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December 2009 Blog Posts (8)

Why do Freshman Academies sometimes fail?

Why do Freshman Academies sometimes fail?

The answer – which will sound confusing at first – is because they are academies. Huh? Let me explain.

First of all let me refer you to 2 previous posts:

1. The Pros and Cons of the Academy Approach

2. The Pros and Cons of the… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on December 31, 2009 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Happy Birthday!

The Freshman Transition Network has just had its 1st birthday!

In the past year, The Network has gained 187 members from 30 states and 3 countries. We have had over 2000 visitors from 21 countries around the world.

With 76 blog posts, 17 forum discussions, 45 videos, and links to dozens of resources, The Freshman Transition Network has become a leader in the important effort to transform schools from the bottom up by better meeting the needs of 9th… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on December 27, 2009 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Best wishes to all of the Freshmen Transition Network Members -- and a Special Thanks to Scott!!!

As the holiday season is upon us, I just wanted to pause for a few moments to wish everyone involved with Freshman Transition a Great Holiday Season and an Awesome 2010!!! I also wanted to thank Scott especially for all the work which he has done to create and support Freshman Transition Network and through sharing his wisdom in addition to the work he is doing in his own school.

Thank you everyone...

Talk again soon...


Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on December 24, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

10 Education Tips for 2010

We are about to end another decade and its time to pursue education at its highest level. For centuries education has been the foundation for the growth of a successful society. So what is your education plan for 2010. Sitting on the sideline will not bring you the education that you need. Today you can take online courses or sit in on a class. Opportunities abound in corporate offices all across the country. For example Peirce College sends an instructor to a corporate facility to teach. You… Continue

Added by Dr. Stephen Jones on December 20, 2009 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Article About Walk for Africa

The Walk for Africa that freshmen at Salem High School and Huntington High School held in November was featured in a recent article from Click here to read the article.

After you read the article, try checking out… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on December 16, 2009 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Want to teach your students about life? Try these ideas...

For more great ideas for making classrooms and schools places of inspiration, visit Go Beyond the Content.

Our students are in need of life lessons. They need to learn content, but they also need help learning how to think, how to believe, and how to succeed. While many teachers agree with this, finding a way to work these sort of lessons into a classroom can be difficult. I have found that the Do Now/Bell…


Added by Scott Habeeb on December 14, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Reading at the high school level

Five years ago we noticed that our reading scores were remaining very poor. Our school is in a rural setting in Kentucky, and we decided to take action. We began to offer a reading literacy class for incoming freshmen who were reading below grade level. I taught the class for four years, and the first thing I noticed was that the kids all came in saying, "I hate to read. I don't want reading class. Change my schedule." The class had to begin being all about relationships. We learned about each… Continue

Added by Debbie B. Fowler on December 3, 2009 at 9:30am — 2 Comments


This post was originally posted on Assessment FOR Learning on December 2, 2009.

This post is excerpted from an article written by Stephen Chappuis and Richard Stiggins. It was originally published in Educational Leadership in 2002 and was then reprinted in the book, Assessment FOR Learning: An Action Guide for School Leaders.… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on December 2, 2009 at 8:02pm — No Comments

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