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Bill Ferriter

January 9, 2008

Random babblings 1: Gabcast, grading and the gladiators

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Alright y'all...I wanted to introduce you to a new type of post that I suspect that you'll see more of here in the Radical called Random Babblings.  Random Babblings are born from an all-too common problem in my life:  I can't stop thinking about teaching and learning, but I also can't find time to sit down and write more often!

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Bill Ferriter

January 7, 2008

The wrong set of digital lenses?

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Have you ever had one of those weeks where your mind is simply flying with thoughts about teaching and learning that just won't stop? 

Then you'll understand exactly where I am today!

You see, I've spent the past few weeks developing a course on blogging in education for the American company Pearson Achievement---and it's given me a chance to spend time studying some of the best bloggers and blog resources....all while getting paid!

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Bill Ferriter

December 30, 2007

Accountable or responsible?

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Having just returned from a quick holiday with family where I intentionally avoided my email account and The Radical, I was jazzed to see the conversation brewing in the comment section of my What I REALLY Reject post.  Thoughtful comments have been left by nearly a dozen readers that---as usual---are pushing my thinking about accountability in education. 

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JohnNorton

December 22, 2007

Demonstrations of good teaching practice

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We frequently receive emails from teachers and instructional coaches looking for detailed examples of exemplary teaching, supported by videos, teacher narratives and lesson/unit descriptions. Here are some excellent sources of such materials — our holiday gift to you!

Inside Teaching: A Living Archive of Practice

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Bill Ferriter

December 22, 2007

Happy tenth birthday, blogs!

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We reached a pretty neat milestone not long ago----The Tenth Anniversary of the phrase Weblog!

How has it changed teaching and learning in your school or community?

Want to know how blogging has shaped the lives of other educators from across the globe?  Then check out some of the comments left in this Voicethread presentation that I found on Celebrating Educational Blogging.

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JohnNorton

December 12, 2007

Working on the 'dropout factory' assembly line

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2007 might be described, in education circles at least, as The Year of the Dropout Factory, given the steady flow of think-tank reports, magazine features, and op-ed articles using that highly charged phrase.

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JohnNorton

December 10, 2007

Preparing the virtual teacher

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Ever considered becoming a virtual teacher? Holding school in your bedroom slippers may have some appeal to many teaching veterans, but for most of us, virtual teaching would require the acquisition of some pedagogical skills that John Dewey didn't anticipate.

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JohnNorton

December 8, 2007

Our TLN writers at work

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Among the recent noteworthy essays and blog entries written by members of the Teacher Leaders Network:

Students Can Do Hard Things -- Oakland CA science coach Anthony Cody shares several strategies he and his colleagues are using to teach students they are capable of so much more than they realize. (Teacher Magazine)

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