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Trick or treat? Teachers and professional development at the haunted schoolhouse of horrors

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens My sisters and I used to trick or treat, collecting our candy in sleeping bags. A successful Halloween night ended with tired legs and a mound of sugary confections to sort through. A good bounty included quality stuff like full-sized candy bars and hand-fulls of Sweetarts. Pennies, candy corn, tootsie rolls, and […]

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The decline of the culture of teaching: Part II

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Call me crazy, but I have long enjoyed reading the writing of students.   Every now and then someone puts together a nifty sentence, paragraph or paper, and I still get a rush of excitement at his or her accomplishment.  I also enjoy watching someone’s work improve over time. I always have offered […]

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Pathfinder’s Progress

By Zoe B. Corwin

As the 2010/2011 school year unfolds, CHEPA’s Pathfinder project continues to evolve. In exciting news, the design team from USC’s Game Innovation Lab has just released the initial digital storyboards for the Facebook Application of the game.  After playtesting the card game with over 300 students and practitioners, seeing the digital mock-up for the first time was […]

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Thursday is TechDay: Which Web Browser Do You Wear?

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles Choosing a web browser is like buying a pair of shoes. You’re going to do a lot of walking, but you may have different priorities for what you like to wear on your feet than other people. Some of us are no-nonsense, and want plain comfort over style. Others of us like […]

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The decline of the culture of teaching: Part I

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney I have been fortunate to have had excellent teachers throughout my entire education.  I was thinking recently how many of those teachers taught me lessons outside of class.  Mr. Taylor was my American history teacher in high school and I worked for him in the summers (two bucks an hour!) doing odd […]

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The problem with education jargon

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Language is a contradiction. It both liberates and constrains. Consider a toddler learning English. Her understanding of and command over the world expands as she learns words like food, mom, and dog. Similarly, an art student’s perception of space changes as he learns about concepts such as line and plane. But, language […]

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On Driving Lessons and Hamlet’s Blackberry

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney One of the students I mentor asked me over the summer to teach him how to drive.  Now anyone who has seen me drive will find the request odd, not unlike someone asking George Bush for grammar lessons, but I accepted my mentee’s request. Before I started the lesson I asked my […]

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Blog by Numbers: Dropout Rates

By Stefani Relles

This August, we decided to let the numbers blog/speak for themselves on certain Thursdays and Fridays. Tables and charts can be very useful; they also can deceive or be contradictory depending upon how the information is presented. Today’s tables demonstrate dropout rates in Los Angeles and in the State.  Note how different the rates are.  The […]

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Thursday is TechDay: Ode to Battery Life

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles Today’s tech users want mobility (laptop computers have been outselling desktop PCs since 2006). But laptops need power and the electrical outlets in classrooms, conference rooms and coffee shops are often outnumbered by computer users. Even if the outlet’s free, what if the cord doesn’t reach? Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to a […]

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Running Barefoot and On-line Learning

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney One of the more pleasurable books I have read over the last few months is Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. The book is a non-fiction story about a race that takes place in the wilds of Mexico among primarily barefoot […]

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