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Advice to Myself as a New Teacher

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Dear Mr. Barnwell (version 2004),

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How Should Learning Teams Choose Essential Outcomes?

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One of the questions that I'm often asked in #atplc workshops is, "How should our learning team identify the essential and nonessential standards in our curriculum?"

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Chào mừng bạn đến Quốc Hoa Kỳ (Welcome to the United States)

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Opening up my e-mail and sipping on my third coffee of the morning, I read the following message:

“Hello teachers.  Please welcome a new 10th grader, Ngoc Trinh, coming to us from Vietnam. We will have to do our best to support this student with her limited English skills.”

“Uh oh…” was my first thought. 

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Jessica Cuthbertson

April 15, 2014

Apples & Oranges: Why This Year's State Test Was a Waste of Students' Time

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Last week a group of CTQ-Colorado teachers attended and offered comments at the State Board of Education meeting. The following post is a written version of my remarks. While the board passed a symbolic resolution (in a 4-3 partyline vote) to withdraw from PARCC, one state board member boldy and publicly supported the standards and advocated for the aligned system our students deserve. If we must insist on a standardized test, I want the best one for my students. Core advocates (and skeptics!) -- I hope you'll park your thoughts on PARCC (& Smarter Balanced) here. 

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Renee Moore

April 10, 2014

What Should and Should Not Change About National Board Certification?

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Most of us who have completed the National Board Certification process agree that is one of the most significant, transformative experiences of our careers.

We would also be the first to point out that the process could be better.

Until this year, the entire process was paper-based, starting and ending with a big, blue and white box.  The process is very long and labor intensive on the candidate, processing staff, and scorers, which is why it is also very expensive—more than board certification for other professions.

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Sandy Merz

April 7, 2014

Common Core Math Instruction: Managing a Tri-polar System

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I first saw it on Facebook.

A parent's letter to a teacher suggesting that the method used to teach subtraction was unnecessarily complicated and that an alternative approach was readily available.

Next, I saw State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal answering questions about education in Arizona. A whiteboard with lots of Xs, Os, and arrows was propped against a chair off to the side. I thought it was a football play. But then a mother held it up explained it was how her child's teacher explained simple computations. 

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