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Paula White

grandma, teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), DEN STAR, Google Certified Teacher, camper, Gifted Resource Tchr, NETS*T certified, lover of learning
Paula White has written 75 posts for Cooperative Catalyst

Authentic Literacy

Time to Read and Write–and Discuss My fourth grade literacy group right now contains many kids I have not worked with a lot in the past, because our teachers differentiate well students’ levels in literacy. I work with a core group of kids 4 days a week and others who only come in for the … Continue reading

What Do Vanguards Have To Do With Hiring?

One of the reasons I love being part of the Cooperative Catalyst group is that you people always push my thinking.  You are vanguards of leading and learning in so many ways, and often in ways that are quite different from my experiences. That constant exposure to new thoughts, new ideas and new questions keeps … Continue reading

Oddness

With 18 days off for winter break (16 in the calendar and 2 snow days at the beginning) I have time to take for just me. .. and today is one of those. I’m spending today tweeting, blogging,  thinking, reading, looking through the books I have stacked up, basically learning and reflecting! I have a … Continue reading

Action Steps

I know @colonelB (David Britten) asked us to post our action steps the last week of 2010, but we began our winter break early this year with two snow days right at the beginning of it–so I spent those two days sleeping and rejuvenating and I’m now solidly in the “catch up all the thinking … Continue reading

Equity, Opportunity, and Real Learning

I was recently asked in an application  what my interest in K-12 STEM education was.  Here’s my response, along with an additional paragraph with some questions I am considering right now: I remember the fascination I had in high school when I took physics and chemistry. I remember watching and being absorbed in the first … Continue reading

Sessions, Conversations or Actions?

Yesterday @russgoerend tweeted:  So most conferences have Sessions. Some have Conversations. Who wants to lead some Actions? People all over are calling for actions behind the words that have been calling for action.   So will you share how you are acting out on your words?  Will you give the rest of us additional strategies … Continue reading

Blog 4 Real Education Reform – The Sequel

On November 22, and the few days leading up to it, I was crazy busy posting links to this site as people blogged about  reform for education. it was one of the most amazing things to watch as people just kept sharing and sharing their ideas for reform. So, now it’s time to move beyond … Continue reading

#Blog4Reform Media Links

Please add a link to your own post or to a favorite post that describes the Real Grassroots Education Reform that you believe America needs in the comments at this site. http://coopcatalyst.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/ideas/ Next, please share one or more links with politicians and America’s media and use #blog4reform. Our voices only matter if others hear us. … Continue reading

National Day of Blogging for Real Education Reform

November 22, 2010 has been declared the National Day of Blogging for Real Education Reform, promoted by AASA and ASCD. ASCD has gathered 10 articles, in advance of Monday’s Day of National Blogging, in The New Faces of Ed Reform that discuss reforming education with teachers as leaders and partners in meaningful, lasting change. I can’t wait to see … Continue reading

You Want Ideas? We Have Ideas!

The Day of National Blogging for Real Education Reform was an outstanding success in many ways, and it continues beyond November 22.  While this post was originally set up to archive the links, some organization quickly became necessary.  The links are now mostly alphabetical by title, but a few have been brought forward–the reflections on the … Continue reading

Another Challenge to ACT

Got up this morning to see a Twitter conversation between my Superintendent, Pam Moran, and a friend, Ann Leaness about setting up a flickr account to show pictures of everyone’s schools.  The idea was to  be able to look at the diversity of buildings around the world, gathered in one Flickr account. Cool idea, cool … Continue reading

What Do We Often Forget?

Recently I read Ben Grey‘s post on “maintaining” instead of “planting brilliance.”  I’m on a math listserv with some really smart Canadians and Josh Giesbrecht responded today, “I can think of a few good (and a few bad) reasons to grade a math journal.  Mostly it depends on how you’d answer this question: What are students demonstrating … Continue reading

Incidental Learning

I shared a lesson in Kindergarten on Sept. 17th which happened to be the 17th day of school for us. As I was walking down to the class, I realized that and that I taught Kindergarten for 17 years before moving on to other grade levels. Who cares about those 17s? Well, I do, because … Continue reading

Museums, Playgrounds or Something Else?

I guess I’m a really lucky–or blessed–educator.  I’ve been afforded a ton of great opportunities throughout my career, and those experiences have not only helped to shape my beliefs and actions, but more often than not, reinforced them. You see, I believe in children’s abilities to think for themselves, and to a certain extent to … Continue reading

Time to Explore Passions in School?

Our county has this time in school in many of our elementary schools called Mastery Extension time or Extended Learning Time–a 30-45 minute time period in EVERY class where Title 1 pullout may happen, sometimes gifted pullout happens, remedial pullout happens and the idea is for kids to get extra time on something they either … Continue reading

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