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Apathy – Does Your Prof Care More than You Do? Will Your Boss?

Ellen Bremen has written a powerful indictment of the entitlement culture rampant among youth.  As a high school teacher, I see this same apathy every day and the nanny state of our educational system won’t allow us to truly hold these students accountable for their lack of work ethic.  A student’s failure to read or submit assignments, engage in discussion or, often, even hold up his head in class is scapegoated to the teacher who is then indirectly pressured into inflating passing rates for fear of having to explain high failure rates.

When I was a student, cheaters received zeros and that was the end of the story. A colleague of mine is faced with the dilemma of having caught a cheater and being required to give the kid another chance to take the test and replace the zero. While I agree with the concept of content mastery, this student has forfeited the opportunity in this instance and should receive a zero and demonstrate mastery on an additional test rather than a replacement test.

Most often, the head of this hydra are the parents who insists a child has been unfairly treated or disadvantaged in some way. No longer is a teacher’s word trusted. I spend nearly as much time documenting poor and apathetic behavior for future reference as I do preparing lessons.

Does Your Prof Care More than You Do? Will Your Boss?.

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Using Dropbox in the Classroom

Dropbox: A Superb Classroom Tool

Posted by  on Aug 10, 2012 in The How of 21st Century TeachingVoices,Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 29 comments

When I mention Dropbox to friends and colleagues, I usually get one of two responses – a knowing smile and nod, or a puzzled and quizzical look. Whether you know what the program is, you have likely heard the name. But really, what is Dropbox?

Dropbox is many things — a multifaceted tool that’s so powerful, you’ll continue to discover new ways to use it. But the short and sweet of it is this: you can use it to store and sync documents…keep reading.

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5 Ways You (yes YOU!) Should Be Integrating Digital Citizenship Into Your Classes – via ASCD EDge

ASCD offers five great ways to teach digital citizenship by integrating it with your curriculum and day-to-day classroom operations. It’s not going away, folks, so we need to teach them how to use it properly.

via 5 Ways You (yes YOU!) Should Be Integrating Digital Citizenship Into Your Classes – New York, NY, United States, ASCD EDge Blog post – A Professional Networking Community for Educators.

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What Teachers Make – Taylor Mali