Three tricks to retaining teachers

Have you ever noticed that the constant stream of articles about the teacher retention crisis in America's schools never really ends? Poke through…


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New slide: Understanding learning outcomes

Here's an interesting question for you:  If I dropped into your classroom tomorrow and asked your students what skills or key concepts they were…


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Once you're stuffed with turkey and dressing...

Once you're stuffed with turkey and dressing and Uncle Earl has begun to repeat stories from his oh-so-distant childhood, push back from the table,…


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A few of my favorite things

It's time to give thanks, and I am extremely grateful for some people who are doing wonderful things in education today. I realize I'm often guilty,…


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Giving thanks for tiny breakthroughs

Last year was my first at my current school, and private hand-wringing permeated the experience. Colleen (my wife) was masterful at talking me down,…


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Great expectations and the disheartened

After reading Nancy Flanagan's post at Teacher In a Strange Land about Public Agenda's report on Teaching for a Living: How Teachers See the…


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New slide: Digitally resilient

One of the first lessons that I try to teach colleagues interested in using digital tools in their teaching and learning is that they’ve got to…


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A room full of thinkers

Tomorrow I'll be at the NCTE convention in Philadelphia doing a poster presentation with my mentor from Bank Street, Madeleine Ray, on the Whole…


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Part 2: Using student responders responsibly

A wonderfully amazing thing happened here on Radical Nation last weekend.  Were you paying attention? You see, after I shared a response detailing…


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Will retiring teachers take all they know with them?

Here's one of a dozen comments posted on a recent Teacher Magazine article contributed by the Teacher Leaders Network."The Experience Factor"…


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