Upcoming conversation with Anthony Muhammad

Faced with constantly mounting pressure from parents and policymakers, leaders at the local, state and national level are constantly pushing for…


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Looking for standards in all the wrong places

Know that queasy feeling you get just before you throw up? I'm almost there with all these politicians harping about the need for national……


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Spotting the Elusive 21st Century student. . .

One of my former students who has moved on to 8th grade sent me the following email a few days ago: Mr. Ferriter, In science, we have been assigned…


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The times are always changing

The issue: How has teaching changed in the last 25 years? The date: On or about April 15, 2009 The setting: Three sagacious teaching veterans,…


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Birthday wish

So, I'm turning 30 this week. My 20's were great, but I'm glad to have worked out a lot of the existential turmoil that went with them and move into…


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Denny and the overpriced retreads. . .

Cranky Blogger Warning!  This post is a heavy dose of emotion mixed with a splash of rational thinking.  Take it for what it's worth, which may be…


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Still ready to rock and roll

In a fresh post at her A Place at the Table blog (Teacher Magazine), TLN Forum member Susan Graham highlights a new report urging America not to…


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Go tell it on the mountain

Have to share this wonderful story of what real education reform can look like. A school where teachers hold themselves to the highest standards…


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Arne's half-baked plan for fixing schools. . .

David Warlick---one of my favorite thinkers on the changing nature of education---was all over Arne Duncan's announcement this week that American…


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The power of looping with students (test scores included)

At the school where I taught for my first three years, I taught seventh and eighth grade each year. My seventh graders would move on to become my…


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