ST Blog – Week 15


  • 2011 by Hoyle
  • Snopes
  • Trump Articles (Thumbs up and Thumbs Down)
  • Google Timelapse
  • Lonely Planet
  • Metrocosm Video
  • Technology Video – “Supersized Earth”
  • Videos about Trump
    • Thumbs Up
    • Thumbs Down


Lessons Taught:

  • Example of geography and climate of New York City
  • Trump Debate Challenge v. Miss Menard
  • Subbed one day – video about technology, claims about Trump’s first 100 days


Thoughts I Had During the Week:

  • Using Hoyle’s 2011 was really neat, because it’s futuristic predictions both matched up and didn’t match up to our lives today.  It fostered some great discussions and students were really into it.
  • CT used great real life example when talking about wants versus needs – his water suit. Actually brought it in. Kids thought it was cool. Nice to be able to make connections to real life
  • With springtime, coming back from vacation — classroom management was a bit tricky at times.  CT had to really make a statement early in the week to dial students back in – “How do you want me to remember you?”
  • One student has been having an extremely difficult time dealing with her mother’s death – for months it’s been a struggle to even have her in class. Teachers and administrators on the same page about being firmer with her, but it’s gotten really hard – it’s turned into babysitting. I understand that it’s important for her to be in the classroom learning with her peers, but she refuses to do anything and is distracting to everyone else in the class and bringing a few others down with her.  School isn’t the best environment for her to be in, but there aren’t really other options.
  • Debate Challenge with Miss Menard – challenging the reigning “smartypants” of the classroom.  I prepared two opposing claims for Trump’s first 100 days, and students could choose to take me on for either claim.  First class – they didn’t refute my claim, but shared their own claims – I won the debate (voted by CT and para).  Second class – went really well.  They challenged me on a lot of my points, and I wasn’t sure how to respond on some of those challenges. One student who is super politically charged was able to keep herself composed and rational which was great. No vote happened, we “tied”. It was a really great example for students to see how to make a claim and support it with evidence.
  • CT is planning a sendoff for me (only a little while longer!), calling it “Operation Baller”, sending me out of the classroom sometimes so they can prepare. 🙂



Teacher Meme of the Week:

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ST Blog – Week 15

Content Area Reading #10 – We’ve Been Trumped

“What a Trump presidency means for America’s public schools” by Emma Brown. The Washington Post, November 10, 2016.

Inspired by the results of our recent presidential election, I was curious to see opinions on how Trump’s election will impact the American educational scene.  Typing in “Donald Trump impact on education” on Google, this article was the first to pop up.

This article focuses on the education policies that Trump proposed in his campaign for presidency.  According to this article, Trump’s main proposals focused on expanding school choice, and possibly limiting (or dissolving altogether) the Department of Education. The implications of Trump being elected president also mean that the federal government may interpret ESSA differently, which will affect the access disadvantaged children have to better education. For the time being, a lot of questions while continue to arise as the Trump administration will take time to recruit for their staff and continue to develop their policies .

3 Things I Want to Remember:

  • 1. Trump’s administration likely to include “a vigorous push for federally funded private school vouchers and a downsizing of the Education Department”
  • 2. Trump’s most important proposal on education, only mentioned a few times – a $20 billion grant program (money comes from somewhere in federal budget, but not certain where) to encourage states to expand school choice through vouchers, charter schools, and magnet schools
  • 3. Trump won’t have the legal authority to get rid of the Common Core State Standards – “Federal law expressly forbids the federal government from interfering with states’ decisions about academic standards.”

2 Controversial Things:

  • 1. Trump’s proposal (above) not supported in votes on ballot initiatives – defeat of one that would expand charter schools and one that let states to takeover struggling schools – “By pretty much equal amounts, by a two-to-one margin, they said ‘no, don’t touch our public schools,’ Weingarten [president of the American Federation of Teachers, adviser to Hillary Clinton] said.”
  • 2. “Trump has said alternately that he would scale back or eliminate the department altogether.”

1 Question:

  • 1. Are there ways to safeguard the Department of Education from being completely dismantled?
Content Area Reading #10 – We’ve Been Trumped