Disease, Meet Antidote

Over-testing is more than a burden. It’s a disease, and its symptoms have infected the school day itself. Here’s an antidote to one of those…


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Staying In Touch

"They have been out of the classroom too long." "They are out of touch with how it really is." "They should spend a day in my room and then try to…


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Note to Principals: Stop Spending Money on Technology.

Did y'all see this bit in yesterday's #edtech Smartbrief?   It details the plight of the Decatur County Schools, who are facing huge cuts in Federal…


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TWO WORDS! Specific Feedback

I used to write the words a lot, a lot. I mean, like all the time. When I was in high school, I’m fairly certain I had some kind of aversion to the…


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How ARE Principals Spending their Time?

In yet another example of the beauty of Twitter as an information stream, I stumbled across this research report yesterday detailing the results of a…


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A lesson plan for family engagement

What can we do to in teacher prep to better prepare teachers to engage with families? I spoke to Melissa Erickson, Executive Director of the…


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Selma: Teaching Critical Skills

If it’s current and controversial, it’s a lesson plan.  The controversy that caught my eye this week was the complaints of historical inaccuracy…


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Becoming a Teacher is Becoming More

Over 20 years ago one of my high school teachers said something to me that still rings in my ears. How do we respond to those who tell us they are…


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My Longstanding Beef with Instructional Leaders

If you have followed the Radical for any length of time, you know that I can ruffle feathers with the best of them.  I've scrapped with everyone from…


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What Our Student Writers Need From School

This guest post is from my Collaboratory colleague, Jennifer Henderson, who shares an experience with a "giant" and touches on an issue I'm becoming…


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