Does this Dave guy ever have any fun?

For over a year, I've been writing about school reform and education policy.  If you've been following these posts, you know that I teach at a high…


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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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Am I a proctor or a teacher?

This post was originally published on EdNews Colorado. I have a confession to make: I love data.  As a literacy teacher, I feel traitorous saying…


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When should you block a Twitter user?

It's been an interesting few days in my Twitterstream, y'all.  I've been engaged in a bit of a digital slugfest with a guy I'll call Conner in the…


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Extended school day: Extended dilemma

August. It’s the beginning of the school year. Smelly markers, chart paper, class rosters...bring it on! I was pumped and eager to begin my new…


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Powerful Learners meeting in Philly

I am really honored and excited to be part of this great meeting sponsored by Powerful Learning Practice. Here's part of what's planned: Inspiration…


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Turning on the lights for better school reform

In my last post about the tyranny of "data-driven decision making," I wrote about my adventures in data-driven hotel navigation.  At the end of that…


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A tale of two systems, Part III: teacher as student

This post was originally published on EdNews Colorado. To follow the whole series, read part one and part two. Sometimes I think there is no better…


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How guaranteed and viable is your curriculum? [Handouts]

Simple Curricula Truth #1: Curricula developed at the state and/or federal level are almost ALWAYS stuffed with far more content than any teacher can…


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Tired of the tyranny of data

Note: I originally wrote this post a month ago, but in the meantime lost my computer. Last night, I woke up in my hotel room and I needed to use the…


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