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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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Lauren Hill

June 5, 2014

Student demands more support for standardized tests


How do you prepare students for the ACT or SAT?  I teach the concepts tested, and I try to familiarize students with the test format, but that's the extent of it for my Kentucky juniors.  For his final project in AP Language this year, one of my students took me to task on this point.  Read his article and let us know what you think:

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Ariel Sacks

June 2, 2014

2014 Bammy Awards and What It Means to Be Recognized


Yesterday, CTQ colleague Renee Moore tweeted a congratulations message to the 2014 Bammy Award Finalists, and tagged me in it, along with several of my favorite teacher-writers, Jose Vilson, Larry Ferlazzo, and Stephen Lazar... and that's when I saw that I, in fact, have been selected as a finalist for a Bammy Award for Middle School Educator of the year!

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Dave Orphal

May 30, 2014

#Yesallmen: UCSB, Misogyny, and Being a Male-Ally


This is a bit of a departure from what I usually write about, but I have some things I feel I need to say.  This post is not about the rampage in Santa Barbara.  Rather, it is about how this tragedy has rekindled conversations about misogynic aspects of American culture, and the “not all men” defensiveness I have seen in response to these conversations.

It is my belief that one if the privileges of being an ally is that I get to hear the stories that non-allies would refuse to hear.

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Ariel Sacks

May 30, 2014

Masters of Our Own Ships


In my previous post, I wrote about a valuable practice in reading intruction: reading alongside the students during independent reading.  Often an in-the-moment decision, reading alongside students can be used when the mood in the classroom is just perfect and joining in the reading makes more sense than disturbing students' reading, and other times when the mood is frenetic, and modelling silent reading is more helpful to students than any other measure. 

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Jessica Cuthbertson

May 28, 2014

What Two Phenomenal Women Taught Me


Today, the world lost a grandmother to us all.

This morning, when I learned about the passing of Maya Angelou, I immediately thought of my grandmother. While the two women experienced very different backgrounds and destinies, they are both phenomenal women—women who I look to as mentors—tangible examples of unconditional love and unwavering grit.

Who are your phenomenal mentors? Who in your own life is an example of the person you want to become? 

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