Three #edtech Tools Worth Exploring Right Now

An interesting email landed in my inbox the other day.  A middle school teacher from California asked me what #edtech tools I was planning on using…


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Does Your School Have A Brand?

Paul Barnwell wonders about school reputation and the various ways to build a "brand." One way? Through supporting innovative teacher leadership.


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@#$$%$#@: Dealing with Profanity in Student Writing

What happens when the real narratives get a bit too real?  How do you deal with student's use of realistic language in short stories and creative…


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Unintended Consequences of Short Line Thinking

Many of us know the commercials where someone drinks something, then smacks his or her head, and says,  "I should have had a V8."  The point, of…


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How I am learning to give up control and trust my students

This summer I was in the AVID Summer Institute and I raved on this blog about the awesomeness that is Socratic Seminar. Well, our first week back to…


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Lessons Schools Can Learn from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Let me speak the truth for a minute:  June and July are terrible, horrible, no good, very bad months for NFL fans.  There's LITERALLY nothing worth…


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What I did on my summer vacation

“There are three reasons why I love being a teacher,” goes the joke. “June, July, and August.” I, and numerous other teacher bloggers, have written…


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What does the 2015 PDK/Gallup Poll tell us about teacher leadership?

Findings from the recently released 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll suggest that the public strongly trusts teachers to make their own judgments. So why…


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Are My 8th Graders Smarter Than The Heath Brothers?

Chip and Dan Heath have written three bestsellers that teacher leaders everywhere should read and apply. My eighth Graders are giving them a run for…


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Preparing to Drive Route 2015/16

Meeting a new group of students is like starting a road trip on an unfamiliar route in an unfamiliar car. There is great potential...and a little…


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