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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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Renee Moore

April 3, 2014

My Favorite TeachMoore Posts 2013

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Doing some spring cleaning, and going through my file of blog posts, I realized that some things I wrote in 2013 are really special, and worthy of revisiting. Join me, won’t you, and share your thoughts.

“It’s Not the Technology; It’s the Teachers”  - Oct. 20, 2013

Learning From Our Elders About Using Social Media – Sept. 9, 2013

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Barnett Berry

April 1, 2014

On unions and the future of the teaching profession

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I’m no blame-the-unions pundit. After all, management—not unions—have imposed many of the rules that stifle creative (heck, even just sensible) practices in schools.

But here’s the plain truth: it’s time for unions to innovate.

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Ariel Sacks

April 1, 2014

Testing Eve

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I almost didn't write about testing this year at all.  In fact, two reporters from prominent NYC news publications contacted me in the last week to talk about how I'm preparing for the NY State ELA test, which will take place over the next three days.  I didn't respond.  That wasn't because I don't respect the journalists or their need to cover standardized testing as news; I didn't respond because I felt I didn't have anything I wanted to say.  I don't mind tests in general, but I'm sick of this yearly game.

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Jessica Cuthbertson

March 31, 2014

Read the Book First! (Why Every ELA Teacher Should Read THIS Book)

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Spring Break: a perfect time to dive headfirst into a great professional read. If you have travel plans (or if you plan to stay in the comfort of your own home) check out Whole Novels for the Whole Class: A Student-Centered Approach by CTQ Collaboratory blogger and teacher leader Ariel Sacks. Her approach is guaranteed to invigorate your teaching practice and delight your students. 

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Renee Moore

March 29, 2014

If Digital Literacy is a Basic Skill, Who's Responsible for Teaching It?

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One of my students, a grandmother in her fifties, sat a full arm’s length away from the computer, recoiling from the mouse as if it were a snake. It was the first night of our Freshman Comp I class at the rural Drew, Mississippi campus of Mississippi Delta Community College, and I was trying to introduce her to our class website.

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Barnett Berry

March 26, 2014

The education riddle we must solve now

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Riddle me this: What is plentiful in schools but rarely utilized? What matters a great deal for children—yet carries little weight for policymakers? You guessed it: teacher expertise. 

A new survey reveals that only 32 percent of America’s teachers report their opinions are “heard and valued” at the district level, beyond their schools. And a miniscule fraction of the 20,000 teachers polled by Scholastic believe their perspectives are embraced at the state level (5%) and or national level (2%).  

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Jessica Cuthbertson

March 26, 2014

A Recipe for Home Visits: 1 Afternoon, 2 Neighborhoods, 4 Families & Frijoles

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Do you know where your students live, work, and play? Do you understand the communities your school serves? How have home visits supported your relationships with families and impacted your instructional practice? 

This is what I learned when I left my classroom for one afternoon to spend time in two different neighborhoods, visit four families, and eat lots of frijoles. 

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