August 9, 1988 |
Some years ago, a group of minority students took a standard pencil-and- paper examination as part of their training at Temple University's medical school. Most scored below average on the exam. Then they were tested again - by the same professor, for the same knowledge - this time not in a classroom but in a hospital setting, using the tools that doctors use. Most scored well above average. Lauren Resnick may not be familiar with the Temple experiment, but she would not be surprised by the results.
July 25, 1993 |
Boy enters classroom, turns to face classmates, begins to raise hand slowly. Kids sitting in rows cower and shield faces. Soundtrack and pulsing strobe suggest automatic weapon fire. Blood spatters kids' foreheads, hands, shirt-fronts. Heavy metal soundtrack grinds to silence and the TV screen goes black - followed by a commercial for McDonald's Big Mac. A violent TV episode? By any measure. Will it be labeled as such when the networks' new policy goes into effect this fall? No. Why?
March 19, 1993 |
Fifteen years ago, Clare Blaha Devine had to beg, borrow and everything but steal to get a single computer for the gifted and talented class she was teaching in Toms River. Today, she presides over a brand-new lab at North Dover Elementary School with 28 computers, an international telecommunications program, a CD Rom unit, a LCD panel that projects the computer screen on the wall, a camera that takes digitized photos that can be printed, even a computerized "Logo Lego" project that lets students program Lego creations equipped with temperature, motion and light sensors.
January 19, 2008 |
An early-morning fire yesterday - ruled an arson - damaged a kindergarten classroom at a Jewish center that houses a synagogue, school and community center in the West Mount Airy section of the city, officials said. The Germantown Jewish Center in the 400 block of Ellet Street was unoccupied when the fire started around 7:30 a.m. in a first-floor kindergarten classroom, Fire Department officials said. Firefighters had the blaze under control about a half-hour later and kept it from spreading beyond the classroom, officials said.
September 8, 2003 |
In Trudy Hanrahan's world, libraries double as chicken farms and octopus and lobster live in harmony. It's a welcomed insanity that Hanrahan transfers onto the four walls of her classroom, where entire worlds collide and make true the notion that an imagination can take you anywhere. "I love this stuff," said Hanrahan, a teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Washington Township, Gloucester County. Hanrahan is among a breed of teachers who turn the sterile classroom into a cacophony of colors and characters that encourages young minds to think.
August 31, 2010
ONE OF the first lessons Tony Danza taught his students at Northeast High School last fall was to keep their hands clean. There he is, in the pilot of his new "reality" show, pointing 10th-grade English students toward the hand-sanitizer dispensers he's stationed just inside his classroom door. When "Teach: Tony Danza" premieres Oct. 1 on A&E, Philadelphians and viewers across the country will finally get a chance to assess the results of an experiment in which the former sitcom star spent a year living in Northern Liberties and teaching "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Julius Caesar" - as well as a bit of hygiene - to two sections of students at Northeast.
June 15, 1999 |
Karen Barbagello was a second-grade teacher when she was asked 11 years ago to consider working with children with special needs. She answered "Yes," and is still following what she says is a special calling. "I felt like when I got that phone call, even before I hung up, I knew I was leaving regular education," Barbagello said. "I've never regretted my decision. " Barbagello is a primary teacher at St. Katherine Day School, a Philadelphia Archdiocese school for children ages 4 to 21 with mental retardation.
September 29, 1994 |
When many people think of their first loves, they smile at the distant memory and then go about their daily lives. But Cedarbrook Middle School Principal Joseph K. Cifelli embraces his first love every day. Between 9 and 9:45 every morning, instead of attending meetings, disciplining students and pushing papers, Cifelli is in a classroom, teaching a life-science course for 30 seventh graders. "The interaction with the kids, watching them grow and develop and seeing them learn something that I love, is an overwhelmingly rewarding thing to do," he said while seated at a round table filed with science magazine articles.
June 24, 2008 |
Without context, the security camera footage is a snoozer, a second-by-second account of life in an elementary school's corridors. On one length of tape, backpack-laden students and teachers just arriving for school are on the way to homeroom. On another, students are headed to the library around lunchtime. But to Warminster Det. David Bonacquisti, the tape is solid evidence that Susan Romanyszyn is not only a liar, but the person behind nine days of terrorizing notes left throughout Longstreth Elementary School last year.
December 14, 1997 |
The township's school district, which already has one computer for every five students, will be lowering that ratio a little more. Starting next fall, West Deptford schools will receive almost $130,000 - $40 per child - for the next five years from the state Department of Education's Distance Learning Funding Project to buy computers. The 3,000-student district plans to buy 200 new computers, assuring that every classroom in its five schools, as well as each office in its administration building, has one. West Deptford already has 600 computers in various school laboratories and school libraries.