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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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José Luis Vilson

January 30, 2014

Who Watches The Watchtower? (On Teacher Leadership in NYC)

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Last week, I had the honor of speaking to superintendents and network leaders of NYC schools as part of an NYC Department of Education expert series. They asked Barnett Berry and Ann Byrd to lead a workshop on teacher leadership around the themes of the book Teacherpreneurs. As one of the teachers in the book, I had a chance to expound on the themes of the book, not as a puppet for any entity, but as a real teacher working in the schools.

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Sandy Merz

January 30, 2014

Q & A With Justin Minkel, Part 1

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Not long ago teacher leader Justin Minkel proposed that we have a conversation through our blogs. In the first round, I sent him some questions, the answers to which you'll find below and in my next post. He'll publish my answers to his questions later this month.

My first two questions were about teachers' pedagogical belief systems and political associations.

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Renee Moore

January 29, 2014

A Mama Riffs on Testing

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Fawn Johnson, editor over at the Education Insiders Blog of the National Journal.com, posed several questions to us about standardaized testing, and she approached them not just as an education writer, but also as a mother. Here's my response to her which is cross-posted at NationalJournal.com/Education Insiders.

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Bill Ferriter

January 28, 2014

Should We Be Engaging or Empowering Students?

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One of the themes that I've spent the past few days wrestling with is the difference between engaging and empowering our students. It's a theme that Scott Glass and David Jakes touched on early in their Saturday Morning #educon session and it's caught legs in Twitter -- starting more conversations than pretty much every strand dropped in the stream over the weekend.

Here's my initial thinking, expressed in note form:

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Ariel Sacks

January 26, 2014

Should Teachers Acquire Funds for Classroom Resources?

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Teachers, have you utilized donorschoose.org to fund supplies for your classroom?  Have you mused about launching a Kickstarter or other crowdfunding campaign to fund technology for your students? If so, I understand where you're coming from. But lately I've been having a hard time wrapping my brain around that reality. 

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Rob Kriete

January 26, 2014

Dressing up the Common Core

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I’ve always understood the adage, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”  I get it.  Dress nicely and people will notice.  Yet, I find that I have had the fortune of consistently having the job I wanted.  From my humble beginnings as a teenager delivering newspapers via an old bike and a milk crate to working as a teacher leader (and teacherpreneur!) helping students and collaborating with educators, I have been blessed with finding jobs that I thoroughly enjoy. 

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