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Dan Brown

December 30, 2011

My education reading list in 2012


These books are burning holes in my shelf, just waiting for me to finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (I know I’m late to the party, but it’s pretty fantastic!) What education books are you looking forward to reading in 2012?

Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg

Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham

Why School? by Mike Rose

The Good School by Peg Tyre

Courageous Conversations About Race by Glenn E. Singleton and Curtis Linton

Tough Liberal by Richard Kahlenberg

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Barnett Berry

December 29, 2011

How teachers will rock the news in 2012


I may not always agree with Rick Hess—but there’s no doubt that his blog posts are worthy of attention. In “Ten Edu-Stories We’ll Be Reading in 2012,” Rick predicts headlines for the coming year. He foresees increased skepticism of Race To The Top reforms and Khan Academy’s video-based model of education. He anticipates GOP presidential nominees abandoning attacks on public education in a “push for moderates.”

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Bill Ferriter

December 23, 2011

What can YOUR students learn from the Romney Perry slugfest [Activity]


Not sure about you, but I've been following the Republican debates pretty closely over the past few months.  My main goal has been to get a sense for what exactly the Right is bringing to the table this year. 

While I typically lean left in my voting patterns, I'm as independent as they come -- and given the ridiculousness of ol' Bam's educational choices in the past four years, I'm more than a little disgruntled with the Democrats. 

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Ernie Rambo

December 22, 2011

Making a list


 A lot of people make wish lists this time of year. While working in my classroom, I find that I’ve been creating a mental wish list since the day that I started teaching. I’d like to think that my wish list is more of a common sense wish list than a luxury list! The students are working as hard as they can and they’re really a good group of kids, but there are a few things that never seem to change in our school system, no matter how much I wish that they would. In fact, if I were granted five wishes right now, here’s what I would wish for:

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