My favorite example came from my grandfather,…

Added by Scott Habeeb on March 22, 2010 at 10:23pm — No Comments

PART TWO - Use Music to Inspire and Connect with Students

Recently I posted about ways to use music in the classroom and a list of specific songs that can be used. This post is a follow up to that earlier one. The first part of this post before the list of songs is copied verbatim from the…


Added by Scott Habeeb on March 19, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

4 Steps for Starting a Freshman Transition Program

So you want to create a Freshman Transition Program (FTP) at your school and you don’t know where to start. You keep hearing about other schools creating Freshman Academies – is that what your school should do? How do you go about researching and exploring the topic?

Well, you’ve come to the right place.…


Added by Scott Habeeb on March 11, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Students can learn from THE HOLE

Many of our students have not seen real-life examples of success, of hard work, of overcoming problems, and of properly dealing with…

Added by Scott Habeeb on March 10, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

When Education was King

Americans need to revive the thirst for knowledge. It seems like education is on life support and fading fast. We cannot afford to continue to drift back word. Billions of dollars are spent on education every year and we need to renew the level of excitement of students and parents. Too often a good portion of the money that is spent on education fails to make an impact on communities. Education is one way that we can invest in creating a prosperous community.

There are some… Continue

Added by Dr. Stephen Jones on March 3, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Another Great Song to Share - Our Lives by The Calling

Here's another great song to consider sharing with your students (if the video doesn't load right away try refreshing the page):

This song, Our Lives by The Calling, has an axcellent message for our young people. As I have recommended with songs before, try playing it for your students as a Do Now/Bell Ringer activity. Ask your students to listen to the song and…

Added by Scott Habeeb on March 3, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Why is Allen Iverson on Assessment FOR Learning?

(This post was originally posted on Assessment FOR Learning. While it does not directly relate to freshmen, it does relate to the art of teaching and assessing.)

Members of this network may have noticed a video that seems out of place on an educational social network. The video is of a post-game interview with NBA player Allen Iverson. Why in the world is that on here?

Salem… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on March 2, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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