June 4, 2015
by Dave Orphal
"Mr. Orphal, I've been in your room several times this year," said my new vice principal over at Skyline High several years ago. "Every time, the students look like they are working hard, but I've never seen you teach!"
Obviously, in my mind, he had.
For me, teaching isn't about me being on a stage. It isn't about telling the children what I know, in hopes that they will remember it come test day. I'm not interested in my students filling in the correct bubbles to show the powers-that-be what they remember from my lectufying.
May 25, 2015
by Liz Prather
Summer writing notebooks are a great way to stymie the summer slide. Create a space to record, observe, and create with the only requirement: fill up the book! This is a second of a three-page blog installment, Summer Suite: Read, Write, Listen
May 23, 2015
by Justin Minkel
Take a look at these darlings in their pajamas, then try to guess: Which six children did I fail?
May 21, 2015
by Jessica Keigan
As the class of 2015 graduates, here are some reflections on the challenges of this particular class and the value of knowing that everything can be revisited and revised.
May 3, 2015
by Cheryl Redfield
One teacher alone without support is not an ideal condition for teaching and learning. But it is an all too common occurence. Yet, it is easy to understand why peer-to-peer collaboration has been viewed as a more viable and sustainable way to increase efficacy in the classroom. Because, when it is all said and done, the truth is that we are more effective together than in isolation.
May 2, 2015
by Liz Prather
#TeachingIs messy. As much as I like to have all my boxes checked, columns straight, rows in line, I embrace the messy, fresh surprise of discovery, the unplanned moment of learning in the classroom.
April 27, 2015
by Liz Prather
CTQ blogger Sandy Merz recently posted “My Teacher Leader Manifesto” and challenged teacher leaders to write theirs. Instead of writing a manifesto, I decided to write a few thoughts about how one might become a teacher leader in his or her department, school or district. These are some of the steps I have taken to develop as a teacher leader.
April 13, 2015
by Megan Allen
I have been following, quietly, the prosecution (persecution?) of the Atlanta educators in the testing scandal. To find out more about the legal perspective, I asked my childhood friend Joseph Allen to guest blog. Joseph is a successful attorney, and (from what I remember from high school), one of the most intelligent people I know. Below are his comments. My heart and thoughts go out to the Atlanta educators, students, and families. I do not condone their actions, but by no means do I feel that they are receiving fair treatment.
April 6, 2015
by Renee Moore
Under the current state and federal educational policies, test scores are used to justify punishing schools and their students for being chronic underperformers BEFORE necessary steps have been taken to correct the profoundly unequal learning conditions deliberately created for the children in those schools.
March 27, 2015
by Tricia Ebner
As the seasons shift from winter to spring, many of us are headed into "testing season" in our schools. Several states are implementing new assessments this year, and these changes have resulted in teachers feeling increased stress and pressure. What should teachers focus on right now?