Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on April 18, 2014
Sitting at an information table in the Glick Middle School gym, I realized two things: First, I need to grow a teacher's voice to be heard over the chatter of 600 kids, and second, I had approached this career day thing waaaaay too seriously.
To my left, a fitness trainer with a jump measurement pole generated big crowds and long lines, mostly boys.
To my right, Wells Fargo Bank tempted kids with an adorable stuffed horse and free candy and information on finance careers, of course.
Posted by Nan Austin on April 9, 2014
The Bret Harte Elementary Chess Club faces a loss. Moves made by grown-ups likely have checkmated its plans to go to a national competition in Dallas.
Posted by Nan Austin on April 2, 2014
How much is too much to spend on computers? What might be enough to spend on upkeep and repairs? Should more help for at-risk students be a higher priority? These were the questions Turlock Unified School District trustees wrestled with Tuesday night, exactly the sorts of discussions that need to go on now that funding has been released to local control.
Posted by Nan Austin on March 20, 2014
The intersection of science, math and art takes many forms, offering lots of possibilities for unseen teaching. Also, this week kicked off the spring state testing window and a north Modesto district is one of the first in the state to submit a draft plan for spending extra funding next year.
Posted by Nan Austin on March 19, 2014
Homework: We all had it. We all hated it. But putting aside the history, does it help and are there ways to make homework work better?