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Pleasanton teachers learn new strategies at summer institute

Original post made on Aug 8, 2013

Teachers are headed back to school later this month armed with new tools.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 8, 2013, 7:40 AM

Comments (25)

Posted by AVHS Teacher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Beth Cutter, formerly a science teacher at Amador and now a VP for Granada HS in Livermore. Organized, set-up, and ran the Summer Institute...start to finish. Why? This type of learning is Great for our Student!


Posted by AVHS Teacher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Whops...Student(s).
Learning is not about perfection on the first attempt. Rather, working toward mastery.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm

"Wendi Sullivan teaches seventh-grade language arts"

+

"It's going to give me the tools I need to modify what I've done in the past as well as creating new ways of teaching."

=

We are doomed.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Keep up the good work teachers!


Posted by Ignoramus, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2013 at 8:56 am

Ignoramuses like Mike make teaching an almost unbearable profession. Especially in Pleasanton, where you have the uber-rich, anti public everything culture that treats teacher and other public employees like their servants. Mike - get off your butt and go volunteer in the classroom if you have a better idea. If not, don't bother us with your drivel!


Posted by john, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2013 at 9:19 am

Mike,

You really are knit picking. We aren't "doomed" if a teacher uses a non-parallel sentence structure in an interview.


Posted by Liz, a resident of Mohr Park
on Aug 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

I think it is wonderful that we have dedicated teachers who spend part of their summer improving their craft!


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Teaching is an art. It's is definitely the Art of Teaching!


Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Ignoramus,

Because I am paid to teach, I feel it is an ethical responsibility to know my field. Forgive me for feeling that others should know theirs.


Mike


Posted by Frieda, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Students in Mike's class write and speak in fear of making a grammatical or spelling mistake. Not a good learning environment. Mike's comment indicates why probably most part-timers are part-timers, always chafing about not being tenured or tenure-track. In academia, Mike, the cream rises to the top, the curmudgeonly lumps sink to the bottom.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 9, 2013 at 2:12 pm

John,

You do appreciate the irony of a language arts teacher doing so, don't you?

Mike


Posted by john, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

When speaking? No.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I find it waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay amusing when somebody other than Cholo is attacked by the lonely and unloved...truly, it tickles me...tee hee


Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm

John,

I take it, then, that you agree with the old adage about those who can't do.

Mike


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 10, 2013 at 10:28 am

there are lots of highly qualified excellent teachers all over the US...live with it...tee hee hee

if all some of you can do is whine about teachers, please consider going back to where your ancestors are buried...

i rest my case....


Posted by john, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm

No, I don't agree.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm

John,

I can see where some might argue mitigated responsibility based on predisposition.

Mike


Posted by john, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

"I can see where some might argue mitigated responsibility based on predisposition. "

What?


Posted by None of the Above , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2013 at 11:17 am

@Mike

Please. Spoken American English is filled with colloquialisms and idioms and it's even OK to (gasp!) end a sentence with a preposition. Get off your high(brow) horse.


Posted by John, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

None of the Above,

I agree; however, "It's going to give me the tools I need to modify what I've done in the past as well as creating new ways of teaching" is neither colloquial nor is it idiomatic. It's incorrect usage, as is, "Get off your high brow."

Mike


Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm

John,

(Whispering: "The teacher's first name. Get it?")

Mike


Posted by Guest, a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2013 at 8:58 am

Fantastic event for teachers. However, I'm curious why no one has been discussing (in a different thread), the possibility of Amador getting into some serious trouble for students that took pictures of the STAR test and posted them online. Amador, a school in SF, and I believe another one in Pittsburgh, have supposedly been flagged.

I know teachers do their best to make sure all goes smoothly during STAR testing week. Maybe collect every child's cell phone before start of the test??? Just a suggestion.


Posted by Po-Mo Joe, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Aug 12, 2013 at 10:42 am

Guest,

Where did you hear that Amador was flagged for STAR test cheating?


Posted by Guest, a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Po-Mo Joe, it's right on the state website, big red letters at the top of the page. First heard it on the news last week.


Posted by Bella, a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2013 at 12:08 am

Close Reading needs to read, Cloze Reading. Similar, so confusing.


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