Posts tagged with obama

Being Right vs. Being Relevant….

November11

As I’ve said before, the saying goes that California is like the rest of the country, only sooner. The GOP in the Golden State has only remained politically relevant because of the¬†bizarre¬†requirement for a two-thirds majority to pass state budgets. Now they may have even lost that perk. I’ll share a couple of observations from [...]

Food for thought about the 2012 Election

April28

Many educators are not happy with President Obama, most especially his education policy, and Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan. The conventional wisdom is they will be “triangulating” (moving to the center) for the 2012 re-election campaign. Daily Kos has a piece analyzing the numbers, and arguing that he would do better to shore up his [...]

Robbing Peter to pay Paul is not a sustainable education funding policy

September9

This post was submitted as a response to Teachers’ Letters to Obama: It’s the depths of the Depression, and participants in a dance marathon are pitted against each other in a desperate race for prize money that is eventually revealed to be largely illusional. On realizing the hopelessness of both the contest, and her life, [...]

The problem with RttT and Its Ilk…

May2

I’ll warn you that this post does reflect some bitterness on my part. While my own situation is settling, I can’t help but realize most of the madness I’ve lived through in just the last two months –I really can’t believe it’s only been two, it feels like ages since this mess started– came about [...]

Reflecting on the Bush II Years

January21

It’s time for me to reflect on the, thankfully, outgoing administration. If you don’t like my politics post, I’d suggest skipping this one. My favorite (unintentional) visual commentary on NCLB: NCinDC’s Photostream on Flickr My favorite commentary on the Iraq War based on spin from the same folks that brought us the “Texas Miracle“: The [...]

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Howdy! I teach sixth grade at an elementary school in Sacramento, CA. I started my career in Oakland, Ca, and moved here to Sacramento in 2001.

My goals are:

  1. To reflect on how I am teaching, and how effective my practices are;
  2. To reflect on my profession, and how effective various practices are;
  3. To understand the political and cultural context that we teach in; and,
  4. To network with other like-minded educators.

To help me reach my goals, I use this blog as a place for me to reflect on best practices, and the practices I’m (trying to) putting in place in my classroom.

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