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The Tempered Radical

Bill Ferriter

June 18, 2016

Five Lessons I Learned from My Dad.

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Father's Day Weekend is always a mixed bag of emotions for me.  

Given that I am the proud father of a six year old girl who loves her Dad times ten, I will spend most of my weekend smiling.  There's just something beautiful about the effort that six year olds put into showing you that they care.  Whether she makes me a hand-drawn card, whips up a special father's day breakfast of cookies and Capri Suns, or just wants to cuddle on the couch for a while, I will feel the joy that comes along with being the Dad of a daughter!

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Bill Ferriter

May 7, 2016

The Best Feedback is GATHERED, not GIVEN

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All y'all know that I've been completely consumed by reimagining the role that feedback should play in the modern classroom, right?  I've been reading darn near everything written by experts like Dylan Wiliam, Grant Wiggins, John Hattie, Rick Stiggins, Jan Chappuis, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey.  More importantly, I've been tinkering with the feedback practices in my classroom for the better part of the past four years.

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Bill Ferriter

May 3, 2016

This is Why I Teach: Watching Kids Learn

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Over the last few days in class, my students have been working on an activity designed to introduce them to the similarities and differences between elements, mixtures and compounds.  It's pretty dry stuff, to be honest -- and the chances are that no matter how successful you've been in your life, you probably couldn't tell me much about the concepts that my kids are expected to master before the end of our matter unit.

That's the worst part of teaching a subject like science.  

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