December 24, 2011 |
This week, with the winter holidays fast approaching, it seemed that Joe Pisacano's fifth-grade class at McDonald-Davis Elementary School in Bucks County's Centennial district had abandoned education for celebration. Thursday afternoon, Pisacano, in a bright red cap and shirt and billing himself as a "Skateboarding Santa," toted his beloved 1976 G&S board, decorated with tinsel and a tiny Christmas tree, to the ramp in the hallway outside his classroom. To cheers and gasps from his students, he made a series of runs down the hall, smacking into a stack of gift-wrapped boxes at the bottom.
February 16, 2011 |
An associate professor at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington may lose his job following accusations that he used hypothetical examples of the dean's violent death as part of classroom exercises. Lawrence J. Connell, a tenured professor, is accused of using examples that describe dean Linda L. Ammons' shooting death at least ten times in classes on murder and criminal procedure, said Thomas S. Neuberger, Connell's attorney. Connell, 58, described himself as the hypothetical shooter in the classroom examples, Neuberger said.
April 9, 2011 |
WILMINGTON - A tenured professor fighting to keep his job at Widener University School of Law after allegedly making classroom comments about a dean has sued the official for defamatory remarks she is accused of making about him. As part of classroom exercises, Lawrence J. Connell used what he called hypothetical examples in which he "decided to shoot" the dean. The school, which is investigating the matter, has placed him on paid administrative leave. In his suit, Connell, an associate professor, has accused the dean, Linda L. Ammons, of intentionally making false statements, in proceedings to oust him, that characterize him as a racist and sexist.
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.
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.