NEW Federal Employee Minimum Wage Increase – Obama Executive Order

NEW Federal Employee Minimum Wage Increase – Obama Executive Order

I think this is a great step forward. It will definitely be a test to what the future could be with a higher minimum wage. It may be a small portion of the population, but it is definitely a step forward. Hopefully states will continue the trends of increasing the minimum wage.


“40 Movies You Might (Regret) showing Your Kids” WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!

“40 Movies You Might (Regret) showing Your Kids” WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!

So, I ran into this article from the Huffington Post and I thought it would be interesting. IT HAD ALL THE MOVIES THAT I GREW UP ON!!!! The movies that they say that you “might regret showing your kids” are mostly Disney movies. All the movies that they listed were listed only because it had death in it. They don’t want their kids to see death, hurt, violence, and sexual innuendoes. GET OVER IT!!! Your kids will grow up sissies if they aren’t exposed to it. You can show your kids these movies, but at least watch them with them. That way if they ask you questions you can answer and explain to them what is happening. Kids need to be exposed to these things so that they understand it when they come across it in real life. 

This week in History – January 29-February 8

January 26

1837 – Michigan admitted as 26th U.S. state

1861 – Louisiana becomes 6th state to secede

1863 – Massachusetts Governor receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent (54th Massachusetts Regiment)

1905 – World’s largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found

1934 – Nazi Germany & Poland sign non-attack treaty for 10 years

1956 – 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

2006 – Western Union discontinues use of its telegram service.


January 27

1785 – University of Georgia is founded, the first public university in the United States

1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.

1967 – the united States, United Kingdom and Soviet Union sign the Outer space Treaty in Washington, D.C., banning deployment of nuclear weapons in space, and limiting use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes.


January 28


January 29

1595 – William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is presumed to have it’s first performance.

1613 – Galileo Observes Neptune but fails to recognize what he sees

1959 – Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” is released

1984 – Space Shuttle 41-B (STS-11) Challenger launched


January 30

1781 – Articles of Confederation ratified by the 13th state, Maryland

1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington DC in 1st attempted assassination of a US President

1862 – US Navy’s 1st ironclad warship (Monitor) launched

1933 – Adolf Hitler named German Chancellor, forms government with Von Papen

2003 – Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage


January 31

1865 – Gen Robert E. Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies

1990 – 1st McDonalds in Russia opens in Moscow, world’s biggest McDonalds


February 1

1327 – Edward III crowned King of England

1790 – US Supreme Court convenes for the first time

1793 – French Revolutionary Wars: France declares war on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands

1861 – Texas secedes from the U.S.

2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrates during reentry

2013 – The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, is opened to the public.

Connecticut Teacher Does Not Want Common Core; Weingarten Refuses to Validate the Sentiment

Everyone is obligated and allowed to have their own opinion. There are states that this will probably be better for than others. But honestly, you’re stuck in one grade level as the teacher. I just recently went through the NCLBA as a STUDENT. CCSS started my sophomore year of college as I am studying to be a teacher. But when I moved from New Mexico to Florida, the Florida curriculum was WAY ahead of mine from New Mexico. I was so far behind my classmates in certain subjects. With these new standards I feel like the students will be able to think more for themselves and have more life skills that parents aren’t teaching their children these days.

Also, the standards Florida had under NCLBA were so specific it didn’t leave teachers much leeway to what they can teach and how they can teach it in their classrooms. Now with the CCSS we have a more broad set of standards that we can manipulate to our own.

If I were you, stop complaining about something that you really have no control over. Embrace it and make it the best it can be for your students well-being. There are thousands of resources already out there for CCSS instruction. Use them to your advantage. Collaborate with co-workers and administrators on how to better instruction and make it fun for students. There are a ton of fun games that you can do with your students that are aligned with CCSS.


On January 17, 2014, veteran Connecticut teacher Elizabeth Natale wrote in the Courant about her disillusion with the pressures of corporate reform upon her West Hartford, middle-school classroom.

In her article, Natale makes it clear that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are part of that disillusion– not only the CCSS assessments– but CCSS itself:

When I started teaching, I learned that dealing with demanding college presidents and cantankerous newspaper editors was nothing. While those jobs allowed me time to drink tea and read the newspaper, teaching deprived me of an opportunity to use the restroom. And when I did, I was often the Pied Piper, followed by children intent on speaking with me through the bathroom door.

I loved it!

Unfortunately, government attempts to improve education are stripping the joy out of teaching and doing nothing to help children. The Common Core standards require teachers to march lockstep in…

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Are We Asking the Right Questions? Common Core Aligned Questions

I love what this assessment is doing. I always struggled with comprehension skills throughout grade school. Now students are required to actually use contextual evidence to answer questions and use critical thinking skills. And after being in college for 4 years I know these skills are critical in all college classes. I am honestly excited to start teaching in this new age of education.

The Teaching Factor

This school year I have been spending time studying the most recent New York State ELA assessment that was created to align with the Common Core.  Looking at the question stems for the multiple choice, short answer, and extended responses, it is obvious that the assessment is not asking basic comprehension questions. Rather, students are expected to read for understanding and answer questions related to vocabulary in context, inference, figurative language, and author’s purpose.

Questions like:

Which detail would be most important to include in a summary of . . .

The author uses the simile in the passage below to emphasize . . .

This passage is an example of what literary device?

What effect does this sentence provide the reader as the story develops?

Based on the passage, what is the meaning of the word . . .

Based on the passage, it can be inferred that …

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4 Day School Week

4 Day School Week

I actually support the way that the school districts in Colorado and Idaho did this reform.

In Colorado:
They took a day away from formal instruction on Fridays. 2 Fridays a month are professional development, 1 day is special tutoring for students that need the extra help, and the final friday is left for the teachers own discretion. Administrators, school board officials, and politicians believe that teachers should only need 1 class period to plan their day. A lot of teachers don’t even have that luxury. They continue their work after school and on the weekends but do not get extra pay for working more. Since teachers are not paid hourly and paid on salary and in most states based on performance, they do not get overtime pay.

I’ve known teachers who stay at their school preparing lessons and activities till 6, 7, or even 8pm. But having these set-aside days to have professional development, lesson planning time, and personal time to do what they need to as teachers I think will pay off in the end. As of right now in Colorado in their first year their reading scores increased by a few margins. Math scores stayed stagnant.

Internship II

So I am filling out my Internship II application. Going to go and try to get it signed today so I can get it done and over with.

I am trying to get this internship with the same school and same teacher. I loved being in her class and I loved the curriculum. I know it’s not going to be the same students but I hope I will see them come by so I can say “Hi!”.

The schools principal will be sending a letter to the main intern coordinator to request that I be placed in the classroom I want. Hopefully it works out.