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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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