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Jefferson Elementary First Graders Help With Anti-Bullying Song

I feel like a kid myself here. I'm getting more and more excited about how this is turning out!

It's a song that schools in four different Capital Region counties are helping to create. The message?  DON'T BE A BULLY. The school helping out this week?  Jefferson Elementary in Schenectady County. 

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Niskayuna’s School Budget Voted Down – Wow!

As a Niskayuna resident (and a former teacher, no less) who has put a child through their fantastic school system, I'm having a hard time with this subject.  Actually, a VERY hard time.

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Richie Writes Song With Kids From Indian Lake Virtually Thanks To NERIC: Reading, Writing and Rhyming

Another first, ladies and gentlemen.  Through the use of magic teleconferencing technology at NERIC (Northeastern Regional Information Center) in Albany, I was able to pull this off.  This was a blast to try out.  You can see the results below.

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Bethlehem Children’s School Is Looking For Your Help -Reading, Writing and Rhyming Extra

There're so many schools struggling right now to stay afloat.  I happen to have visited the school just within the past several weeks. They are looking for your donations to keep it going and have posted a video about it that I thought was important to share

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Kids Who Can Recite All Of The Presidents [VIDEO]

Maybe you've seen these videos before, but it's probably worth it on this day, Presidents' Day, to have an instant replay.  These are very young kids who would put us all to shame with their Presidential knowledge

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I’m Tired Of Defending My Choice To Home School – Daily Dilemma

Here is Today's Daily Dilemma:

Two years ago, I decided to home school my two children when I discovered they were falling behind at school and the school didn’t even seem to notice or care. They had “sat

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New Way To Teach Math – Using Rap Music. Meet Jake Scott-2 Pi [VIDEO]

I think this is fantastic, but maybe you don't. Maybe you are a traditionalist when it comes to education.  Perhaps you feel that the only way to get kids' attention is to entertain them.  Sorry, folks, but I love this guy.

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flickr User, woodleywonderworks
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A Daughter Has Problems Learning And The School And The Mom Are Blaming Each Other – Daily Dilemma

Here is Today's Daily Dilemma:

My daughter is having some trouble at school. She’s in third grade and while she is very intelligent, she struggles socially and is not getting very good grades on her school work. She has trouble remembering

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NY Schools Going to Longer Days?

In December, five states announced that about 40 schools in 2013 would add 300 hours of learning time to their school calendar:  New York, Colorado, Tennessee, Massachusetts and Connecticut.  The goal is to make schools in the United States more competitive globally.  Nearly 20,000 students will participate in the three-year pilot program.

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Reading, Writing and Rhyming Signup Sheet – For Teachers Only

Teachers!  Sign up right now for the Reading, Writing and Rhyming school program.  I have a signup sheet below to make it easy. 

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What Is The Longest Word In The English Language? Hint – It Has Over 18,000 Letters

This is for real, folks. I'm speechless over this.   so is the guy who attempts to say the word, because it took him over 3 hours.  

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flickr user, celestehodges
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It’s Time to Take Cursive Writing Out of Schools

We had a lot of different discussions on the show today that seemed to get people all in a tizzy to give their two cents. Man I love when that happens. One of them was the subject of taking the teaching of cursive writing out of schools.

I must admit I found it interesting how many people just couldn't fathom the idea. Yet when asked, when is the last time you needed to use cursive handwriting most were at a loss.

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