New tool for calculating participation grades (downloadable)

I've always struggled with calculating students' participation grades. I have experimented with rubrics for students to fill out for themselves or…


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What does Bank Street College know about preparing teachers? (VIDEO!)

The answer is a lot.  Check out the above video from Edutopia, that highlights how Bank Street empowers new teachers. With nearly 100 years of…


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On women's history and the teaching profession

It's Women's History Month and teaching has historically been a female occupation. How does that affect us today? I recently had a conversation with…


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Taking the #commoncore to Twitter

Each month our #teaching2030 Twitter chat draws an amazing group of thoughtful minds. This month’s chat on the Common Core standards was no…


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More on using digital kits to structure student projects

A bunch of Radical readers stopped by the comment strand of my recent bit on Google Docs and digital kits to ask questions about how exactly I use…


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Preparing for a moving target—NY state ELA test

When I wrote about my feelings preparing my students to take a practice reading test and what I would be doing "if the test wasn't coming," the…


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If the test wasn’t coming…(Part 2)

Even the most professional of us have to worry. In the midst of delicious dinners and good conversation, our day jobs can often worry us to the point…


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Teaching persuasion [Graphic]

In another instance of the role that a well-crafted Twitterstream can play in making your life easier, I stumbled across this great graphic yesterday…


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RESPECT: Will actions match words?

The merits of the Administration’s R.E.S.P.E.C.T. proposal are those ideas they have gotten from teachers, specifically from the recent Commission…


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Creating conditions for effective teaching

Late last week, in reading both an essay by New York Times columnist David Brooks and a report by a team of economists, I wondered when American…


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