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Between Passion and Possibility: Creating My Dream School

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You never know when your possibilities will unveil themselves to you. I’ve told children that for 17 years. In January, I began to live my own.


An Opportunity to Share My Voice


Los Angeles high school student Maria Urquilla describes what a class trip to Washington D.C. taught her about the importance of student voice.


Why Every School Needs to Require Tandem Bike Riding


One of the major benefits of marrying a teacher is the fact that we share a summer schedule. This summer, our schedule found us on Sanibel Island, FL. My husband, Paul, had mentioned riding a tandem bike on several occasions, and given that the number of bikes matched the number of people on the island, we went with the “why-not-today” philosophy.

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Rob Kriete

July 14, 2014

Common Core: Putting Students on Paths to 21st-Century Success


A little more than 20 years ago, I graduated from college with a degree and an eagerness to help students. During my time as a camp counselor, I had the opportunity to work with young people, so I knew I possessed two gifts: the ability to reach young people and enjoy the intrinsic reward of their successes.

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Julie Hiltz

July 14, 2014

The Standards: Moving from "Common" to Dynamic Learning


There’s been a lot of discussion about the Common Core standards in my state—and school—this year. As a teacher and a parent, I’ve heard conversations from a variety of stakeholders surrounding the standards: concerns about what and how students will be taught, who controls the curriculum, and whether the standards will live up expectations. Not surprisingly, many of those discussions have been contentious.

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William  Tolley

July 14, 2014

NEH Seminars: The Thinking Teacher's Solution to Summer


Starting in May each year, our Twitter and Facebook feeds, email inboxes and professional journal subscriptions fill up with the annual, “How to recharge your career over summer!!” posts and articles. Sadly, in the current climate, these well-intentioned guides tend to ask the impossible of teachers by cajoling us to simultaneously, “Read, rest, improve practice, socialize with adults, research your craft and rejuvenate!!” Right. It’s a summer, not a sabbatical.

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Bill Ferriter

July 13, 2014

My Beef with the Gamification of Education.


I bet that some kids will LOVE having the chance to save the rock guitar playing Elegast from Apeirogon the dark wizard in The Land of Venn.  But I'd love to see those same kids saving their own communities from the metaphorical Apeirogon's that we wrestle with on a daily basis.

Doing so would leave them more than engaged.  It would leave them empowered.

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Dave Orphal

July 11, 2014

Evaluating Teachers Part I: Getting Rid of a Bad Teacher


My friend is being fired from her teaching job.

As sad and sympathetic as I am for my friend, I cannot say that I am surprised.  I’ve known this teacher for several years, and I’ve seen the burn-out coming for the entire time of our friendship.

This teacher has been using language like “those kids” and “the kids” for a long time.  Listening to her refer to students like this, as opposed to talking about “my kids,” is a red flag for me.  I know that when I stop referring to my students as mine, then I’m flirting with burn-out and with phoning in my job performance. 

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