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Renee Moore

October 6, 2013

Taking Charge of Our Own PD


One of my favorite professional development (PD) opportunities of the year is coming up, appropriately, during Connected Educator Month. The K12 Online Conference is an annual, virtual event organized by and for teachers. It’s a free and convenient way to get relevant, innovative, classroom-proven ideas from teachers around the U.S.

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Renee Moore

September 30, 2013

National Board Begins Countdown to Change


Count this as a news flash:

The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is going through a necessary (and some would argue, overdue) period of transformation. By 2017, NBPTS will complete a major revision of the process making it more affordable, more accessible, and more efficient.

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Renee Moore

September 15, 2013

Can We Test Better?


Editor Fawn Johnson, at the National Education Insiders blog has given us another set of great questions to debate this week, and as usual,  I want to share the questions and my response with the readers of TeachMoore.

The topic is the debate around testing that will accompany the Common Core Standards in states across the country. Johnson’s specific questions included:

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Renee Moore

September 9, 2013

Learning from Our Elders--About Using Social Media



                I chuckle when I see yet another tweet or blog comment disparaging veteran teachers as technophobes resisting the use of social media in the classroom. What would these stereotypical thinkers make of the grand dame of educational use of social media: Dixie Goswami?

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Renee Moore

September 3, 2013

How NOT to Rate a College

This piece is cross-posted at National Education Insiders page in response to the following question from editor Fawn Johnson: What would we learn if a public dataset existed for all colleges in the United States that showed tuition costs and graduates’ average starting salaries by major? Is it fair to rank colleges using such data? Is there a better way to gauge the value of college?

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Renee Moore

August 18, 2013

Getting Ready for School


School starts here on Monday, and normally I would be on an adrenalin rush the week before, getting final details ready for my classes. It's something similar to the nesting urge I got just before my children were born. 

But this year is going to be different. 

For one thing, I'm recovering from pneumonia, and there's a good chance that for the first time in 25 years, I will miss greeting my students on the first days of school. 

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