Links to websites on interesting educational issues
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Website_Name: Teacher Talk
Author: Leigh Anne Reeves
Time: 3:33:32 PM
The website is discussing problems that face teachers and how to deal with them.
"Teacher Talk addresses the interests and concerns of preservice teacers, who have many questions about teaching, student teaching, and classroom management. Through interviews with teachers and professors, as well as interaction from our readers,we will be able to discuss the exciting and innovative ideas in teaching."
--Lisa Balka, preservice teacher
Website_Name: 2 Interesting Websites on Ebonics
Author: Heather Young
Time: 3:39:47 PM
I found a couple of interesting and informative websites on the topic of Ebonics and I just wanted to share them with all of you. The first one is at http://www.scvleon.com/rioux/rr011297.htm. This is an article in which the author is clearly against using Black English in the schools. He explains his belief that children go through two different learning stages. He says that from birth to the teenage years, children learn better through listing and memorizing facts and that older kids are better at using reasoning and problem solving skills to learn. This brings him to his point that children should be taught the basic educational skills that they need to be successful in life, without the extra fads and trends, like Ebonics, that are just trying to be politically correct.
The second website, at http://www.englishfirst.org/ebonpro.htm, is an article in which the author is clearly supportive of Ebonics in schools. In "Nothing's Funny About Ebonics", the author states that studies show that black children who have been exposed to the Ebonics program have improved their ability to read and write standard English. I found this article very interesting because I always thought that teaching Ebonics in schools, meant that the teachers were teaching the kids how to speak Ebonics. But according to this article, what they are doing is using Ebonics in classes of mostly black children to show the structural differences between it and standard English. This article states that once the kids understand the differences and can distinguish technically between the two, he/she usually begins to "demonstrate a greater proficiency in standard English and to minimize their use of Ebonics." I really never thought of studying Ebonics as being a useful way to make students who speak Ebonics, more proficient in standard English. The article states that the Ebonics program in Oakland is already showing evidence of this in action.
Website_Name: What to Expect Your First Year of Teaching
Author: Pat Sine
Time: 11:35:12 AM
This online publication, created by Amy DePaul of the US Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, is dedicated to the first year teacher. The site manages to articulate the primary challenges and rewards of teaching in a clear and succinct way, using the words of the teachers themselves. New and Veteran teachers respond to issues ranging from professional isolation to differences in student ability to the unexpected exhilaration of this demanding career. In addition, educators offer tips of their trade, speak to ways that administrators could facilitate their work with students, and let universities and colleges know how teachers could be better prepared to enter the classroom. The document is also available in .pdf format.
Website_Name: The current issue of rethinking schools is dedicated to the
Author: Nate Schmolze
Time: 1:21:08 PM
"More and more schools are relying on standardized testing and "high-stakes" tests. But these tests are poor tools for achieving the high standards that testing advocates claim as their goal. A look at why testing alone isn't enough to improve education. "
Website_Name: Teachers' Net: the ESL/Language ChatBoard
Author: Emily Sweeney
Time: 12:24:54 PM
This site is a discussion board for teachers of English as a Second Language but will give a great resourse to those who may just have one ESL sudent and are not full time ESL teachers. This site includes lesson plans and a chat bored on which you may post questions and recieve answers. It offers mentors, specifics for grade levels and many other links ot ESL sites. All the information is at your finger tips and this site is widely used by praciticing professionals so you are sure to be getting up to date information, methods, lessons and advice.
Author: Pat Carter
Time: 9:58:26 PM
Website_Name: The History of Education Website
Author: Eugene Matusov
Time: 10:53:33 AM
International archive of links and source materials about the history of education & history of childhood.
Website_Name: Internet Use by Teachers
Author: Tony Whitson
Time: 5:34:45 PM
"INTERNET USE BY TEACHERS: Conditions of Professional Use & Teacher-Directed Student Use" is a report that answers questions such as...
* How often do teachers & students use the Internet & *how do they use it?
* How accessible is the Internet to teachers?
Time: 8:48:00 PM
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