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$1 Billion

This is a quick post about some thoughts bouncing in my head…

  1. I’m not sure on the exact amount of money that our state spends on testing – what if that money went into teachers (pay raises or hiring new teachers)?  What kind of change would happen in our schools?
  2. If we let money follow the students no matter where they go to school (as some think should happen), does the cost of maintaining the current school building (the one the students left) also decrease?  Or does that cost remain constant?
  3. If we are going to let the money follow the student, is the school where the student lands responsible for jumping through all of the hoops?
  4. NCLB has had a long time to work, has it?  If not why?  If so, how do we know?
  5. If there is research that indicates that there is a better way, why is it ignored by policy creators?  Or is it?
  6. Is it ok that we are having such a hard time finding teachers? As a society are we ok with this?  Have we stuck our heads in the sand to avoid dealing with this critical situation?
  7. Why aren’t more teachers using Twitter to have real time conversations?  How can we get more teachers involved and contributing to Twitter?  How can we harness the power of social media to show off how amazing ALL of our schools are?
  8. As teachers – what can we do to get off of the “this is how I have always done it” ride?  What can we do to make our classrooms more vibrant and knock down the walls that contain us?
  9. Did you click into the blog because of the title?

About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant


One thought on “$1 Billion

  1. Great questions…I just saw a pic…on FB or Twitter…that showed JUST testing costs…not the hidden costs of teacher hours, test prep, etc. Will try to find it again.

    I would support a parent’s right to use HIS contribution to OK schools if she chooses to go to a private school, but NOT my contribution. Just hers. That would close down the argument for vouchers, I think, once we see how small our personal contribution is to education in our state.

    And I did click because of the title. Hoped you had an idea! 🙂

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    Posted by claudiaswisher | October 24, 2015, 10:24 am

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