On the Count of Three, We Will All Change...One, Two, Three!

It was January and my most challenging of four classes--which came to me filled with a lopsided 23 boys and 5 girls--was still not coming together as…


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Who Watches The Watchtower? (On Teacher Leadership in NYC)

Last week, I had the honor of speaking to superintendents and network leaders of NYC schools as part of an NYC Department of Education expert series.…


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Q & A With Justin Minkel, Part 1

Not long ago teacher leader Justin Minkel proposed that we have a conversation through our blogs. In the first round, I sent him some questions, the…


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A Mama Riffs on Testing

Fawn Johnson, editor over at the Education Insiders Blog of the National Journal.com, posed several questions to us about standardaized testing, and…


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Teachers for the Day

   By Sophie Hastings and Lindsey Olsen The idea of working in a special needs classroom intimidated the heck out of Lindsey.  Before the big day,…


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On-Demand Writing Assessments: A few examples

Helping students learn to write on the spot—on tests and in the 21st-century workplace? Sarah Goodis-Orenstein shares examples of on-demand writing…


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Should We Be Engaging or Empowering Students?

One of the themes that I've spent the past few days wrestling with is the difference between engaging and empowering our students. It's a theme that…


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Should Teachers Acquire Funds for Classroom Resources?

Teachers, have you utilized donorschoose.org to fund supplies for your classroom?  Have you mused about launching a Kickstarter or other crowdfunding…


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Dressing up the Common Core

I’ve always understood the adage, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”  I get it.  Dress nicely and people will notice.  Yet, I find…


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Why Educon Matters to Me

If you've spent any time reading the Radical in the past few years, you probably know that I'm your friendly neighborhood pessimist in most…


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