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Arts Integrated Learning – The Chicago School Reviews

Arts Integrated Learning     Arts integrated learning is defined as an approach to education that     employs the use of the fine arts, both visual and performing, as a     primary path to education in main subjects, such as science,     English, and mathematics – and, in turn, uses these subjects to     enhance learning […]

Straight Out of College and Into the Classroom: How Inexperienced Teachers Are Affecting Education

Straight Out of College and Into the Classroom: How Inexperienced     Teachers Are Affecting Education     Education reform is sweeping the nation and with it comes Teach For     America and similar teaching corps and fellowships, such as Chicago     Teaching Fellows, NYC Teaching Fellows, and Teach NOLA. The purpose     of these programs is […]

Getting In: Charter School Lottery Anxiety

Getting In: Charter School Lottery Anxiety     Charter schools have been sweeping the United States as the proposed     solution to our failing education system. The past five years have     seen countless charter schools popping up and promising a brighter     future for children of all ages who attend. First, however, these     kids […]

For Young Children, Play at School is as Important as Work

For Young Children, Play at School is as Important as Work     Education has seen a resurgence of factual overload and English and     math drills, even for young children. As the charter movement takes     the United States by storm, many young people, some as young as 6 or     7 years old, are […]

The Charter School Craze: What the Movement Means for Public Education

The Charter School Craze: What the Movement Means for Public  Education     We all know that the United States public education system is not     doing well. Schools are closing left and right and last September,     the Chicago Teachers Union held its first strike in a quarter of a     century. The Teachers Union […]

Does Blended Learning Really Work?

Does Blended Learning Really Work?     If you have never heard of “blended learning,” it might surprise     you that this fancy-sounding name is little more than another way to     refer to online or computer-based education programs. The past 15     years have shown more and more reliance on computers and technology     as […]

Bullying: A Whole School Problem

With the number of bullying-related documentaries and case studies     that are sweeping the nation, it is no surprise that schools are     working hard to step up their game to wipe out bullying. But for     such a widespread issue, is it really that easy? Many approaches     have, up until recently, focused on […]

Responses to RTI – The Chicago School Reviews

Responses to RTI Author Sam Carter of TheChicagoSchoolReviews.com & ChicagoSchoolReviews.com It is no secret or surprise that many students struggle with the standard curriculum at any school. While this does not necessarily indicate a specific learning disability, it does mean that students who struggle need extra support. A form of support that has taken off over the […]

The Meaning of “High Stakes” in Standardized Testing

The Meaning of “High Stakes” in Standardized Testing Author Sam Carter of TheChicagoSchoolReviews.com & ChicagoSchoolReviews.com In both lower and upper school, the phrase “high stakes” means exactly what it sounds like: exams that have enormous consequences for the test takers. In the years following the passing of No Child Left Behind, high stakes testing became the legal […]

Early Childhood Education Budget Cuts – The Chicago School Reviews

Early Childhood Education Budget Cuts Author Sam Carter of TheChicagoSchoolReviews.com & ChicagoSchoolReviews.com When President Obama came into office, prospects for education looked promising. The President spoke of a vested interest in public education and, according to a recent NPR interview, particularly in early childhood education. However, the past two years have seen enormous drops in […]

Assessment: Towards a New Frontier

Author: Katherine Vazquez Assessment is a monumental part of any classroom, and it must be done accurately and frequently. Knowledge acquired, especially in the field of literacy, can often be quite difficult to gauge. That is why some of the greatest tools in a teacher’s arsenal, at least when it comes to assessment, are rubrics. […]

The Role of the Pedagogue in Technology Integration

The Role of the Pedagogue in Technology Integration Author Katherine Vazquez Electronic learning is revolutionizing both how students learn and how teachers teach. Teachers must strive to accommodate students who love to use platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and for whom “texting” has nothing to do with text books.  Although modern educational infrastructures support […]