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JohnNorton

January 8, 2010

Failure is inseparable from the joys of teaching

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In the midst of a difficult teaching year, TLN member Mary Tedrow has found solace in Thomas Newkirk's Holding on to Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones, which she describes as "a manifesto on behalf of quality instruction."

In a new essay for Teacher Magazine (free registration), Tedrow welcomes Newkirk’s recounting of classroom-proven literacy teaching principles, but she’s most taken with Newkirk’s message about teacher failure: It’s built into the work.

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Dan Brown

December 30, 2009

New teachers, you’re not alone: Pick up “See me after class”

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In my first year in the classroom, I felt like a failure almost all the time. I didn’t understand that this was normal, and as the months passed, I sank into ever-deepening whirlpools of despondence. 

Now, six years later, I have more experience, more perspective, and a supportive new school and principal. My craft still needs lots of work, but I know I’m making a positive impact and I feel successful pretty often.

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JohnNorton

December 15, 2009

Amplifying expert voices: Teachers' letters to Obama

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TLN Forum member Anthony Cody authors the blog Living in Dialogue, hosted at the Teacher Magazine website.

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JohnNorton

December 4, 2009

Testing industry misadventures

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Ken Bernstein's review of Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry will intrigue and very possibly disturb you, if you are an educator weathering the standardized testing storm. Check it out at the TLN Teacher Voices blog, where we regularly post reviews of professional books for educators, including recent commentaries on Detracking for Excellence and Equity; Protocols for Professional Learning, and A Sense of Belonging: Sustaining and Retaining New Teachers.

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JohnNorton

November 25, 2009

Once you're stuffed with turkey and dressing...

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Once you're stuffed with turkey and dressing and Uncle Earl has begun to repeat stories from his oh-so-distant childhood, push back from the table, excuse yourself for some "Internet research," and partake of these recent writings by teachers in the Teacher Leaders Network.  

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