Koonlaba: What do you think about visual art and poetry (aka arts integration)?

I just read a blog post by Alycia Zimmerman titled, Ekphrasis: Poetry About Art, and I really learned something new. I had no idea what ekphrasis meant before reading. The post defines this word as “writing about any art form, but in its modern usage, ekphrasis generally refers to poetry that reflects on visual art, and most […]

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Open Mic Q & A with MS Legislators and University Higher Ed 

This is a very brief summary of what was discussed during this panel session, and it may have errors. I apologize in advance. People talk fast. Video of the full panel discussion will be made available by Representative Hughes after the conference is over.   (From Left to Right) Senator Bill Stone, Marshall and Tate […]

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Koonlaba: Mississippi Whole Schools Initiative Hosts Successful Summer Institute

Last week, I attended the Mississippi Whole Schools Initiative’s Summer Institute, appropriately titled Believe in Something Big. The Mississippi Whole Schools Initiative is a “comprehensive statewide arts education program, that uses the arts as a vehicle for promoting high-quality instruction and learning for students in all disciplines. This unique program goes far beyond “art for […]

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New national report investigates teacher evaluations; MSEdBlogger key writer

The Network for Public Education published a report today entitled “Teachers Talk Back: Educators on the Impact of Teacher Evaluation.” Tupelo teacher and MSEdBlog editor Amanda Koonlaba was one of the eight educators who wrote the report. The “Teachers Talk Back” report chronicles a study from the fall of 2015, in which NPE investigated teacher turnover and frustration […]

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Koonlaba: What do you think about these ways to never praise a student?

I recently read an article titled, 3 Ways You Should Never Praise Students. I can’t remember how I stumbled across this post from 2012. However, since reading it I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the way I use praise in my classroom. In fact, it was so thought-provoking I shared it in my […]

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DAILY JOURNAL: Video games used to encourage reading

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – By reading more books, members of one Tupelo Boys & Girls Club will get to play more video games. The Haven Acres clubhouse will be participating in “Game on for Literacy,” the platform of Miss New South Hannah Whitlock, who will compete for Miss Mississippi this June. She […]

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THE ATLANTIC: Punching Above Their Weight in Mississippi

A treat for Mississippi readers: The work of MSMS students in Columbus has been featured in The Atlantic, a national literary and cultural magazine with over 400,000 subscribers.   Mississippi schools come in #49 in many national rankings. Read these essays and poems by high school students from Columbus, Mississippi. Then tell the folks who […]

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JACKSON FREE PRESS: Casey Elementary State’s Only National Blue Ribbon School

Casey Elementary School students, faculty, parents and community leaders gathered outside the school’s front doors in north Jackson this morning to honor its designation as Mississippi’s only 2015 National Blue Ribbon School with a ceremonial flag raising. Students recited both the Pledge of Allegiance and their school pledge—the promise that students and faculty make to […]

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