On experience and commitment

A little word about commitment... When I started teaching, I never knew I'd be a career teacher. I wanted to work with kids, but I wasn't sure how…


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5 reasons to find a virtual community now (part 1)

By Rod Powell Rod Powell, an NBCT with 24 years of experience, teaches history at Mooresville Senior High School in Mooresville, North Carolina. He…


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Creating room for humanity in ed policy

I’ve been in a very meta-aware state since I went back to teaching after being an administrator. The experience of supporting and supervising…


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Time to check out Finland

I just had to pass on this quote from CTQ colleague and fellow Bank Street alum Todd Sutler, who recently visited schools in Finland as the kickoff…


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Digital project gone awry? It’s OK!

One of my most precocious sixth-grade girls shook her head and looked at me with wide blue eyes.  “Mr. Kinser,” Ashlyn said, “I don’t understand a…


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Read this: A teacher's critique of federal Project RESPECT proposal

My NYC colleague Stephen Lazar has published a thoughtful response to the US Department of Education's (ED) Project RESPECT proposal in SchoolBook:…


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What do test scores really mean?

As a parent (my husband and I have raised 11 children—all of whom attended public school), I always had questions when the school gave us the results…


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More important things to do with student writing than just grade it

A recent study by University of Akron comparing the scoring of student essay writing by computer software programs versus that done by "trained human…


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Why I NEVER recommend teaching as a profession

I came to pretty startling realization this week, y'all:  If I had it to do all over again, I'm pretty darn sure that I wouldn't choose teaching as a…


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Read this: Should we accept Common Core Standards?

After reading this fascinating post by Anthony Cody, and hearing same concerns from many others, I want to know from teachers and parents around the…


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