Back to school tip: Plan your hydration!

So it's the season for back-to-school tips, and I'm going to jump in the conversation with my most recent adult learning. Confession: I rarely ate…


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Does this Scholastic mailer bother anyone besides me?

As I was cleaning out my school mailbox today, I stumbled across the following mailer from Scholastic -- the ever-popular book and magazine company…


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New-teacher induction, Part 1

I'm back to work a week early.  My school district asked me to coach our new social studies hires prior to the start of the school year.  We spent…


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Read this: divided we fall

There's an African proverb that goes: When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. Veteran education reporter, John Merrow, examines at least…


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Two Common Core blunders to avoid—and how to do it

We all have heard that the Common Core ELA Standards specify more non-fiction reading skills than state ELA standards appeared to do. In a workshop I…


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You might be in the first week of school if...

The first week of school is such an exciting time—full of hopes, dreams, innovation, and fresh starts. I found myself chuckling throughout the week…


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Two Common Core blunders to avoid—and how to do it

We all have heard that the Common Core ELA Standards specify more non-fiction reading skills than state ELA standards appeared to do. In a workshop I…


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Khan Academy: Teaching as explaining or teaching as inspiring?

Jose- I just had to figure out what Khan Academy is about so I went onto youtube. If the stuff I found is any indication of the quality of Khan…


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Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free [On dress code]

John, Edutopia has blessed me with a spot on their blog as a guest writer, joining the likes of Elena Aguilar and Heather Wolpern-Gawron, both…


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Teaching the art of respectful conversation

My friend and fellow TLN blogger, Bill Ferriter, shared the events and the thinking that led him to recently block someone on Twitter. Not only was…


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