In Our Feeds: Teacher evaluations, ebooks, used books, $5 fines for tardiness
By Tyler on October 7th, 2010
We’re addicted to Google Reader here on the OOM team. In fact, it’s kind of an unwritten prerequisite to becoming a Scholastic blogger that you be an avid, organized, productive blog and news reader.
Here’s a smattering of what we’ve found in our feeds this week.
The New Teacher Project recommends standards for evaluating teacher effectiveness (found via Eduwonk)
The New Teacher Project has released a great new report called “Teacher Evaluation 2.0″ that lays out what they say are the six components of an effective teacher evaluation system. If you’ve been following the controversy over the LA Times’ value-added analysis of the effectiveness of the city school district’s elementary school teachers, you’ll find this report smart and helpful. –Tyler
‘Enhanced ebooks’ take world’s biggest book fair by storm
I love hearing about what’s next in the book world. I am excited to see what the enhanced e-books will contain. There’s also a part of me whose heart is warmed by the last part of the article. Got to love that kids still buy books that they love, even if they have already have a copy on their e-readers. –Jessica
Heard Any Good Books Lately, Zelda?
There’s a new seven-hour play where a group of people read aloud from a classic book. Sounds crazy, but it’s a reminder, to me, that the best books are those that I can get lost in. The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, and like all of my other favorites, “it takes over your waking existence a little, so you can’t wait to be done with whatever you’re doing and immerse yourself in the pages again.” –Morgan
Students at East High School will be charged $5 for being late to class
East High School in Salt Lake City (that’s the high school where High School Musical was filmed, btw) has started charging students $5 for being late to class. The money raised goes toward paying the teacher who has to stay after school to run the detention period. Personally, I think this is kind of genius, but I’m sure there are a few occasionally tardy high schoolers who would disagree with me. –Amanda
Confessions of a Used-Book Salesman
This is the “Confessions of a used-book salesman.” I’ve always wondered who are those folks selling books on Amazon? Have you ever bought a book from another person on the site? I used to think they were just students selling old textbooks. But these guys are professionals. Some spend up to 80 hours per week selling used books! –Ivy
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