(Data) driven to madness

You can’t argue against being data-driven. Or the word accountability. They’re inarguable, above reproach, Teflon. So I’m trying to be data-driven. I…


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Highlight the ability in disability

Last week, during my usual Facebook perusals, I came across an interesting article by Wired about 12 rather shocking / radical ideas that may shape…


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Using microloans to learn about the world

I realized the other day that it’s been awhile since I’ve written one of my This is Why I Teach posts, and that’s a real bummer.  Stopping every now…


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Election 2008: A lesson on media bias

One of the best parts of the new school year is that my principal hired me for an extra month to drive a vision for 21st Century learning in our…


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My (current) data nightmare

So, I may be playing a familiar tune here, but I’m tired of being asked to work in new ways without being given the knowledge, skills, time and tools…


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The anatomy of a hoax website

One of the skills that today’s students need to learn--and that many schools fail to systematically teach--is how to identify hoax websites.  In a…


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More great start-of-year advice

In a recent Teacher Magazine essay, Maryland NBCT Ken Bernstein shares his Advice for New High School Teachers — underscoring the importance of…


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Leading roles

In its recent newsletter, the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) the Springfield (Mass.) school district which has implemented a new teacher…


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Medicine and education

At a recent trip to my primary care physician I am struck by how much his world and my care has changed in 10 years. Only a decade ago my Dr. had a…


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Lighting the fire

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." ~William Butler Yeats This summer my virtual colleagues on the TLN Forum shared…


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