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Ariel Sacks

May 22, 2015

Suggestions for Better Testing


"I'm vehemently against these standardized tests and all that they are used for," a veteran humanities teacher tells me. "But I'm willing to meet them half way if the test is at least reasonable." A lot of teachers I know feel this way. We know standardized tests don't measure the scope of our teaching or our students' learning in a meaningful way. We see them being used to scare, label and punish children and educators, and we oppose these practices on principle and for the sake of our students and profession.  However, we are not totally against giving a reasonable yearly standardized test in reading and writing. There are a few key changes that might make the tests themselves a bit more reasonable.

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Brison Harvey

May 5, 2015

Common Assignment: An Opportunity to Learn From Collaboration & Researched Practice


Over my short period as a teacher, I have heard so many teacher leaders in the profession push for more time for collaboration, more time to talk with one another, more time to reflect, and more time to grow. The need for more time is a constant theme, yet, few teachers get the opportunity to experience this dream scenario.

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