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The Secret of the Kelpie⤴

from @ Through The Windae

The Secret of the Kelpie by Lari Don My rating: 4 of 5 stars Stunning illustrations and a story that doesn’t shy away from the darker elements of the Scottish myth of water horses. Wee Flora is an inspired little character and reminded me of Small from Levi Penfold’s Black Dog. Secret of the Kelpie...Continue Reading "The Secret of the Kelpie"

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Work Hard Be Nice⤴

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WHBNIt is always interesting to learn about alternative approaches to raising standards and in turn life chances. For a few years I had noticed that one approach which was being referred to in lots of literature was the KIPP schools movement in the US. I thought it might be a good idea to finally track down the story and read it directly.

There is a very readable account, by journalist Jay Matthews, in “Work Hard, Be Nice” his 2009 book about the founding of the KIPP schools by Dave Levin and  Mike Feinberg. The style is more of a story, that an academic account, however it is probably all the better for that. The story is after all a remarkable one in terms of inspiration and lessons that an education system could learn.

As young teachers on the “Teach for America” programme, Feinberg and Levin were placed in some very poor, largely Hispanic elementary schools in Houston, Texas. They found it tough, and after a short while latched onto one experienced teacher, Harriet Ball, who seemed to have the ability to push the children’s standards, and to do it with an energetic and playful approach that amazed them.

They learned as much as they could from this amazing lady, as well as entering into a regular correspondence with award winning teacher, Rafe Esquith, to learn as much as they could about effective teaching for children in “underserved areas” as they describe the deprived communities that they were teaching in. They refined this learning into an approach that worked for them, and then gradually got better at their craft. The book describes their growing frustration with a system that had low aspirations and expectations. They made progress with their young learners, but were unhappy that these learners had nowhere to go as the local state high schools had the same cycle of low achievement and low expectations.

The story takes an astonishing turn because they seemed unwilling to accept this, and set up a project within the school, called the Knowledge Is Power Programme, KIPP! This was astonishing in many ways which will surprise Scottish educators, (maybe even shock!). They visited prospective students at home to help the families feel involved in what Levin and Feinberg were trying to achieve and why. They asked families to sign a contract agreeing to the “tougher” regime of the KIPP programme; longer school day, every second Saturday, summer school (to break the unproductive long summer recess) etc. They gave learners copious homework, and their phone numbers, so that they could be contacted at night to help youngsters with that homework! They took the youngsters on a fund-raised trip in summer to broaden horizons and deepen aspirations. (White House and Washington for example). Many children couldn’t cope and dropped back to the main stream classes, however most thrived and began to go after scholarships to “better schools”. Feinberg and Levin created a virtuous cycle with parents beginning to trust these mad young men, and the successes beginning to get noticed.

The critical thing was that the two men, realised that they weren’t getting the support they wanted in terms of suitable buildings and other support from the main state system, and so they set up a Charter School movement. During this set up phase, Levin moved to New York and set up a KIPP school in the South Bronx, and experienced all the obstacles and lack of system level support that they had begun to overcome in Houston. The story describes very well how the movement caught-fire, and has now become a school system, targeting underserved communities, with 162 schools in 20 states, all underpinned by the same energetic and aspirational approach that Feinberg and Levin established in 1994 in Houston. This is a really amazing story.

The lessons that I take from it are simply the ones about energy, vision and learning. The founders started off admitting that they didn’t know how to get through to their new charges, and that they needed more skills and insight. They set about learning with a rare passion and the results were powerful. I was also inspired by the fact that they didn’t accept the status-quo but instead tried to create something that would be better for their children. Perhaps the fact that they had a tilt and some windmills and had a crack at some sacred-cows appealed to me as well.

Many of the things they did are not going to travel well to our current system, but that’s not the point; their story can inspire us to look afresh at what we do, and do so with a real sense that amazing things can happen when amazing people come together.

I heartily recommend this as an interesting and useful piece of professional learning as well as a very enjoyable read!

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2009/03/the_educational_experiment_we_really_need.html

 

 

Blondie Biography And Top 10 Songs⤴

from @ A day in the life of a Duffy

There were two chief grounds Iodine started listening to Blondie and they were: first I thought Debbie Harry was amazingly beautiful and 2nd the style of music they made. At the clip Iodine got into Blondie I was listening to a batch of hood and new moving ridge material like The Sexual Activity Pistols, The Clash, Fake 69, The Exploited, Ramones, Ian Dury, The Stranglers, etc... and it also helped me to annoy my parents. I actually used to wish putting postings on my wall when I was a child at school and one of my postings was a full size posting of Debbie Harry.

Blondie are an American punk/new moving ridge cross and were formed in 1975 and consisted originally of Chris Stein, Debbie Harry, Jimmy Destri, Clem Edmund Burke and Gary Valentino. They were originally named "Angel And The Snake" but changed their name to Blondie in 1975 because Debbie Harry was repeatedly referred to as Blondie.

The ego titled Blondie introduction record album was released in 1976 and then re-released somes twelvemonth later when they signed to a new record company. The set first received commercial success through an Australian television show cock-up, the show was supposed to play the picture to Ten Wrongdoer but actually played the picture to In The Flesh. This event saw the record album range #5 in the chart. In 1977 Gary Valentine had left and the record record album Plastic Letters was released and saw Blondie accomplish success in the United Kingdom when the album went in to the top ten.

The hole that was made when Gary left the set was filled in 1978 by the inclusion of Frank Infante and then a new member (Nigel Harrison) was also added and Blondie embarked on a monolithic United Kingdom circuit which included a gig at The Roadhouse where The Boomtown Rats Opened. This circuit made Blondie one of the first American New Wave sets to achieve success in the UK.

Blondie started to see even more than success after the release of their 3rd record album Parallel Lines in 1978 which contained the song Heart Of Glass which was their first United States #1 hit and actually went on to sell over 1 million copies. Blondie seemed to be more than popular in the United Kingdom and this was somewhat owed to the singles Lord'S Day Girl (which went to #1) and also One Manner Or Another. Their 4th record record album Eat To The Beat also had many singles which were popular in the United Kingdom (Dreaming, Atomic and Union City blues).

1980 proverb Blondie rise again in the United States chart with the Release of the album Autoamerican which contained the hit singles The Tide Is High, Ecstasy and Call Me (which was recorded for the film American Gigolo). Ecstasy is the lone Blondie single to acquire a higher chart place in the United States (#1) than the United Kingdom (#5) and was radical because of the combination of rap/hip-hop with their usual sound.

The Hunter was released in 1982 and didn't make as well as some of their former record record albums and both Debbie Harry and Jimmy Destri had both released solo albums in 1981. After the diminution in popularity of the set and the rise mass media attending of Debbie she decided to go forth and Blondie broke up in August 1982. In 1997 they reformed and in 1999 the release of No Exit proverb them go back to the top of the charts once again and the single Mare reached #1 in the United Kingdom exactly 20 old age after their first which was Heart Of Glass.

Blondie released the record album The Curse of Blondie in 2003 and March 2006 saw Blondie inducted into the Rock And Axial Rotation Hallway Of Fame and also onto the Rock Walk Of Fame at Guitar Center on Sunset Avenue in Hollywood.

My Top 10 Blondie Songs are:

01. Island of Lost Souls

02. Dreaming

03. One Manner or Another

04. Ten Offender

05. Kung Fu Girls

06. (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear

07. Union City Blue

08. For Your Eyes Only

09. Maria

10. Good Boys

Blondie Biography And Top 10 Songs⤴

from @ A day in the life of a Duffy

There were two chief grounds Iodine started listening to Blondie and they were: first I thought Debbie Harry was amazingly beautiful and 2nd the style of music they made. At the clip Iodine got into Blondie I was listening to a batch of hood and new moving ridge material like The Sexual Activity Pistols, The Clash, Fake 69, The Exploited, Ramones, Ian Dury, The Stranglers, etc... and it also helped me to annoy my parents. I actually used to wish putting postings on my wall when I was a child at school and one of my postings was a full size posting of Debbie Harry.

Blondie are an American punk/new moving ridge cross and were formed in 1975 and consisted originally of Chris Stein, Debbie Harry, Jimmy Destri, Clem Edmund Burke and Gary Valentino. They were originally named "Angel And The Snake" but changed their name to Blondie in 1975 because Debbie Harry was repeatedly referred to as Blondie.

The ego titled Blondie introduction record album was released in 1976 and then re-released somes twelvemonth later when they signed to a new record company. The set first received commercial success through an Australian television show cock-up, the show was supposed to play the picture to Ten Wrongdoer but actually played the picture to In The Flesh. This event saw the record album range #5 in the chart. In 1977 Gary Valentine had left and the record record album Plastic Letters was released and saw Blondie accomplish success in the United Kingdom when the album went in to the top ten.

The hole that was made when Gary left the set was filled in 1978 by the inclusion of Frank Infante and then a new member (Nigel Harrison) was also added and Blondie embarked on a monolithic United Kingdom circuit which included a gig at The Roadhouse where The Boomtown Rats Opened. This circuit made Blondie one of the first American New Wave sets to achieve success in the UK.

Blondie started to see even more than success after the release of their 3rd record album Parallel Lines in 1978 which contained the song Heart Of Glass which was their first United States #1 hit and actually went on to sell over 1 million copies. Blondie seemed to be more than popular in the United Kingdom and this was somewhat owed to the singles Lord'S Day Girl (which went to #1) and also One Manner Or Another. Their 4th record record album Eat To The Beat also had many singles which were popular in the United Kingdom (Dreaming, Atomic and Union City blues).

1980 proverb Blondie rise again in the United States chart with the Release of the album Autoamerican which contained the hit singles The Tide Is High, Ecstasy and Call Me (which was recorded for the film American Gigolo). Ecstasy is the lone Blondie single to acquire a higher chart place in the United States (#1) than the United Kingdom (#5) and was radical because of the combination of rap/hip-hop with their usual sound.

The Hunter was released in 1982 and didn't make as well as some of their former record record albums and both Debbie Harry and Jimmy Destri had both released solo albums in 1981. After the diminution in popularity of the set and the rise mass media attending of Debbie she decided to go forth and Blondie broke up in August 1982. In 1997 they reformed and in 1999 the release of No Exit proverb them go back to the top of the charts once again and the single Mare reached #1 in the United Kingdom exactly 20 old age after their first which was Heart Of Glass.

Blondie released the record album The Curse of Blondie in 2003 and March 2006 saw Blondie inducted into the Rock And Axial Rotation Hallway Of Fame and also onto the Rock Walk Of Fame at Guitar Center on Sunset Avenue in Hollywood.

My Top 10 Blondie Songs are:

01. Island of Lost Souls

02. Dreaming

03. One Manner or Another

04. Ten Offender

05. Kung Fu Girls

06. (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear

07. Union City Blue

08. For Your Eyes Only

09. Maria

10. Good Boys