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On the Shoulders of Giants

Ariel Sacks

March 9, 2014

Teacherpreneurs Panel and How We Benefit Students

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On the Teacherpreneurs Panel this week at the Ford Foundation, I found myself in the unusual situation of speaking publicly about the intricacies of engaging in a range of leadership work in education while teaching full time. Normally I’m talking to people who know me in one capacity or another—as a teacher, a teacher leader, teacher-blogger, author, or workshop presenter—but being asked about the connections between all of these things was unique. 

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Ariel Sacks

February 16, 2014

Teacher Authors--Are Your Books "Big Brother-Proof"?

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I've recently had the opportunity to speak with two different English teacher authors, who've written books about teaching methods. Hearing the perspectives and stories of people who have vastly more experience than I do in territory I'm just entering, as a new teacher-author, is inspiring and intriguing to me.

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Ariel Sacks

February 10, 2014

Guest Post: A Day in the Life of a No Excuses Charter School Student

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Are you familiar with the term "No Excuses," often used to describe a certain style of charter school education? If you're not in an urban area with significant charter school presence, you may have never encountered this brand, and you might want to read this post. Note that there is huge diversity in the educational approach and focus of individual charter schools, but many of the most prominent charter networks subscribe to a "no excuses" framework.

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Ariel Sacks

January 26, 2014

Should Teachers Acquire Funds for Classroom Resources?

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Teachers, have you utilized donorschoose.org to fund supplies for your classroom?  Have you mused about launching a Kickstarter or other crowdfunding campaign to fund technology for your students? If so, I understand where you're coming from. But lately I've been having a hard time wrapping my brain around that reality. 

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Ariel Sacks

December 25, 2013

More Homework Meme!

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Horray! I've been tagged in a blog Meme by Bill Ferriter (Tempered Radical), designed to spread a little writing fun and to allow us to get to know each other outside of our usual teacher-writer selves. (Before I could get my post up, I was also tagged by the fabulous Marsha Ratzel -Reflections of a Techie- and Briana Crowley-Red Pen Confessions.) So now that I've had a chance to catch my breath and relax after a killer week leading up to the holiday recess, here I go with my blogging "homework."  And then I get to tag some others..hehe. 

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Ariel Sacks

December 17, 2013

Guest Post: Lea Jones on Teaching Whole Novels

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Several months ago (before the publication of my book, Whole Novels for the Whole Class), I received an email from Lea Ellen Jones, a literacy facilitator for grades K-5 in Arkansas. As Lea describes in her post below, she had read my article in Ed Week, Reading Fiction Whole, and was interested in trying out the whole novel approach. I answered her questions and a few months later, she wrote this fabulous reflection on her process trying a whole novel study with 5th grade ELA teacher, Carla Nelson.

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Ariel Sacks

December 5, 2013

Assessment Formats Benefit Some More Than Others

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This evening I stayed late at school grading my students' post-it note responses to Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. [My school has shifted to a standards-based grading system this year, so I now give two grades for each assignment--one for work habits/effort, and the other for achievement.

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