September 3, 1995 |
For 27 sixth graders here, the first day of school Wednesday will be a school first. In contrast to a class that separates special-education students from others, this new class at the Herma S. Simmons Elementary School will bring sixth graders of all abilities in front of one chalkboard. "You and I don't go shopping at the regular-education Acme instead of the special-education Acme," said school principal Jay Dugan. "So in reality, why do we separate when that's not what happens in life?"
June 17, 1993 |
Ruth Carver envisions a classroom without walls. An educational environment where students are linked to the world outside, and to schools hundreds of miles away, by high-tech computer networks. A classroom of the future. For Carver, that future may be coming soon. Last week, the Flourtown mathematics teacher was one of three Pennsylvania teachers chosen by Gov. Casey to take part in an experimental project established this year by American Telephone & Telegraph Corp.
May 13, 1999 |
Marvin Sewell ran from his academic responsibilities for two years. Then he decided he just wanted to run. "I thought I was the man and I didn't have to do nothing. It was all fun and games," said Sewell, a Pennsauken senior. "I wanted to run track, and that led to a push in school. " The push in the classroom is nearly as impressive as his fluid strides and impressive speed, which carried him to the 800-meter title April 30 at the South Jersey Track and Field Carnival.
February 13, 1998 |
Flashing in front of the player on the left wing, yet maintaining textbook defensive position, Eric DeSheilds knocks the pass away, scoops up the ball, and races in for a layup. That one steal epitomizes the senior shooting guard's rise from obscure reserve to indispensable player. If the Colonial Conference gave a most-improved player award, DeSheilds would be tough to beat. His play has allowed West Deptford to give chase to a conference title. At 11-3 in the Colonial entering last night's action, West Deptford was just a half-game out of first.
February 25, 1996
Read through thousands of essays by students asked to evaluate their education, and you see one phrase repeated more than any other: School is boring. There is some elaboration, of course: Teachers just talk, don't care. Rowdy kids disrupt class. Subject matter isn't relevant. Tests are busy work. Grades mean nothing (or everything). Rules don't make sense and aren't fairly applied. On the surface, none of this grumbling might strike an adult as terribly unusual or meaningful; who among us didn't think school was more chore than delight?
January 13, 1997 |
The tab comes to almost $50,000. That's what Camden County towns paid in just seven months to cover the costs of teachers and other school staff serving jury duty, according to a report prepared by the Camden County Association of School Administrators. And that doesn't include the non-financial toll. "There's more of an impact than just dollars and cents," said Angela Wilborne, assistant to the Camden City superintendent. "You're taking teachers out of the classroom, and that means you're impacting the quality of instruction.
July 17, 2004 |
Taking calls on a cell phone during a job interview is not a good idea. Neither is showing the tattoo of a girlfriend's name when asked for thoughts on loyalty. And it's probably bad form to ask, "So why am I here?" Extreme as they are, those are some of the real-life missteps that Nancy Logue has seen as the director of organizational development and training for Resorts Atlantic City casino. Yesterday she shared her stories with South Jersey teachers who plan to take them to the classroom in September.
October 20, 1994 |
Debbie Spencer doesn't mind when her fourth graders throw eggs out the window. Anything for the sake of science. As a class project last year, her students designed and built containers that would cushion raw eggs during a free fall from two stories up. It would be easy for the children to just open books and read about molecules, Spencer says, but that's not her style. So her students become molecules, bouncing around with styrofoam cups labeled H on each ear, with the head the O in H2O. A child's poem on the wall of Spencer's second-floor classroom at Marlborough Elementary School seems to sum up the philosophy of the woman named 1994's Pennsylvania Elementary Teacher of the Year: "She believes that every student should do the best they possibly can; she'll take your mind to the farthest limits or simply lend a hand.
April 30, 2001 |
Last year, Willemara Thompson received a grade report full of D's and F's and a dire prediction that she just wasn't college material. Thompson wasn't a poor student. She simply couldn't hear what her professors were saying. Now, the human-services major from Pennsgrove sails through Camden County College with A's and B's, thanks to new technology that allows students with hearing loss to function fully in conventional classrooms. "I used to fail tests because a teacher would turn around and say something important with his back to me, so I missed it," said Thompson, who uses the technology in each of her four classes this semester.
June 15, 2006 |
It was a very good year for Katie Morton - in a number of ways. A shortstop on the Hammonton softball team, Morton helped lead the Blue Devils to the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championship game. The top student in a class of 344, Morton also was named valedictorian. The senior with a weighted grade-point average of 6.2 also took home more than $5,000 in scholarship money at the senior awards assembly. She also was accepted at Yale, where she hopes to play softball for the Bulldogs.