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Joseph Bolz

July 29, 2016

The pre-work: the me work (Social Justice Roundtable Post #3)

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We all want to be that teacher. The fact that you’re spending time right now reading about what it means to incorporate social justice in your classroom means you want to be better. Not that you’re not good right now – you’re actually great. And now you want your students to change the world (and don’t we all!) and you’re ready to put in the work to teach them how to change the world. And I applaud you for that… But…

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Jessica Cuthbertson

July 28, 2016

How Teachers Can Benefit From Virtual Learning Communities

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This past spring CTQ hosted a blogging roundtable focused on the value of VLCs. We asked the question: how do (or how might) VLCs impact our profession? You can read the full post, a synthesis of this roundtable (with lots of links to individual blog posts) in this EdWeek column.

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Barnett Berry

July 14, 2016

How principals can support teacher leaders: Lessons from Glenn O. Swing Elementary School

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Ali Wright used to believe that the best thing for principals to do to support teacher leaders was to get out of their way. Now she thinks differently. In this guest post, Ali takes us behind the scenes at a school where shared leadership is achieving impressive results. 

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Sandy Merz

June 4, 2016

The Only Class Rule You'll Ever Need

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Two and a half years ago, while reading Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess, I made his one class rule: Don't Be Mean, my one class rule. In the more than 2000 class periods since then, I've had to call for administrative help with an unruly student exactly one time. As this year wound down, I asked students to name the best and worst things about the rule. Below are the most representative of their replies. 

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Sandy Merz

May 30, 2016

Virtual Learning Communities and the Adjacent Possible

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When I started teaching in 1987, many colleagues had an "EZ-Grader" - a cardboard device they used to calculate a student's percent on an assignment by matching up the number of correct answers with the total number of problems. And by-golly, you can still buy an EZ-Grader for under $2.00.

Then came the 90s and as the world moved from atoms to bits, electronic grade books became one of about a billion adjacent possibles, and most teachers trashed their EZ-Graders. (Seriously, who actually buys an EZ-Grader in 2016?)

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