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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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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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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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John Holland

August 30, 2014

Flipped Classroom Perspective


 At this time of year, I find myself orchestrating a return to a sense of awareness of the perspectives of others. When I am at home (in between conferences, family visits, and trips) over the summer, I often revert to a more natural state of being. I know who I am, what I am feeling, where I need to be, and how to meet the needs of my family.

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