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Bill Ferriter

September 1, 2012

Are we asking the right questions?

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Spend any time in the professional development sessions that start every school and you're bound to come to a painful realization, y’all: Schools – and the parents, practitioners, principals, and policymakers who support them – have a dysfunctional relationship with answers.

“What kinds of patterns can we find in the wrong answers that students gave on the end of grade exams?” we ask at the beginning of every school year.

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Dave Orphal

August 29, 2012

New-teacher induction, Part 1

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I'm back to work a week early.  My school district asked me to coach our new social studies hires prior to the start of the school year.  We spent three days together talking about curriculum, classroom management, and building relationships in the classroom. In the next few posts, I'll share some reflections on this experience.

Day 1

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José Luis Vilson

August 28, 2012

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free [On dress code]

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John, Edutopia has blessed me with a spot on their blog as a guest writer, joining the likes of Elena Aguilar and Heather Wolpern-Gawron, both teacher leaders at the Teacher Leaders Network. I gotta say, I’m pretty excited considering most of my posts either focus on edu-wonk / policy or a specific article / trend [...]

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Ariel Sacks

August 28, 2012

Two Common Core blunders to avoid—and how to do it

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We all have heard that the Common Core ELA Standards specify more non-fiction reading skills than state ELA standards appeared to do. In a workshop I attended on Implementing the Common Core, the presenter stated that approximately 70% of what students read at school should be non-fiction. Here it is a little bigger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There's nothing wrong with this, except I've already seen it misapplied two different ways:

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Megan Allen

August 28, 2012

You might be in the first week of school if...

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The first week of school is such an exciting time—full of hopes, dreams, innovation, and fresh starts. I found myself chuckling throughout the week as I mentally compiled a list of things that are part of our common experience in education during those magical first days. 

You might be in the first week of school if:

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John Holland

August 26, 2012

Students lost in intention translation

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Jose- Your thinking along with Ilana Horn’s about Khan Academy and achievement versus learning sparked a thought for me. I have often seen this this similar mis-assumption about behavior and communication. Often teachers in younger grades are expected to adopt a “behavior plan” from day one. This usually includes a nominal nod to student ownership [...]

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Dave Orphal

August 26, 2012

Does this Dave guy ever have any fun?

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For over a year, I've been writing about school reform and education policy.  If you've been following these posts, you know that I teach at a high school in Oakland, California.  You definitely know about my feelings about high-stakes testing, teacher quality, and public education reform. However, you might have asked yourself, "Is there anything to this guy other than work and education?"  Frankly, sometimes I (and my wonderful wife) ask the same question.

In this post, I would like to offer you a glimpse of my silly side, or at least a look at my favorite hobby.

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Renee Moore

August 26, 2012

Teaching the art of respectful conversation

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My friend and fellow TLN blogger, Bill Ferriter, shared the events and the thinking that led him to recently block someone on Twitter. Not only was the post classic Bill in its transparency and thoughtfulness, but also it required a courage we see too little of in social media. The courage to admit that rudeness is not okay, and that it is not only possible, but necessary to hold one another to standards of conduct.

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Jessica Cuthbertson

August 25, 2012

Am I a proctor or a teacher?

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This post was originally published on EdNews Colorado.

I have a confession to make: I love data.  As a literacy teacher, I feel traitorous saying such a thing.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love words and poetry and prose too, but data is so …neat.  Evenly-spaced rows on spreadsheets, columns of numbers, levels and layers, bar graphs, line graphs – documents that appear organized and precise and usable.  Even if they aren’t.

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Bill Ferriter

August 25, 2012

When should you block a Twitter user?

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It's been an interesting few days in my Twitterstream, y'all.  I've been engaged in a bit of a digital slugfest with a guy I'll call Conner in the interest of protecting his identity. 

Conner saw a Tweet sharing a Darcy Mullen bit on the rationale behind flipping learning spaces that referenced me and started throwing haymakers about the complete uselessness of flipping -- and of the educators who are exploring it. 

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