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What are You Doing to Encourage Curiosity in Your TEACHERS?

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In a response to my recent bit on the importance of encouraging curiosity in the classroom, an undergraduate education student going by LaurenUSA made


3 Things that Don't Suck about the Common Core Math Standards


We've all heard the complaints about Common Core math--from both parents and students. Here are 3 reasons why Common Core math is actually a GOOD thing for students.


The evolution of “grading” teachers


Why we need to reconsider the "value-added" that value-added measures supposedly lend to teacher evaluation.

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Noah Zeichner

July 5, 2015

Talking About Summer


My last day of school was June 17. In the days leading up to summer vacation, the majority of hallway conversations that I had with colleagues revolved around summer plans. At the same time, I couldn't help but notice a few snarky "Wow, it must be nice to have the summers off" comments from non-educators and even from one parent.

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Marcia Powell

July 3, 2015



There's a reason for that straight line, miss.  Don't cross over it and you'll be fine.

So here's my question:  do you cross the line, or not? What is your reasoning?  Is it valid?  Is it customary?  Can we paint over the line?  Drop it into a pot of boiling water so it bends and, like a spaghetti noodle, morphs into a curlique shape? Does the color of the line matter, or it the authority it represents something you believe in?

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Liz Prather

June 30, 2015

The Dylann Roofs I Have Known


In 1996, I assigned my class to read an essay by an African-American author and came face to face with racist resistance.  When I saw the arrest of South Carolina Dylann Roof for the killing of nine people, I recognized that face from many I had seen in my own classroom. 

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