Tell us about your learning experience

As with many pages here at, this is a page in progress. I am just starting this so I am not sure where I want this to go or where it is going to be taken with the input from others.

Web Links If you have a site you use in your classroom, please let me know at UDE.UAN|45HNK#UDE.UAN|45HNK.

Here is an example of a great teacher at work: TED Talk.

If you haven't read Diane Ravitch's book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, please do so and follow her on Twitter.

Summing up education: The Blueberry Story Jamie Vollmer has taken the blueberry story down. :( He has a new book out on his experiences with attempting to improve education. See his website [*] for information on his book Schools Cannot Do It Alone.

A must see of a website: U.S. education vs our global rivals education.

Vermont Teachers Proud of Their Work Survey.

Technology in the classroom.

Recent Educational Stories
Great blog at EDUTOPIA on Teaching Vocabulary by Rebecca Alber.
Along with this editorial on Teaching kids to learn the most from their mistakes by Julia Steiny. I like this one because I see more and more instances of where we are not showing our children WHAT they are doing wrong.
The 7 Fascinating Education Ideas of the Year
See what the New York Times says about the Race to No Where and visit the website at:

"What do Teachers Make"

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education.

He argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?"

He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teacher: "Those who can, do. Those who can't teach."

To emphasize his point he said to another guest, "You're a teacher Ned. Be honest. What do you make?"

Ned, who had a reputation for honesty ad frankness replied, "You want to know what I make?" (He paused for a second, then began…)

"Well, I make kids worker harder than they ever thought they could.

I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 without an I-Pod, Game Cube, or movie rental.

You want to know what I make?" (He paused again and looked at each and every person at the table.)

"I make kids wonder.

I make them question.

I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

I teach them to write and then I make them write. Keyboarding isn't everything.

I make them read, read, read.

I make them show all their work in math. They use their God-given brain, not the man-made calculator.

I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know in English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

I make my classroom a place wher all my students feel safe.

I make my students stand, placing their hand over their heart to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, One Nation Under God, because we live in the United States of America.

I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, word hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life."

(He paused on last time, then continued.)

"The, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant… You want to know what I make?

I MAKE A DIFFERENCE. What do you make, Mr. CEO?"

His jaw dropped, he went silent.

Vets in education: Troops to Teachers in Arizona.

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