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Photo by Yun Mi Park.
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Does An Ideal Classroom Or School Exist?

I believe it is possible to create an ideal school or classroom environment. There are ample examples in public and private schools throughout the US in which schools work tirelessly to shape their school culture to meet the needs of students and teachers, but I believe they come in different shapes and sizes.

Photo by Yun Mi Park.
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Attention Higher Ed: MOOCs Have A Message For You

Lately, the world of higher education has lost its collective mind over MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. Everyone from billionaires and Pulitzer Prize winners to university faculty and community college students have expressed strong opinions regarding the disruptive nature of MOOCs on the educational system for ill or for better.

Photo by Yun Mi Park.
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Brain Based Learning And Executive Function

I have taught many capable kids, sometimes dubbed attention deficit (ADD) based on their behavior, but unlike ADD kids, executive function is a description of proficiencies instead of a diagnosis. The curriculum turns mountainous when these children are required to make decisions on choosing a main idea from a reading passage, summarize text using their own words, or evaluate their own ideas and those of others.

Photo taken by Yun Mi Park at Barrow Elementary School.
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Educating Our Sons: A Call And Response For Charter Schools

I believe charter schools hold the key for a long standing issue that holds delicate complexities that have, in my opinion, become the Rubik’s Cube of American education, the civil rights issue of our time, the ever increasing achievement gap of African-American male students and … well, everybody else.

Photo by Yun Mi Park.
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A Drop Out State? Almost

The past decade of education reform in Georgia has done very little, if anything, for many students. In 2013, it is time for Georgia to resolve to step up, stop reforming and instead transform its Pre-K-12 education system to provide opportunity to all of Georgia’s children.

Practicum, Apprenticeship, Student Teaching
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Practicum, Apprenticeship, Student Teaching

Practicum, apprenticeship, student teaching. Whatever you call it, I’m about to embark on the scariest part of my education as a future teacher. So far, I’ve had the training wheels on. Now, they come off.

What’s Happened To Writing?
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What’s Happened To Writing?

A reporter helps grade high school English papers in Baton Rouge, and offers some observations about the status of Louisiana education in writing skills. What she found was not encouraging. Poor grammar, spelling and punctuation, and plagiarism was rife.

Photo by Yun Mi Park at Barrow Elementary in Athens, Georgia.
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Using VOKI With Writer’s Workshop

My first love is technology integration into any curriculum. I am always striving for ways to incorporate tech tools into assignments and projects. I have been pondering back and forth how to do this with writing. It always seemed much more seamless integrating social studies and science topics.