Teacher evaluation is fatally flawed

Are you ready for an interesting admission:  I don't think I'm a very effective classroom teacher. Crazy, huh? How could a guy who has earned broad…


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New York City, put the weapon down and step back

***UPDATE Fri. 10/22/10: Resistance worked. Score release delayed.   New York City is about to follow Los Angeles’s lead and publicly release…


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On reading, memory and the new generation

I've been thinking lately about how much memory is involved in the process of reading, especially in reading a story. I've been discussing this with…


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Read this: Report says we need smarter teachers

For some time, I've been hearing (and doubting) the argument that the majority of American teachers were themselves lower academic performers, than…


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Cool idea: Ed Week's teacher book club

The folks at Education Week and Teacher Magazine have a great idea for those of us who don't have time to gather in living rooms over coffee, cokes…


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Report says we need smarter teachers

For some time, I've been hearing (and doubting) the argument that the majority of American teachers were themselves lower academic performers, than…


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Waiting for the real superman

A post by teacher Susan Graham, who blogs at Teacher Magazine, was picked up by the Washington Post yesterday. Graham proposed that the new school…


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More on classroom walkthroughs and teacher evaluation

After I wrote my recent bit on classroom walkthroughs and checklist leadership last week, I turned my computer off and headed out of town for a…


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Fixing our schools requires more than hiring smarter teachers and firing incompetent ones

As the film Waiting for Superman has reinvigorated efforts to fire incompetent teachers and hire smarter ones, some research paints a different…


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Get amped for first period: Music for the commute to school

When I taught in New York City, I took the subway to work so I read books pretty much every day during the commute. Now, like most teachers, I drive…


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