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Advice to Myself as a New Teacher


Dear Mr. Barnwell (version 2004),


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?"


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


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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John Holland

March 20, 2014

Questions about Standardized Testing: A Discussion Post


The testing season is upon us. I can feel the stress tick up a notch and I don’t even test my students. We use anecdotal records to assess our students’ development. However, in my school, we have already had a pep rally for one content area of standardized testing. My students sang our class theme song, “You Can Make It If You Try”, to the students who were going to take the test.

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Megan Allen

March 18, 2014

Guest Blog: This is What I Am


This week, I'm proud to have one of my great colleagues and friends, David Bosso, as a guest blogger. David has been researching the impact of education reform on teachers and presents a summary of his findings below. On a personal note, one of my most amazing students in my Children's LIterature class at Mount Holyoke College was one of of David's former high school students in Connecticut. I love the circular and unexpected nature of life! 

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John Holland

March 17, 2014

9 Takeaways of an NBCT from the Teaching and Learning 2014 Conference


Nine years ago, I attended the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards conference in Washington, D.C. It was the most important thing I have ever done, after becoming an NBCT, for my professional soul.

I just got back from this year’s conference, and it was awesome. It was the conference I hoped to attend nine years ago. Here are my nine takeaways from the 2014 Teaching & Learning Conference.

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Bill Ferriter

March 13, 2014

Is Stocking Library Shelves with Nonfiction Content a Waste of Money?


I've been thinking a lot about the school library this week and I've come to a conclusion that might just be half-baked and is definitely going to rile more than a few book lovers up:  The cash that schools spend stocking nonfiction titles in the library is wasted and would be better spent on classroom devices that can be used to access the web.

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