Monthly subscriptions for everything. Yep, that’s where we’re headed. I am hearing more and more frequently from students and parents their confusion over buying or renting Microsoft Office and other programs. We can only be thankful that the software makers took so long to figure this out. We had it good with software, just buy disk, load … Continue reading What? I have to pay every month for a computer program…?
Cheating at Harvard? Say it ain’t so! Uhm… just ask the IRS about cheaters… never mind, let’s not go there. But cheating in school? Half the incoming Harvard freshmen admitted to cheating, and last year the school expelled 70 students for academic dishonesty. Many of those students claim that they “collaborated” in preparation for an … Continue reading Cheating, Plagiarizing & Learning
So what is a parent supposed to do? You get in their face too much, and it’s “Back off!” You back off, and they do everything but what you want ’em to do. There’s no better way to go crazy than to be a parent. I know, I’ve gone crazy twice. Well, make that three times, since … Continue reading Parents, helicopters & angry kids: how to successfully manage a teen’s academic struggles
“Why’s that teacher do that?” Ever had a teacher that makes no sense? Ever not understood why the grade was what it was? Ever wanted to just given up on it? As a teacher, every day I wrote up my lesson plans starting with two reminders: 1) Never Assume Prior Knowledge (PK)! 2) Learning = Relevancy! … Continue reading Prior Knowlege (PK), relevancy & teacher expectations
Rick Hess kindly invited me back to step in during his vacation last week to rant and rave about education on his national blog at Education Week.Two years ago I got in trouble with some of Rick’s readers for suggesting that some teachers are overpaid. A shocking idea that, it seems, but my point was … Continue reading Sitting in on the “Straight Talk” blog
I thought I’d call it “Email Hell”… … but, honestly, a few email issues don’t eternal damnation make. If so, then I need to rethink vice. Anyway, Purgatory is more like what a lot of us experience with email: things kinda happen outside of our control that, while not horrible, annoy and get in the … Continue reading Email Purgatory
Is it really possible to improve your SAT or ACT scores? If you’re like me and you spent good money on SAT prep classes for your child and you came away unsure about whether or not it was a good thing, know this: any preparation and practice for the SAT or ACT tests is a good … Continue reading SAT Time!
We like to think that our kids are technologically proficient. They love new things, they love using the latest thing, and so on. Really? Not in my experience as a teacher. There’s always a kid or two who really knows and loves technology, who might be labeled a “geek” even. If that label ever applies … Continue reading Tech proficiency: got yours?
Another broken or stolen laptop? Are you sure about that? Are you going to be that one who calls home begging for another computer because your laptop was stolen or it dropped out of your backpack. Mom may lose patience with that one after having forked over $2k for the MacBook Air. Besides, do you … Continue reading College bound: desktop, laptop or tablet? PC or Mac?
A Furor but in whose interest? A blog of mine provoked a bit of a furor two summers ago when I sat in as guest-blogger Rick Hess’ “Straight Up” blog on Education Week: Teacher Pay (Aug 3, 2011) Huffington Post ran with this title: Michael Bromley, Washington, D.C. Teacher: Teachers Are Overpaid and on the two or three … Continue reading What about the students?