The key to unlocking common core standards in mathematics

In the beginning stages of Common Core implementation for Mathematics, it is only natural for teachers to examine the shifts in content. We are…


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Teaching in the present tense

I have been working on building my educational writing portfolio for over a year now and am struck by how ed policy ebbs and flows. When I was asked…


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For Some Kids, Testing Has Unequal Consequences Too

Hey John, The testing discussion has reached an all-time high. Everything from the cheating scandals in Washington, DC and Atlanta to the Common Core…


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What Do You Want From Me?

Blogger's Note: I read a John T. Spencer bit a few weeks back that touched a bunch of emotions.  That's led to a bit of unvarnished truth that I…


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Three Tips for Building Teacher Buy In

A close friend who works in a leadership role in a local school asked me an interesting question this week.  "I just want to build something that…


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National Board Moving the Profession Forward

I’ve just returned from a meeting of the Board of Directors of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and I am thrilled about…


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Withering "Rhee-form"

Over the last week or so, there has been an unusual spate of news reports, research studies, and op-eds published suggesting that the current…


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Anti-Bullying PSA Lesson

Over the past few years, I've become convinced that today's kids are best motivated as learners when they are tackling a real-world issue in a…


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The Problem Isn't Assessment; It's The High Stakes

Hello John, Recently, I had a brief discussion with a new high ranking official about assessment. He told his followers that teachers seem to have…


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Common Core: friend or foe?

Common Core – a unifying force or another educational policy hoop to jump through?


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