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On the Shoulders of Giants

Ariel Sacks

December 30, 2012

Get observed teaching by someone with no teaching experience?

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I was about to write a searing post about an organization I knew next to nothing about, but upon looking further, I've changed my opinion. Here's the chain of events leading to a new conclusion. 

Basically, I saw a job post on Idealist.org by a non-profit organization called Turnaround for Children, looking for:

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Ariel Sacks

December 29, 2012

Teacher's journey to discover what sticks with students

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Florida teacher of fifteen years, David Menasche, has brain cancer in advanced stages. At the end of years of treatment, he's decided to spend what are likely his last days traveling the country, meeting his former students. He wants to see what became of them and find out what kind of difference he made in their lives.  

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Ariel Sacks

December 28, 2012

Extremes of constructivism and data driven instruction: Dream meeting?

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Fellow transformED blogger and co-author of TEACHING 2030Renee Moore, makes an argument in this recent post, Learning Unchained, for getting rid of class schedules and grade levels! I've heard Renee talk about this before, and as jarring as this may sound, I totally agree with her.

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Ariel Sacks

December 27, 2012

2013 ed policy wish: Change "Obama's approach to education"

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I woke up this morning from a strange dream in which my students were participating in a presentation on "Obama's Approach to Education." I was upset because I had planned to teach classes that day, only to find my students had gone to this bizarre assembly—and I had not been invited.

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Ariel Sacks

November 30, 2012

My co-teachers weigh in on whole novels

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I'm writing a chapter of my book on Whole Novels—in which students read an entire novel more or less on their own before having substantive discussions about it—about support and differentiation for diverse learners. The classes at my school could not be more diverse with reading levels spanning from second or third grade through first year college. It's rewarding and mind-blowing!

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