♪♫”Not About the Money”♫♪


“What brings you true happiness has no price tag…”~ Anonymous


“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.”~John Ruskin


“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”~Charles Spurgeon

“It is not the how much money to spend; it is more of the love to others, you lend.”~A Knope

“We’re paying with Love…”~Jessie J.

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If you like, you can give $1 monthly to help these kids here at “Dollar for the Poor”

Famous Quotes from Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel

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From Dr. Seuss FaceBook Page

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2nd, 1904. He was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist, but this shy, brilliant writer was also a genius in how he played a role in politics by subtly exposing the public to abuses of power and standing up for “the little guy”. Read his books to find out more (Dr Seuss Books) OR or just read them for fun! Because…

“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”


“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”


“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”


“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”


“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”


“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So. . . get on your way.”


“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent.”


“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

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Here’s an awesome video from YOU TUBER Andreas Proehl sharing some of his best quotes! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS!

Take a Stand Against Standardized Testing


[Picture Source: Seattle Education]

It’s time to take a STAND against Standardized Testing

The “Rethinking Schools Blog” has released an article about standardized testing and how it is hurting education, rather than helping. The article explains how these “high risk” tests cost money and time and how they take away from quality teaching. Stated a such, “The pressure to prepare students for standardized exams forces teachers to narrow instruction to only that material which will be tested.” Moreover, these test are not a TRUE indicator of students’ learning and certainly not a means to evaluate teachers’ performance, as research has suggested. (See here)

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Thus, many educators are taking a stand against the overuse and misuse of standardized tests! In Seattle, the staff at Garfield High School refused to administer the district’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. The staff  was warned by their superintendent that they will lose wages for their stand. However, they have the support of both the AFT and the NEA.We must stand up and support them!

The staff of Garfield High made this statement against standardized testing, more specifically in this case, the MAP test (This is only part of it):

“Educators across the country know what’s best for their students, and it’s no different for our members in Seattle. We know that having well-designed assessment tools can help students evaluate their own strengths and needs, and help teachers improve. This type of assessment isn’t done in one day or three times a year. It’s done daily, and educators need the flexibility to collaborate with their colleagues and the time to evaluate on-going data to make informed decisions about what’s best for students.”

“If we want a system that is designed to help all students, we must allow educators, parents, students and communities to be a part of the process and have a stronger voice in this conversation as they demand high-quality assessments that support student learning. Off-the-shelf assessments that are not aligned with the curriculum or goals of the school are not the answer.”

Take a stand with them! Copy and paste this letter below, then add your signature to this statement with an email with your name and affiliation(s) to: GHSstatement@gmail.com.

We Support the Teachers of Garfield High School and stand united to say that “High-Stakes Standardized Tests are Overused and Overrated!”
For these main reasons:
• The Use of Standardized Tests is Spreading
• Tests Consume a Great Deal of Time and Money
• Testing Hurts Students
• Research does not Support Using Tests to Evaluate Teachers
In a nearly unanimous vote, the staff at Garfield High school in Seattle decided to refuse to administer the district’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. This test, which research has shown to have no significant impact on reading scores, has only one purpose within Seattle Public Schools — evaluating the teachers, even though the test’s developers (the Northwest Evaluation Association) have noted the inappropriateness of using tests for such evaluations. In taking this action, the educators at Garfield High School have struck a blow against the overuse and misuse of standardized tests, and deserve support. We, the undersigned, stand with these brave teachers and against the growing standardized testing industrial complex.


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Hurricane Sandy Victims Are Still Struggling~You Can Help!

Hurricane Sandy Victims are still struggling to get their lives back together, and many are still without electricity.

Thousands of people still need many donations, such as:

  • clean water,
  • a livable home,
  • a toothbrush,
  • children’s toys,
  • books,
  • toiletries,
  • bedding,
  • towels,
  • blankets,
  • sleeping bags,
  • air mattresses with air pumps,
  • camping supplies,
  • infant and senior care items,
  • small tools,
  • non-perishable foods,
  • paper towels & toilet paper,
  • laundry detergent,
  • brooms,
  • rakes,
  • mops,
  • shovels,
  • shop vacs,
  • box fans,
  • first aid items,
  • pet supplies,
  • flashlights & lanterns,
  • batteries,
  • portable generators,
  • and tarps, etc.

New and used, clean items are welcome. Please put items in plastic bags, boxes or plastic bins clearly labeled as to the contents. If possible, sort the items into categories such as women’s clothing, children’s clothing, and put in separate, labeled bags/boxes.

You can also help Superstorm Sandy survivors by making a monetary donation through iTunes to the American Red Cross. Or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. For non-U.S. residents who want to help, please visit The Red Cross

You can also donate to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Efforts.

If you live in the NJ or NY area and want to donate goods, find your local drop off places here (map).

OR Here at the Hurricane Sandy Relief Stations.

Pictures by Vilseskogen & RobertFrancis

“Spend a Day in MY Shoes” A Teacher’s Perspective

Many teachers have said, “Spend the day in my shoes!”

The scorn from the mainstream media and even some alternative media sites towards our teachers have become the norm these days. Supposedly, according to sources that have not spent an hour teaching in the classroom, teachers have a “cushy job” with time off in the summer and excessive pay. Nothing like a little ignorance to belittle the teachers that work hard every day for our children! Furthermore, our mainstream news report as much degrading and humiliating information as possible to make it seem like ALL teachers are bad news!

In REALITY, most teachers work hard day-in and day-out, instructing students, grading papers, meeting the needs of their students most effectively, correcting misbehavior in more positive ways, integrating technology, modifying lessons, administering tests, applying the standards, meeting the demands of their administrators, keeping abreast of the most effective ways to educate their students, taking professional development classes, attending workshops, meetings, and conferences, participating in their communities and more.

One teacher in Florida describes her average work day as 10 hours and with time spent almost every Saturday with something school-related. Furthermore, she points out that she spends her own personal time and money on professional organizations and summers in training. She further explains how teachers are expected to keep up with all current research and technology and be able to demonstrate it in the classroom. This Florida teacher also describes how she must find ways to make boring content more exciting and engaging for the students; how she settles quarrels; bandages boo-boos; and makes “lightning-fast decisions”.

See here at NYF DAILY NEWS~“Think teaching’s easy? Spend a day in my shoes!”

A teacher in Texas expresses that state regulations are an ever-increasing presence in her classroom and that testing has become a major focal-point. Moreover, she stated how classroom management is more problematic, as she discovered that teaching was really hard work, but loves her job, nonetheless.

See here at From My West Texas~”Teaching is hard despite getting to spend day with kids, books…”

Want to spend the day in a teacher’s shoes? Here’s a basic run-down of a teacher’s workday:

  • Arrive early to work for fine-tuning my lessons, grading papers and preparing for the day.
  • Perform my morning duty as hall monitor
  • Greet students, check homework, read parents’ notes, take attendance and lunch count, and make sure students are engaged.
  • Start the instruction for the hour but make sure to stop instruction in enough time to go to today’s assembly.
  • Attend Assembly.
  • Finish instruction if possible.
  • Take students to their special (today it’s library).
  • Make the necessary phone calls to parents or guidance, etc. Also, do any administrative paperwork that’s left on my desk.
  • Get the students and perform the next lesson for the day. Ensure that they are engaged and on task. Help those students that need extra guidance, and monitor their behavior.
  • Perform the next lesson. Ensure that they are engaged and on task. Help those students that need extra guidance, and monitor their behavior.
  • Go to lunch and attend my meeting.
  • Get the students and take them to recess. Make sure the students are playing safely and appropriately. AND ALWAYS monitor student behavior.
  • Continue in my instructional objectives for the day, as I ensure that they are engaged and on task, help those students that need extra guidance, and monitor their behavior.
  • Give the students some down-time to rejuvenate.
  • Continue in my instructional objectives for the day, as I ensure that they are engaged and on task, help those students that need extra guidance, and monitor their behavior.
  • Assign homework, prepare students for dismissal, and make my best effort to hear the announcements while my students are discussing their day.
  • Ensure that all my students leave to their designated dismissal areas with a pleasant parting or “see you tomorrow”
  • Attend my workshop for the afternoon (2 hours)
  • Go home with papers to grade, report cards to do, and lessons to start for next week.

So what are you waiting for? Spend a day in a teacher’s shoes.

Resources: NYF Daily News, My West Texas, & numerous teachers across America

Teachers-Be the Light that Shines the Way!

Teachers, you have a sacred trust as educators! Shine the way, and keep your nurturing nature with your students. Also, as Dr. Jeff Goldstein states, “We have to ensure that testing should serve education and that education does NOT serve testing!”

A Professor Proclaims-Public Education is not a Business!

From a NY College Professor (Mark Naison):
“In the increasingly Orwellian world of ‘Education Reform’ a new term has achieved a particular cachet- ‘Data Driven Instruction.’ With deadly seriousness, school chancellors and superintendents hold workshops on how to do this for their principals and teachers, offering euphemistic language for something really quite crude and brutal- TEACHING TO THE TEST! And why are they doing this? It’s because the US Department of Education, through No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, threatens to close schools, and fire teachers and principals, who do not produce the proper data! Anyone who thinks this approach is going to improve the quality of instruction, and create better relationships between teacher, students and parents, is sorely mistaken. It will increase the stress level on all concerned and squeeze out compassion, empathy and community building along with creative instruction. But the school reformers don’t care. They are determined to bring a ‘business atmosphere’ into public education, with teachers poring over test scores the way executives pore over sales data!”
Moreover, in this “Data Driven Instruction”, at first it may seem like a goal-oriented principle for teacher to use to help students reach success. Teachers are asked, “How many students do you think can reach the benchmark?” in the form of a percentage. Teachers are given a few ideas as to how they can help students reach the benchmark scores, but nevertheless, they are NOT given the time and support they need to achieve the goals with overcrowded classrooms and a myriad of demands to meet!

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