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The Tempered Radical

Bill Ferriter

December 5, 2015

Buy a Boy a Book for Christmas!

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For the last few years, I've been posting a list of books that middle school boys might totally dig as a public service to parents who are out Christmas shopping for their kids.  You see, I really DO believe that books should be under every tree simply because gifting books sends the message that reading is special -- and that's a message that every kid needs to hear.

So if you are the proud owner of a twelve-year old boy, think about picking up one of these titles.  They are guaranteed to capture your kid's attention and/or imagination:

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Bill Ferriter

November 18, 2015

Aliyana's Mindset Moment

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I've got a student this year -- let's call her Aliyana* -- who just plain makes me smile.  She's unique times ten -- comfortable being different and always ready to think creatively.  She's also super funny and super kind -- which means she's super well-liked by her peers.  In a lot of ways, she's the kind of kid that I hope my own daughter will become.

But at times, I think she doubts herself as a learner.

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Bill Ferriter

November 15, 2015

Three Lessons on Intervention from Mike Mattos and Austin Buffum

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One of the real treats of my work with Solution Tree as a Professional Learning Community Associate is being able to learn regularly from REALLY bright people.  Recently, I had the chance to hear Mike Mattos and Austin Buffum -- two of the three minds behind the RTI at Work process -- talk through some of the most important lessons that schools interested in intervention need to learn.

Here are three takewaways:

Tier 1 Intervention isn't really an "intervention" at all.  

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Bill Ferriter

November 10, 2015

Five Thinkers Every New Teacher Should Follow

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Months ago, a good friend named Jen Hasler-Troutman asked me to whip up a list of folks that I think all new teachers should follow -- either in Twitter or on their blogs.  She's a mentor this year and wanted to give her mentees a starting point for swimming in the digital soup.  I FINALLY got a few spare minutes to put that list together for Jen and thought you might like seeing it, too.

Five Thinkers Every New Teacher Should Follow:

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Bill Ferriter

November 3, 2015

Are We Too Busy Schooling?

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Blogger's Warning:  I'm cranky today.  That means this post is like 20 percent truth and 80 percent emotion.  Take it for what it's worth.

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Can I ask you an uncomfortable question:  How excited are your students about being in school?  Do they regularly get lost in their learning, surprised -- maybe even disappointed -- when the bell rings to end the class period or the day?  Can you feel a sense of relaxed joy when you walk into your building?  Do your students smile and laugh often?

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