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Rod Powell

May 1, 2012

5 reasons to find a virtual community now (part 2)

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By Rod Powell

Part 1 of this post was originally published on April 30, 2012.

Reason #3: Address Specific Challenges

Beginning to implement Common Core Standards was energizing, but it wasn’t without snags, sidetracks, and slowdowns. My virtual community helped sort out specific difficulties I had in putting the standards into action in my classroom.

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Ariel Sacks

April 30, 2012

On experience and commitment

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A little word about commitment... When I started teaching, I never knew I'd be a career teacher. I wanted to work with kids, but I wasn't sure how committed I was. Lately, when faced with the idea of leaving the classroom in favor of other opportunities, I feel an increasingly level of commitment to classroom teaching. The classroom is where the action is, like the foreground of the painting that is education. The background and setting and everything that goes into that is extremely important, but students and teachers are the main characters in the story—the protagonists, even.

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Ariel Sacks

April 30, 2012

Time to check out Finland

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I just had to pass on this quote from CTQ colleague and fellow Bank Street alum Todd Sutler, who recently visited schools in Finland as the kickoff to the Odyssey Initiative Project.  

He shared the following information from the trip:

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Ariel Sacks

April 29, 2012

Read this: A teacher's critique of federal Project RESPECT proposal

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My NYC colleague Stephen Lazar has published a thoughtful response to the US Department of Education's (ED) Project RESPECT proposal in SchoolBook: In new federal program to reward teachers, flawed assumptions. ED has been holding teacher roundtables across the country to share and receive feedback on the proposal, which calls for a transformation of the teaching profession.  

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Renee Moore

April 28, 2012

What do test scores really mean?

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As a parent (my husband and I have raised 11 children—all of whom attended public school), I always had questions when the school gave us the results of any standardized tests they had taken. What do these numbers really mean? What are you saying about my child? My concerns were compounded by my knowledge as a teacher of the problems inherent in this type of testing.

Consider this recent finding shared by Stephen Lazar in a recent blog on SchoolBook: 

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Bill Ferriter

April 28, 2012

Why I NEVER recommend teaching as a profession

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I came to pretty startling realization this week, y'all:  If I had it to do all over again, I'm pretty darn sure that I wouldn't choose teaching as a profession.

Don't get me wrong: I still love working with students. 

#alwayshave

#alwayswill

Knowing that each day brings opportunities to have an impact on lives really IS incredibly rewarding -- and every time one of the kids that I taught risks detention by sneaking out of the cafeteria to come and say hello, I remember that the work I'm doing matters.

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