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John Holland

November 23, 2014

#ThankfulTeacher: Teaching is a daily realization


I am thankful to be a teacher.

The simplest answer to the question “Why?” Is because I love it.

I love it because...

It helps me to grow as a human being

It has created meaning in my life

It is a daily realization

It is not easy.

It is hard, disappointing, frustrating, and ultimately, powerful to make a difference in the life of a child.

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Renee Moore

October 1, 2014

Read This: Connecting Educators and Students


I've made myself all kinds of paper, post-it, and digital notes to participate as much as possible in this year's Connected Educator Month (CEM) activities (which kick off tomorrow).

I'm especially interested in the "Student Agency, Student Voice" thread. Here's the teaser:

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John Holland

September 26, 2014

What is a good school?


One of the things I love about teaching my college students in my Foundations of Education class is helping them to grapple with the same types of questions teachers everywhere ask themselves every day. It is one of the reasons I love the Collaboratory too. As a teacher in the transformed learning ecology we describe in Teaching 2030, I am continually transformed as I learn from from my students, just as the learn from me and each other.

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Sandy Merz

September 23, 2014

Arizona Rocks Teacher Leadership


If you see "Arizona" and "Education" in a headline, expect bad news to follow. But not for long, given the rate that we are incubating, hatching, and nurturing teacher leaders.

In fact, as far as teacher leadership goes, Arizona is becoming a beacon unto the nation.

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Sandy Merz

September 8, 2014

Is Pay an Intrinsic or Extrinsic Reward?


I do wonder what input readers would offer to the topic. What motivates you - in the most general terms? What distinctions do you make between internal and external rewards? How actively do you pursue rewards for their own sake? How does pay figure into your calculations? And how does flow?

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