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Lauren Hill

January 2, 2015

Want Passion? Re-Think the School Day


We all know school can bore students to death. OK, not actual death, but something that looks and feels much like it to a kid. Bill Ferriter reminds us in his blog, Being Responsible for Teaching the Bored, that students who follow their passions, learn. Yet, how can teachers carve out time in the school day to guide students through the thoughtful, and sometimes arduous task of finding those passions, much less to pursue them?

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Ariel Sacks

December 8, 2014

Kevin Spacey, the Binge-Watching Phenomenon, and Teaching Whole Novels


I think Lost was my first binge-watching experience eight summers ago. I felt how different it was to watch a long series at my own pace, but I didn't think much about it. I was too fixated on what the heck was up with that island!  But as I binged more recently on House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and other favorite "television" shows available through Netflix and my cable TV's On Demand feature, I made the connection. Binge-watching an entire season of a series is much like plowing through a compelling novel. You pick it up and put it down as you please.

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Justin Minkel

October 23, 2014

The Data Dagger: Why Policymakers Need Student Stories


Test scores are a means to an end. For many power players in education, test scores have become the end in themselves, with devastating results.

Part of our job as teachers is to remind policymakers that children are far more than the sum of their data.



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