He's got the big apparel Printable Coupons. Now he just needs to find a team.
According to a report from ESPN, former Heisman winner and likely first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel has signed a multiyear endorsement deal with Nike. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is reportedly the largest contract signed of any member of the rookie class.
Manziel's team negotiating the deal included LeBron James' business manager, Maverick Carter, and Fenway Sports Group.
Adidas, Under Armour and New Balance's Warrior brand all submitted bids for Manziel's marketing rights.
The former Texas A&M quarterback had an impressive combine, especially in the 40, but it's not clear just where he'll fall in the draft yet. For now, at least, he's got some money.(Thanks to ESPN for sharing.)
The posting is a little shy on real details about how Renaissance Learning will provide daily data. Right now I am concerned that they have data from the schools they serve. I wonder what data they collect? Do they know which kids have read a certain book and how they scored on the quiz? I know they use their data to proudly proclaim each year that they know which books are most popular for each grade level (a claim that is, at best, not quite accurate and, at worst, a downright lie). They market their annual report to various media outlets who then, without any sort of research, publish it as being an accurate portrayal of what books kids DO read (without ever mentioning that kids might actually read something outside of the books they read for points or that there are schools where AR is not being implemented and dictated).
I am concerned more and more with this data mining. My chief concern is that we are reducing kids to numbers. It is bad enough that I am often reduced to numbers, but taking a child and replacing the real information with scores and points and other descriptors that fail to tell me much about the REAL WHOLE person? How is this allowed under FERPA? How is it permitted by those in education who care about kids? How have paren5ts somehow lost control of the data mining? I know more about a kid after talking to her about her favorite books and authors than any set of numbers can tell me. I know more about a kid after discussing his latest read than points could ever reveal.
I know something else, too. I know research says that posting charts that show the number of books someone has read makes kids never want to read another book again. Imagine what seeing the data walls makes a kid think? I know what it would make me think and feel.
Here is the sentence that sends chills up my spine: "The company today owns one of the largest anonymized data sets on learning progress. Using this kind of data, teachers can then create personalized learning plans for each student or class." Personalized learning plans based on data (they mention Student Growth Percentile, SGP, as one factor they are investigating)? How does this work? I suspect it will be just another APP we can download onto the 1:1 computer tablets that will mean teachers simply have to press some keys and VOILA! their students' plans are done. This rather mechanized view of learning seems dystopic to me. Anyone else? Bueller?
reductio ad absurdum
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- Current Mood:puzzled
How glad I am!
I looked for you before.
Put down your hat-
You must have walked-
How out of breath you are!
Dear March, how are you?
And the rest?
Did you leave Nature well?
Oh, March, come right upstairs with me,
I have so much to tell!
I got your letter, and the bird's;
The maples never knew
That you were coming,-I declare,
How red their faces grew!
But, March, forgive me-
And all those hills
You left for me to hue;
There was no purple suitable,
You took it all with you.
Who knocks? That April!
Lock the door!
I will not be pursued!
He stayed away a year, to call
When I am occupied.
But trifles look so trivial
As soon as you have come,
That blame is just as dear as praise
And praise as mere as blame.
- Emily Dickinson
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- Current Mood: optimistic
- Current Music:Almost Human score music
1. I had such a fun visit yesterday at Sea Road School in Kennebunk, Maine. One of the classes even gave me this cute duckie with their own rules written on it.
Here are a few:
Homework before games. -Abby
Don't put girly stickers on your brother's door. -Morgan
If you make a mess, clean it up. -Lucy
If someone does something for you, say thank you! -Hope
2. It is so nice to see the sun out! I've been seeing robins and lines of geese flying north. I'm hoping they know something the weatherman doesn't!
3. One of my favorite booksellers reviewed Half A Chance. Kenny at DDG Booksellers in Farmington, Maine, said:
"Sitting down to read and review Cynthia Lord's third novel, Half a Chance, I was well aware that I had developed a strong personal bias in the author's favor from having worked closely with her on various book related enterprises. In order to counterbalance this bias I resolved to be virulently negative and unfair toward the book."
4. I got my first email from a kid about Half a Chance this morning. She said, "I JUST CANT EVEN TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE THAT BOOK!" It made my morning. :)
5. I'm tired of snowbanks and ice. Today I have to go back to work on my novel that is set in the summertime. So I'm going to look at this photo until I feel it!
- Current Mood: hopeful
Where does electricity come from? Help K-5 students answer this essential question (and meet the Common Core State Standards) with the Teaching STEM lesson plans for this mentor text: Wired by Anastasia Suen (ATOS 5.1 / 820L)
Unit Summary: Students will examine the essential question, “Where does electricity come from?” As you read the book, the students will identify and write the main idea for each spread. They will look up generators and read about them. Using the library resources and online materials, they will create a diagram of a generator and label it. Finally, students will design a flow chart leading from the generator diagram of where electricity goes when it leaves the generator and they’ll use their collected information to write about the entire process.
Extension Activities (sample)
1. Explore other ways electricity is generated. Consider hydropower, solar power, tidal power, and wind power.
2. Bring in a guest speaker from the local power company.
3. After reading the book, have the students write a short description of the main idea of the book. Use the phrase, “I am a technology specialist. I know that _________.”
It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
You can find more Teaching STEM lesson plans on the Teaching STEM blog.
Copyright © 2014 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.
There are still folks who believe that I have it made because I teach at a university, AND i teach online. And I do post from time to time that I am working in my jammies, so perhaps I am contributing to this misunderstanding. I did work this Saturday (weekend) in jammies. I began with grading at 6 am, moved on to some audiobook judging until it was time to draft a column due next month. I logged off the computer about 9 pm. I was back online Sunday after church (weekend) for several hours. I work weekends, week nights, holidays, vacations, and summers.
I teach summers. I teach mini-sessions. I write. I serve on committees. I volunteer. Hello, my name is Teri, and I have a hard time saying no.
Nel points out beautifully how we come to get so busy. Habit is a big part of it. We develop the habit when we come to the university and work for tenure and promotion. By then, it has become so ingrained that we are still hard at work when we might take a deep breath. Technology connects me to work constantly. There are days that this is not as useful as others. Folks know how to find me. They can text, tweet, email, call. I am seldom out of range. This is a curse when I am on vacation but a blessing when I really need to be in touch with someone.
It is about blurred boundaries, as Nel suggests, too. My work like and my personal life are one when it comes to books. And I guess this is why I remain as crazily committed as I do: I love my job. It is often fun, generally enlightening, and so very satisfying. I look forward to texts from my "community." I do not think a day goes by without some contact. Back in the days before technology, I might have to go days, weeks, months without this manner of contact, this chance to talk, this opportunity to discuss the events of the day. We celebrate, we empathize, we commiserate.
I do think more carefully about time now that time seems so much more precious. I do take time off. I do move away from the computer. I do escape. But I also do miss the engagement, the community, the connection. If only time could be captured and saved up. If only.
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- Current Mood:reflective
Lost Girl Found
by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca (Authors)
Booktalk: Poni’s life in her small village in southern Sudan is simple and complicated at the same time. But then the war comes and there is only one thing for Poni to do. Run. Run for her life. Driven by the sheer will to survive and the hope that she can somehow make it to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, Poni sets out on a long, dusty trek across the east African countryside with thousands of refugees.
Snippet: I have accepted the fact the no one is coming to save me or offer me a ride. I keep walking on my tattered feet toward Kakuma. This place is no longer real. Only a word, a hope.
Copyright © 2014 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.
I like disciplines (cf. my half-marathon training going on now), but I also like where my life is now generally and don't feel a call to give anything up. Thus I'm going to adapt the House for All Sinners and Saints' 2012 Lenten Calendar for my own instead. Sharing my adapted version here (with dates for 2014) in case it interests you too:
March 5: Pray for your enemies
March 6: Buy a few $5 fast food gift cards to give to homeless people you encounter
March 7: Internet diet
March 8: Give $20 to a non-profit of your choosing
March 10: Take 5 minutes of silence at noon
March 11: Look out the window until you find something of beauty you had not noticed before
March 12: Give 5 items of clothing to Goodwill
March 13: No bitching day
March 14: Do someone else’s chore
March 15: Buy a few $5 fast food gift cards to give to homeless people you encounter
March 17: Call an old friend
March 18: Pray the Paper (pray for people and situations in today’s news)
March 19: Read Psalm 139 http://bible.oremus.org
March 20: Pay a few sincere compliments
March 21: Bring your own mug
March 22: Educate yourself about human trafficking www.praxus.org
March 24: Forgive someone
March 25: Internet diet
March 26: No sugar day – where else is there sweetness in your life?
March 27: Check out morning and evening prayer at http://dailyoffice.wordpress.com
March 28: Ask for help
March 29: Tell someone what you are grateful for
March 31: Introduce yourself to a neighbor
April 1: Read Psalm 121 http://bible.oremus.org
April 2: Bake a cake
April 3: No shopping day
April 4: Light a virtual candle http://rejesus.co.uk/spirituality/post_p
April 5: Light an actual candle
April 7: Write a thank you note to your favorite teacher
April 8: No shopping day
April 9: Use Freecycle www.freecycle.org
April 10: Donate art supplies to your local elementary school
April 11: Read John 8:1-11 http://bible.oremus.org
April 12: Worship at a friend’s mosque, synogogue or church and look for the beauty
April 14: Confess a secret
April 15: No sugar day – where else is there sweetness in your life?
April 16: Give $20 to a local non-profit
April 17: Educate yourself about a saint www.catholic.org/saints
April 18: Pray for peace
April 19: Pray for your enemies (you probably have new ones by now) then decide which of these exercises you’ll keep for good
Here is a nice summary of the issues surrounding CCSS.
I would add:
the fact that there is no pedagogical basis for them?
the fact that there is no research about how they are progressing?
the fact that the tests are developed by folks outside of the classroom, too?
the fact that some educators are cashing in on the backs of others?
the fact that they use the word "rigor" as some sort of way to denigrate any other standards?
the fact that they appear to have some journalists (print and broadcast) in their back pockets?
the fact that no one has defined what it means to be college and/or career ready?
the fact that it restricts the curriculum despite protests to the contrary?
And from this list, I would eliminate any mention of STEM as there is no credible evidence indicating we need more STEM folks. I would also eliminate the fact that teachers do not know the curriculum. I think they do know it. I think they have been covering it. I think the only confusion comes from how it is being "rolled out" from top down folks who seem to have the misunderstanding problem.
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- Current Mood: amused