Breaking News: Parent Opt-Out House Bill 50 On The Agenda For Full Senate Vote Tomorrow!!!

If jury duty is over early…. I am going!

The Exceptional Infinite

Delaware Senator David Sokola just emailed a constituent of Delaware that House Bill 50 will be placed on the agenda for tomorrow, Wednesday June 17th!  More details as they emerge.  It is not on the official  website as of yet, but once it is I will post it.  It looks like a lot of those last minute emails today may have helped!  Thank you to all who did so!

From: “Sokola, David (LegHall)” <>
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 5:28 PM
RE: HB 50

I apologize. I have placed the bill on the agenda for tomorrow. Dave.

The Delaware legislator website is not working for me.  Maybe we crashed the server!  No word yet on any proposed amendment by Sokola either, but I imagine if it is introduced he would do so at the time of the introduction of the bill for…

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Free E-Book about Teacher Who Refuses Test

Get a free book to add to your summer reading list!

I already read it!  It was good and fast, the perfect book!  I teared up a few times.  I think it gives a good inside look at how these tests effect students and teachers.  I also think the public will see a side of teachers that cannot be shared in the classroom or to the public.  A great read a free today ONLY!

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You can download this e-book today. It is free today only. It was written by a Florida teacher using a pseudonym.

“This book is a way for me to come to some sense of understanding with the testing culture. I think parents, teachers, and students will relate to the experience of the characters in the book. It fully depicts the scenario of an opt out student and I wrote it geared to young adults (6th to 12th grade).

“Synopsis: In the story, a favorite teacher, Ms. Sandy, gets fed up during a state test and walks out of her classroom and career forever. The readers follow along with the students and fellow teachers as they try to make sense of Ms. Sandy’s actions, and as they discover her secret: she is a badass teacher with a ton of important information about testing. In the end, the community comes together to…

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Our Children are Creative by Nature

Art class anyone?  And to think, last year I was told my free choice; building 3d sculptures with dominoes, completing puzzles, free drawing and other activities were “meaningless” in my elementary art classroom because these activities was not assessed. 

Creative by Nature

179438_573519639346536_934910261_nChildren have a natural curiosity and creativity- and express it freely when young. They are able to learn new things rapidly, becoming proficient at communicating in their native language in their first five years.

For a child the way of learning seems more akin to play then study. They are able to master many things on their own, supported and guided by adults but also highly self directed.

Then formal schooling begins, and we put our children into classrooms. One adult is given the task of teaching a wide range of subjects. There is a lot of information they are asked to remember, often with little explanation about how these various subjects fit together.

For too many children, this new way of learning seems duller, abstract, rigid and very confusing. The world that up until then had been experienced as a whole starts to look more fractured and compartmentalized…

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