Don’t Ask Me If You’re Going To Summer School [TransformED]

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My new post at The Collaborateurs explains a situation that happens too frequently to us during this time of year: Their absences weren’t insignificant, the lack of work is made more obvious by everyone else’s full portfolios, the same trends happen across their subjects, and just getting them into class almost doesn’t feel worth it. That hurts. We have an ideal for trying to get every child to graduate and …

Emphasize The TEACHER In Teacher Leadership

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I wrote a little something here as a thought on teacher leadership. Check it at the Collaborateurs: That’s why I ought to start capitalizing the word “teacher” in the phrase “teacher leader.” The term “teacher leader” is so ubiquitous, you can’t help but wonder if people even know what it actually means, or at least have characteristics in mind when they think of TEACHER leadership. We can knock out a …

Tyrann Mathieu at the NFL Scouting Combine

The NFL Draft Has Lots To Teach Administrators [Edutopia]

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Here’s my recent article comparing the way the NFL recruits players in their scouting combine to what public education currently does. Stats and Equations vs. the Team as an Ecosystem Trying to develop equations for player effectiveness doesn’t always work well. ESPN tried to develop its own quarterback equation, but found it wasn’t that simple. Each throw a quarterback made or run he scored on needed additional eyes to assure …

The Alchemist

Born To Do This Shit [On Personal Legends and Teaching]

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“You have 135 minutes left on this test. Are there any questions?” After a quick pause, I said, “You may begin.” As the students got to work on this section of the test, I began to reflect on my life as a teacher, and came to realize that, yes, I was born to be in a classroom, teaching. The set of students in front of me, a gathering of opted-out …

The Stakes Is High For Assessment [Collaborateurs]

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In my latest post at the new Collaborateurs blog (formerly known as Future of Teaching), I bring up a small group of people (including Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, David Johns) to task about assessment: It’s not that I disagreed with him per se. While the argument he made was generic enough that everyone could agree, I felt the general tenor of …

Freestyle Week: Just Getting To The Test Is A Challenge [Common CorrrUGH]

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This week, I’m writing blog posts based on people’s submissions to my Facebook page right here. My second one is based on online friend Theresa DeVore’s suggested title, “How can we keep our compassion in this era of high stakes accountability? When told to make sure test scores are raised but in the classroom students are not motivated. I have had to personally remind myself that I teach children and …

Oscar Wilde

For Students, No Success Goes Unpunished

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It started from the first time teachers found out I could read above grade level. The kindergarten teacher, Ms. Greene, calls on some of her colleague to watch me read a book, where they marveled that I already knew how to enunciate words a few grades above grade level. My first grade teacher, Mrs. Klein, already heard about the wunderkind going to her class after an accidental switch to a …

Another Countdown To The Statewide Math Test [OMGWTFGAAAHHH]

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Tomorrow, thousands of New York City teachers return to work from a well-deserved extended break. For me, it just felt good putting my feet up, reading novels, sipping iced coffee, and spending time with my family without having to tell them, “Alright, time’s up, I got things to do now, move along now, thank you.” Going back to work is bittersweet at best, headache-inducing at worst. Teaching tomorrow is the …

My Exclusive Interview with The Amazing Robert J. Marzano [Edutopia]

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Last week, I got an exclusive interview with Robert J. Marzano, Ph.D on his latest book, The Art and Science of the Art of Science of Teaching, Leading, and Instructurizing. Here’s an excerpt: The Art and Science of the Art and Science of Teaching, Leading, and Instructurizing: How Everyone with a Thought About Education Can Affect Students Even a Little Bit2 takes a hard look at learning from the perspective …

My Philosophy On Math Pedagogy, And Other Tidbits [Edutopia]

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Here’s an excerpt from my latest at Edutopia (including a diss on Robert Marzano and the like). It’s about engaging math teachers: Keep This Rule of Thumb: Complete, Consistent, Correct By “complete, consistent, correct,” I mean we should allow multiple pathways to a correct answer that a) allow for full understanding of a given procedure, b) can be used time and again without fail, and c) actually have a sound …