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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

A Student Voice: Emma

The following is a guest post by Emma Gore, a rising 9th grader. She’d like to add her voice to the chorus of folks wanting to save our schools from the mediocrity of centering on standardized testing rather than a real education. Please respond. Feels like a Disney Movie When I was four, I was … Continue reading

Blog For the Save Our Schools March #bloggermarch

Will you?  http://www.saveourschoolsmarch.org/ This is from the official site: Save Our Schools March & National Call to Action! July 28-31, 2011 in Washington, D.C. and around the country We’re putting the Public back in public schools! We, a collection of people from all walks of life and every corner of this nation, embody a mixture … Continue reading

Instructional Design

As many of you know I have been involved in a pilot project with the University of Virginia to support Digital Fabrication  in schools and kids thinking and working with software and tools that allow them to “ make to learn.” This creative work supports students as they think spatially, looking for connections and patterns and solving problems. … Continue reading

We Need Student Voices

Could each of us on the Co-op commit to finding a student voice to add to our group? I was sitting round a campfire last night with some kids who were complaining about not getting to talk about substantive issues in school, and I kept asking them when they were going to make a difference … Continue reading

Context and Leadership

Someone on the Co-op (and I apologize that I don’t remember who) wrote in a post a while back–a long while back–that “Teachers operate within a context they do not control. Absent the appropriate context and support, we often do not truly know how good those teachers are, or can be.” I’ve been thinking a … Continue reading

Lost….and Found…thanks to blogs and tweets and being connected

I have been struggling since at least January about blogging and being part of the Twitterverse and being online. You see, I was viciously and hatefully attacked online in January by someone whom I had exchanged many, many pleasantries with and whom I considered a twitter friend.  I experienced that thing called cyberbullying we all … Continue reading

what else can I say?

I simply love the co-op–and am so glad to be a part of such an incredible group of thinkers. Thank you all for challenging my thinking in so many ways as you share pieces and parts of your life, your soul and your heart!

Beyond the Assessment Institute…

I do think words matter. (See a previous post here.) I think how we define words matter and it’s important to have common definitions, language and belief systems when working together and sharing kids. Joe Bower ended his post today with a quote from Socrates about the beginning of wisdom and defined, “…assessment as a process where … Continue reading

First Year Reflection: A Year in the Life. . .

Over a year ago, I saw Chad Sansing, a colleague in my school system, tweet something like “my blogging goal is to be as prolific as @Aaron_Eyler.” Not knowing Aaron then, I found him and started following him…and good gosh, I thought–why would anyone want to be as prolific as he was? He blogged every … Continue reading

Thinking Games…or Just Thinking

In a post I wrote about this time last year, I described a part of our day that we planned to have this year, and hoped it would be time to explore passions in school. While my dream for this time hasn’t quite come to pass, it has settled into a somewhat reasonable routine for … Continue reading

I Want To Be Heard (Blog4NWP)

Our guest blogger today is Nicolas Gutkowski, a 12 year old middle school student in Albemarle County, VA.  Nicolas is a pretty amazing young man, who discovered his voice was powerful last year when he began blogging and built a wiki. Nicolas presented in the fall of 2010 at the K12online conference, a talk called … Continue reading

False Limits

This title comes from the title of Seth Godin’s blog for today. I have his blog pushed into my email box (along with some others) because I don’t want to miss it. There are several reasons for that— It’s short and I can read it on the fly. While he writes it about “marketing, respect … Continue reading

That’s What Writers Do!

We are honored to have Michele Simonetty from Dover Middle School in Dover Plains, NY guest post with us today!   My school, Dover Middle School (Dover Union Free School District), has had a partnership with the Hudson Valley Writing Project (HVWP) for a few years now.  I had received some Professional Development, but I had been a part-time participant … Continue reading

Voice Matters-Just Ask My Kindergarteners #blog4nwp

Becoming a teacher isn’t as simple as going to college and taking the right courses. It isn’t as easy as standing up in front of a group of learners and saying the right things. It isn’t enough to know your subject and be passionate about it. Becoming a teacher–one who make a difference in children’s … Continue reading

We Need a Henry Petroski…

…who, by the way, is an American engineer specializing in failure analysis.  Failure analysis is the process of collecting and analyzing data to determine the cause of a failure. Don’t we need that?  Don’t we need someone else to tell us why we are failing in schools?? Couldn’t a failure analysis keep us from repeating the failure of … Continue reading

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