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Ariel Sacks

November 30, 2012

Bank Street blogs: Sharing wisdom with wider audience

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I loved and benefited from my teacher education at Bank Street, but I was always frustrated at the fact that more people did not know about Bank Street's approach. So I'm really excited to see that the graduate school of education is now blogging! Now anyone who wants to can benefit from the thinking at Bank Street about developmentally meaningful education for children and the teaching practices that create it.

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Ariel Sacks

November 30, 2012

My co-teachers weigh in on whole novels

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I'm writing a chapter of my book on Whole Novels—in which students read an entire novel more or less on their own before having substantive discussions about it—about support and differentiation for diverse learners. The classes at my school could not be more diverse with reading levels spanning from second or third grade through first year college. It's rewarding and mind-blowing!

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Bill Ferriter

November 30, 2012

Shameless Self-Promotion in Education's Social Media Spaces

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Poking through my feed reader last weekend, I stumbled across a provocative Chris Wejr bit questioning whether or not social spaces were becoming nothing more than online popularity contests where people spend more time pimping their own ideas than they do listening to -- and learning with -- others. 

He writes:

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John Holland

November 25, 2012

Thankfulness for 25

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Jose – This year our family decided to re-brand thanksgiving “Thankfulness Weekend” by trying to appreciate each other and our lives as much as we can. We spent some time Thursday at the river and cuddled on the couch for a movie after dinner. On this same note, several of my friends have spent the [...]

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John Holland

November 21, 2012

Intangible data

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Jose- Thanks for pointing out Sabrina’s Good post. I would not have caught in the midst of my daily grind and finishing up my graduate work. The key phrase I took away from her post was when Sabrina said, “the education-supporting public more generally must become more comfortable with ambiguity and unknowns.” I don’t necessarily [...]

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Ariel Sacks

November 19, 2012

What's working: The silence of everyone reading

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The silence of everyone reading 

at once

is not a fearful silence,

but one more like flying... 

breathing air of the same room/ 

different worlds;

the language is more influential

even than our eyes.

Who does not belong here?

Only maybe me—

standing at the runways

directing lift-offs and landings

and staying out of the way

of the silence of

everybody reading

 

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Jessica Cuthbertson

November 17, 2012

Teachers: We're in It for the outcomes

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Recently, a teacher friend posted this on Facebook: “Teachers – we’re not in it for the income, we’re in it for the outcome.”

After a long, hard week, it was just the sort of cliché I needed to read, “like,” and re-post. I needed to remind myself of my purpose in this complex profession.

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Bill Ferriter

November 17, 2012

Answering Chris's questions about student friendly learning goals

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A few years ago, I wrote a bit on the steps that my learning team has taken to convert the clunky objectives in our state curriculum into learning goals that parents and students could actually understand. 

The process was INCREDIBLY important and INCREDIBLY rewarding because it forced our team to REALLY look carefully at what the state expected us to teach to our students. 

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