Student-created grading rubrics: Part 3

This is the final installment about a children’s book project in my Introduction to Education class. First, a Little Review About the Class Skyline…


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World lessons education reformers are overlooking

In "Overlooking Finland. And?" I pointed out that Shanghai actually has the highest PISA scores but education reformers in the United States seemed…


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Obama says "No dropping out until age 18" ... But here's how we will make it work

Last night in the State of the Union address, President Obama directly addressed the dropout crisis: We also know that when students aren’t allowed…


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The sad truth behind Mr. D's take on assessment

After my recent rant on the sad state of technology in schools, Gerry Varty -- a regular Radical reader and good friend working as an assistant…


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My top five teacher prep tweets

Dear Jose and John, Five tweets really caught my attention during our monthly #teaching2030 Twitter chat last Thursday evening. The chat has quickly…


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Real teacher views on ed reform shock ed leaders

Want to know what some of the best teachers in America told the NEA it needed to do to really advance the teaching profession? Here's a sampling…


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Must read: Why don't students like school?

I’m leading a faculty book club on Daniel Willingham’s Why Don’t Students Like School? The subtitle is a mouthful: A Cognitive Scientist Answers…


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The illusions of school choice

When I was in junior high school in Detroit (long before its current meltdown), my classmates and I were taken to a wealthy suburban public high…


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Why collaboration works In teaching

Both artists and scientists find collaboration essential to their development and craft. Since teaching is a mix of both, it should take its cues…


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Tool review: Posterous spaces

Our school has always required that teachers maintain websites as a tool for communicating with both parents and students.  For most teachers,…


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