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John Holland

January 1, 2015

What was the biggest change in your teaching between your first and second year?


Recently I was asked this question, "What was the biggest change you made between your first and second year?" As I reflected on this I remembered how I struggled my first year. Although I was better off than some, due to several years experience as a substitute and an excellent teacher prep program at VCU, I faced difficulties.

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William  Tolley

November 16, 2014

Walking Together: Veterans Day Reflections


It has taken 25 years for me to learn, see and understand the lessons that being a veteran has to offer the teacher...I believe any soldier, when you ask him to think about it, will say that—among the weapons, tactics and parachute training—the key lessons learned stemmed not from the weapons, tactics and parachute training, but from learning how to trust and learn from others.

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John Holland

November 7, 2014

7 Ways edTPA Can Transform the Teaching Profession


Imagine an orchestra warming up for a performance. Every musician has a job, a specialty: tuba, timpani, and violin. The conductor taps his wand, and the orchestra starts.

But somewhere, in the brass section, there is a failure. The third trumpet is out of key, and the fourth trumpet starts playing music from the wrong page. The music falls apart.

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Cheryl Redfield

November 4, 2014

The Yellow Brick Road: Path of Teacher-led Reform


In teacher-led education reform, big hairy audacious goals need the support of a collaborative team. Team members contribute time, resources, talent and share in the tasks that otherwise would be an impossible lift for one person. But who should be on the team? and Why?  One theory suggests that every good team must have Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion. Why?

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