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The Power of Collaboration: 3 Ways to Bring Teachers and Legislators Together


Collaboration is the key to success in any system. It's time to start bridging the gaps and creating opportunities for collaboration between all the stakeholder in our educational system.


It's Us, Not Them: How Student Failure May Reflect You


It was the first time there wasn’t a line in the ladies restroom, but yet my longest wait. We went from complete strangers to a teacher listening to a student in just three words, “Are you ok?”


Embracing the Summer Slide


The summer slide is so much more than just "not reading". Slip and Slide 4 copyright 2010 by Jeffrey Smith licensed under CC by-ND 2.0

When students come back in a few weeks, I won’t be so worried about how much they “lost” over the summer in terms of numerical ranges.  I’ll be more concerned about what they have gained in laughter and angst, identities they have tried on and discarded like last year’s trendy shoes.

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Megan Allen

May 14, 2014

Green eggs, brown eggs, and hatching teacher leadership

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Special thanks to Mount Holyoke College Psychology Visiting Assistant Professor Amy Grillo for her support and beautiful eggs, as well as Dr. John Holland from Viriginia Commonwealth University and Dr. Jon Eckert from Wheaton College for their research guidance and wisdom. 


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Rob Kriete

May 12, 2014

The Elephant in the Classroom


Regardless of our walk in life, we invariably encounter some frustration that we blame on the government, or more specifically, lawmakers.  Almost everyone has heard of a law that seems like some sort of punchline to an unamusing joke.  Florida urban legend has it that there is a law that says: “If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.”  An odd, but logical law, I suppose. 

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Ariel Sacks

May 12, 2014

What Teachers Want--Or So Say Students!


Teacher Appreciation Week is a time of mixed emotions. I can't lie-I thoroughly enjoy the perks; but ironically, the very existence of Teacher Appreciation Week seems to prove that we are more often not as appreciated as we should be. This week, as I found myself unexpectedly covering a silent study hall, I pondered what I might write to recognize the particular tension of TAW. As the period came to a close, I decided to see what my students might say about it, with no idea what I'd hear.    

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Paul Barnwell

May 11, 2014

Why We Need to Stop Preparing Students for the Future


I hear the phrase “I hate school” far too often. It pains me. It makes me wonder if, in our endless quest to raise academic achievement and prepare students for the future, we are inadvertently extinguishing real hope for sustained student success.

The value of learning right now is endangered for too many students, leading to many unintended consequences.

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Renee Moore

May 10, 2014

A Teacher's Appreciation of Her Week


It is not unusual for Teacher Appreciation Week to coincide with our last week of school here because we start in early August, so it’s also not unusual for it to be a hectic time.  Of course, those who know me know my life is pretty hectic any time. This week, however, set a new standard.

The lessons sandwiched between two family emergencies and my students’ final exams taught me some things that will forever make me a better teacher.

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Rod Powell

May 9, 2014

Why I'm a Common Core Renegade


This guest post appears in coordination with Teacher Appreciation Week and #TeachingIs, a social media movement seeking to elevate public perception of the teaching profession. Click here to learn how you can participate.

Education in North Carolina is at a turning point. Word on the street is that Common Core is in deep trouble here… I guess it all depends on what happens in our capital during the next few months.

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Cristie Watson

May 9, 2014

Five Expressions of What #TeachingIs


All professionals have jargon related to their work. Teachers are certainly no exception, with edu-speak, buzz words, and the “only-teachers-would-understand” phrases that come up around the ol’ watering hole (read: faculty lounge). Here are a few common phrases that offer a glimpse into what #TeachingIs.

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