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Roland Park Educator Among Maryland Teacher of the Year Finalists

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 07, 2017 4:30pm

Justin Holbrook. Photo via Baltimore City Public Schools.

Justin Holbrook is now representing Baltimore City Public Schools as a finalist for 2017-18 Maryland Teacher of the Year.

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Greenlaurel: Teach For America Alums Sprout a Garden at Fredrick Douglass High

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 5:05pm

Tij-anique Williams (left) said teacher Chris Jennings “is a great teacher. He looks out for us. When we’re stressed out, he has stepped in and cared.”

At Frederick Douglass High School in West Baltimore sits a tidy outdoor garden that offers a prime example of what Baltimore students can do with the right tools to harness the power of urban agriculture. Were it not for three dedicated Teach for America alums, it might be just another patch of asphalt.

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Tuesday Morning Headlines: Review of Illegal Gun Cases Shows Variety of Defendants; City School Teachers Knock on Doors to Try to Enroll More Students; and More

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 7:25am

Baltimore gun offenders vary, Sun review shows – Baltimore Sun

Teachers union announces results of door knocking campaign – WYPR

Remington Fire Ruled Arson, Suspect In Custody – WBAL

MTA passengers voice frustration over new BaltimoreLink transit system – Fox45

Ray Lewis drops price of 28-acre Reisterstown estate by 15% — BBJ


Tuesday Morning Headlines: Transit Union Hosts Town Hall on BaltimoreLink; Mount St. Joseph’s Senior Commits to UMD; and More

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017 7:24am

Transit union organizes town hall to discuss BaltimoreLink – WBAL-TV

Ed Reed, angel investor – Technical.ly

Baltimore City school teachers canvass for students – WYPR

Mount St. Joe’s senior commits to Maryland basketball – ABC2

In the Margins – Baltimore Style

Money & Power, Schools

City Schools Officials Hand Out 115 Pink Slips, Most of Them Outside of District Office

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jun 01, 2017 3:45pm

Baltimore City Schools headquarters on North Avenue, via Wikimedia Commons

Baltimore City Public Schools is set to lay off 115 full-time employees this month, most of them in actual schools, rather than the central district office on North Avenue.

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Bohemian Rhapsody, Featured

How to Change People’s Lives

11 Written by: | Wednesday, Jan 06, 2016 8:00am

Tom Gleason

Tom Gleason

I heard over the holidays that my college advisor, a Russian History professor named Abbott Gleason, known as Tom, died on Christmas Day after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. The fact that I took even a single history course in college, much less ended up a history major, was completely this man’s doing. Read More →


Do Baltimore Teachers Have Too Much Work?

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 9:34am


It seems as though everyone’s mad about the new Common Core curriculum in public schools. First, an agitated parent made the national news after he got forcibly ejected from a school board meeting because he spoke out against the standards; now 8,700 Baltimore County teachers have filed a grievance against the school board, saying that the Common Core means they have way too much work.
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Monitoring School Work: How Much Is Too Much?

1 Written by: | Friday, Aug 23, 2013 12:00pm

Got questions about life? Love? Parenting? Work? Today we introduce Whit’s End, a new advice column by local husband, father, teacher, coach, former executive and former Marine Corps officer Al Whitaker.  Each week Al will address readers’ questions about anything ranging from school issues, coaching problems, relationship quandaries and more!  His experience is vast, and he holds a degree in psychology, too. To submit a question, email WhitsEnd@baltimorefishbowl.com. – The Eds.

My son will be entering the 9th grade at an excellent independent school. He is a good student, but does not always assert himself.  For example, he will not tell his teacher if the homework took him two hours when he was told that it should take an hour.  If he is having a difficult time with an assignment, he won’t ask for help or tell the teacher that he needed extra time.

Since I know what he is like, how much should I help him?  If I monitor whether he is working or on-line, he tells me to stop treating him like a criminal.  If I know that he is weak in certain areas or doesn’t check his work carefully, shouldn’t I offer to look it over first? Isn’t my job to see that he gets the most out of his school experience and does as well as possible?

Also, how often should I communicate with his teachers? Would asking for a weekly report from his teachers be reasonable? I’d like to make sure sooner rather than later that he doesn’t get behind or unnecessarily struggle at a school that has a reputation for being rigorous academically.

I just feel if I don’t get involved, something will go wrong, and he will miss a valuable opportunity.

Concerned Mom in Baltimore

Dear Concerned Mom:

Knowing how much to help is a tricky balancing-act for both of you.  You don’t want him to slip, especially without a safety net. But the only way for him to gain confidence is to believe that he doesn’t need the net, even though you know that people are there to “spot” or catch him if he does fall. However, you should not be one of those catchers. Read More →

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Zero Gravity Learning: Baltimore Teacher Goes to Space Camp

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 19, 2013 10:00am

Aklog in a aerotrim, a machine used for testing astronauts. Photo courtesy Honeywell.

Aklog in a aerotrim, a machine used for testing astronauts. Photo courtesy Honeywell.

Every year, a few dozen specially-chosen educators get to go to space. Okay, well, space camp. Baltimore Fishbowl caught up with Tamirate Ajkig, a science teacher at Digital Harbor High School who was one of the special few who got to spend a week at Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

What was a typical day like?
The days were brutal! We’d wake up at 6am and might not get finished until 8pm. After a quick eat-and-run breakfast, we had classroom activities, simulations, team-building exercises, tours, and guest lecturers. We learned about everything from rocketry to robots to designing curricula.
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Catch of the Day

It’s Maryland Wine Week (Special Attn: Teachers!)

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 14, 2013 1:32pm

Maryland Wine Week

catch of the day fish (2)No, we’re not just calling for teachers’ special attention because they could all surely use a drink right about now. We’re spreading the word because it’s Maryland Wine Week, and one feature of that (out of many) are Teacher Appreciation Days at some local wineries. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s Father’s Day, too. We know. And of course there are plenty of local wine events geared toward honoring dad. But come on! We gotta give it up for the teachers, too. Looking for other specialized wine affairs? There’s Women & Wine night, movie nights, pets with disabilities night (yes, really), and more. And with the wealth of Maryland wineries—each with its own personality and specialty, surely there is at least one event tailored just for you. For example, we’ll be first in line at the Yard Sale and Wine event, and we’ll be incognito at the Grateful Dead tribute show. Read More →

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