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By: Linda Aragoni | February 24, 2017

Since I came across this image in a tweet, I've been trying to decide whether or not I agree with the quote, "No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship." https://twitter.com/teachergoals/status/833703005652447236 I agree with the @teachergoals that relationships must be encouraged and maintained. I suspect the intent of the quote is to encourage teachers to interact with their students as people instead of as rectangles on a seating chart, which is a worthwhile aim. What I'm not so sure about is the meaning of a "significant relationship" in the educational context.  (I'm sure, however, it's not the meaning we occasionally hear about on TV newscasts, in which one of the parties wears a bri...

By: Linda Aragoni | February 11, 2016

Since my local school district has been looking for a new superintendent, I've been doing some reading and thinking about the process.  In the last few weeks, I've written several posts¹ about various facets of the process, with particular emphasis on its public relations aspects. I deliberately avoided discussing the role of students in the process for two reasons. First, although students are certainly impacted by the work of a superintendent, they typically don't know much about what the superintendent does or how she does it. Second, students probably have even less information about the laws governing hiring than adults, who typically have little. Those two considerations render students' input into selecting the best candidat...

By: Linda Aragoni | February 08, 2014

Efforts underway locally to begin a youth center have prodded me into thinking again about how teens become adults. Cover of Escaping the Endless AdolescenceTurning its youth into adults is vital for this rural area, since the majority of students who go off to college never return. Unless the teens who stay here after high school become productive members of the community, the brain drain will kill it. In Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before they Grow Old,  Joseph and Claudia Allen  discuss how parental and societal desire to shield children from responsibilities of adult life have backfired.  Instead of helping teens, we've turned them into wimps who can't fill out a job application without asking Mom what to write. We'v...

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By: Linda Aragoni | December 29, 2013

Discussing the local school system, a business owner said, "I know the teachers care about the kids. I just wonder if they actually know their content." I wondered the same thing when I read an article in the school district newsletter about a newly created school course for juniors and seniors, Business Manufacturing Technology. When I was informed by a reliable source that other schools are considering using the same course, I freaked out.

Do Teachers Know Enough About MT to Teach It?

Manufacturing technology combines skills from engineering, economics, accounting, marketing, and psychology to  reduce costs, increase efficiency, enhance reliability, or to incorporate safety and anti-pollution measures in manufacturing. It...

By: Linda Aragoni | April 01, 2012

Caution sign In education circles, it's fashionable to blog about learning from one's students. Not to be left out—and because it's April 1 when a certain amount of foolishness is acceptable—I will share insights my college students have generously shared with me. One student told me that "a bird in the hand is worth two of George Bush." That's an insight you can take to the voting booth. Another student cautioned me not to "burn my bridges at both ends." Even burning them at one end could be a serious let down. A third student said his wife ended up in the emergency room "every time she eats pees." I am now very careful to avoid consuming pees. And one student shared a piece of autobiography that explained something ...

By: Linda Aragoni | March 12, 2012

Boy washing a car Being asked for donations to school groups has been a part of being in business ever since there have been public schools. Lately, however, I've noticed that the requests for donations aren't coming from teens, but from their teachers on their behalf. I'm sure the teachers mean well. They probably think Josh and Caitlin are too busy with band and sports and their college applications to get out and ask for donations themselves. I wonder, however,  if those good intentions are good for adolescent development.

Do Josh and Caitlin learn how to set priorities and manage their time when the teacher seeks donations on their behalf because they too busy?

Do Josh and Caitlin learn how to advocate for themselves when the teacher makes all t...

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By: Linda Aragoni | January 26, 2012

A junior high student's refusal to accept bullying has rippled through her school. Auburn Junior High School has made LizzyDickson's "Stop the Bull" campaign a schools-sponsored organization, with a school advisor and support from the administration. The school's resource officer has created a Facebook page where students who are bullied can send him messages directly. The school is also designating a Bully Locker where students can leave notes anonymously for the school resource officer.

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