Stop, thieves! Bring back my van...and my profession: Part II

Part 2 of 2 (Read Part 1 here) 8:00 a.m. Dilapidated vehicles line the Dart Street impound like crumbling headstones in a graveyard. I don’t see my…


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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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Do unions benefit education?

This piece was originally published on EdNews Colorado. I’ve been on strike twice in my life, both times when I was a truck mechanic and a member of…


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More on developing EVERY formative assessment together

Yesterday was a pretty terrific day of learning for me. After writing my bit answering a reader's question about whether or not learning teams should…


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Should #atplc teams develop EVERY common formative assessment together?

After reading my bit on the role that common assessments should play in an #atplc school, KHC stopped by and asked: Bill, by common assessments, do…


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If Sal Khan says he’s teaching, are students learning? [Achievement vs. Learning]

Hey John, Your last post on here where you discuss the intricacies of teaching and learning as a balance makes great sense. These days, the buzz…


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A teacher's "night before the first day of school"

‘Twas the night before the first day of school, and all through the teacher’s head, ran thoughts of last-minute planning and jitters as she prepared…


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Don't teachers atrophy too?

On the tread mill the other day reading Born to Run – a New York Times Bestseller about an underground ultra-marathon that took place in the Copper…


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Stop, thieves! bring back my van…and my profession!

Part 1 of 2 My cell phone vibrates on a July morning in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I am meeting with five colleagues who, like me, are serving as…


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Guest post: PD for the teachers by the teachers

Rachel Beerman teaches seventh grade American History at a middle school in Brooklyn. Previously she taught at an Expeditionary Learning K-8 school…


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