Kendrick Lamar as MLK Jr.

Kendrick Lamar’s Control (Happy Birthday, Hip-Hop)

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“What are you listening to?” I know. I’m not supposed to have kids listening to their iPods in school. It was after the ELA state test, and they needed to decompress after another long period of little to no movement. “What do you mean, Mr. V?” “I mean, what are you listening to?” “You know, stuff.” “Stuff? Like, what kind of stuff?” “Umm, rap, you know …” as he waves …

Muhammad Ali, Convincing

Short Notes: I’m Not Burning My A-Rod Jersey

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A few notes: If every customer of McDonald’s paid 22 cents more for their Big Mac, their workers could make a much better wage overall? What are they waiting for?! [The Daily Beast] Dave Zirin writes a  great piece on why the MLBPA (the baseball players’ union) should back A-Rod, no matter what we actually think of him. [The Nation] A gay teacher loses his job after posting his wedding …

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The Difference Between “Best Practices” and Teacher Expertise [TransformED]

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My latest at TransformED. It’s been a long time, but I thought I’d share. Check this: Obviously, I would love for the students to prove me wrong, but in my experience, I haven’t yet. If anything, it tells me that, if I know the existing issues, I can spend more time working with students and getting deeper into my students’ academic and personal needs. Autonomy in teaching is slowly becoming …

Questlove, of the Roots

Short Notes: Intersectionality of Race and Gender via Questlove

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A few notes: This graphic is what I try to tell people about teachers. We work all summer, just not necessarily with kids. [Upworthy] I didn’t have the heart to read this before, but Questlove’s letter about “not being shit” resonated with me on a deep level. [NYMag] Jamilah Lemieux wrote a thorough critique of Kim Foster’s rejoinder of the aforementioned Questlove’s piece. [Ebony] Linda Darling-Hammond skewers the recent NCTQ …

MeetingRoles-Timer

#HerePastJune, A Primer On Teachers’ Summers [Collaborateurs]

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Here’s my latest at The Collaborateurs, where I discuss my reason for joining #HerePastJune, a United For Public Schools project: … we actually need to reconsider how we look at time in school. According to many reports (including some that US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan quotes), the United States already has the highest teacher-to-student time in minutes in the entire world. Where high-performing countries beat us (I won’t use …

Mona Eltahawy

Short Notes: With Tears and Cheers

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A few notes: Edutopia highlights five, count em, FIVE books I think you should read. Just go. Read em if you haven’t already. [Edutopia] When discussing the path of citizenship, this is what really matters. Five fifths human. [Los Angeles Times] The New York Times editorial board thinks there should be changes made to the way we treat schools in New York City, but don’t propose anything that takes it …

Iron Man 3

Please, Keep Writing and Teaching [Kick More Ass]

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Hypothetically speaking, let’s say you’re a blogger writing about education and a whole mess of other stuff that permeates the experiences you have as an educator looking inward and outward, trying to seek solutions to complex and amorphous situations. Let’s say you decided to look at the landscape of writing about education through this lens. You see messages and e-mails asking you why you put your name out there, no …

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 …

When It Comes To Testing, Kids Get Labeled Failures First

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In my new co-blog The Collaborateurs, I wrote a little bit about testing and race. Here’s a bit: What’s sometimes missing from this side of the argument is that the effects for students is much worse than for teachers. Obviously, the teaching profession has a long way to go before we have the right working conditions and respect from society to make this profession more … professional. On the other …