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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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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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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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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Students lost in intention translation

Jose- Your thinking along with Ilana Horn’s about Khan Academy and achievement versus learning sparked a thought for me. I have often seen this this…


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