PD you actually want–The together teacher

This year before school started, my school hired Maia Heyck-Merlin, who often refers to herself "The Organization Lady," to offer teachers a great PD…


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Teachers can do harm

I spent time over the weekend with a recent graduate from an Ivy League university. He’s a brilliant, articulate, cosmopolitan guy who I am confident…


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What do a lion, the NY Post, Rakim, and I have in common?

We are all mentioned in Jose Vilson's TedX-NYED talk on teacher voice.  Thanks, Jose. You put so much out there in this talk, actually letting people…


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Valuable professional learning discussions

One might not find it unusual to find a group of teachers chatting about learning. Recently I was in a virtual room of nearly 60 amazing teachers…


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Teacher voice actually matters [Open thread]

First, let me show you all the premiere of my TEDxNYED video on teacher voice: Teacher voice isn’t something we can ignore anymore. The time has now…


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Going too easy on our changes: Teachers and doctors "affective errors"

Teachers make an uncountable number of decisions. Many of those decisions relate to how hard to push our students and how much leeway to grant…


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School leadership is A LOT like lifeguarding [Slide]

Just finished whipping up a new slide based on a Doug Reeves quote in Finding Your Leadership Focus: (download slide and view original image credit…


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Taboo topics for student writing?

Here's a question. I allow my students to read books that deal with taboo topics (such as drugs and teen pregnancy) and contain occasional curse…


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The best idea in education: Developing families center in Washington, D.C.

The longer I work with 11th and 12th graders (this is my 5th year), the clearer it becomes to me that education really begins when a child is in the…


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What can voucher fans learn from the Space X Mission?

As a science teacher, I've spent the better part of the past week pretty darn geeked about the launch of Space X's Falcon rocket and Dragon capsule…


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