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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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Rob Kriete

February 26, 2014

Whack-A-Mole and Master Teachers


I recently attended the eighth birthday of my one of my beloved nephews which was held at one of these “pizza and games” mega-centers.  The complex was a labyrinth of video games, air hockey tables, basketball shooting machines, and anything that can be fed a token.  Upon entering, my senses were overwhelmed by the cacophony of buzzers, beeps, sirens, horns, screaming children, hollering parents, and consistent announcements for individuals to pick up their orders at the counter.  The chaos and the stressful feelings of this scene somehow reminded me of my rookie classroom experience wherei

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Justin Minkel

February 26, 2014

Serenity, Courage, and the Wisdom to Know the Difference: Q and A with Sandy Merz, Part I


Arizona educator Sandy Merz is one of the most thoughtful teachers I have ever met. I asked him if he’d be up for doing an exchange of Q and A on our respective blogs, in the style of David Brooks and Gail Collins in the New York Times. This collaboration is the result. Part I includes Sandy's thoughtful musings on the Serenity Prayer in the context of teacher-led change.

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Bill Ferriter

February 22, 2014

This Is Who I Am.


One of the things that I hate about the "networked" world that we live in is that we often only "know" people through the posts they write or the Tweets they send out into the ether.  That often gives us a false sense of just who somebody is -- and when we're satisfied with that level of connection, we inadvertently lose out on the more human aspects of relationships.

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Jon Eckert

February 21, 2014

Five Reasons We Did Not Choose Teach for America


The impetus for this and the following post came from a conversation with one of my pre-service teachers. She expressed her frustration with having what she was doing as a Master of Arts in Teaching candidate de-valued by Teach for America on our campus. Disclaimer: some of the best people I know in education have entered the profession through TFA and remain in education, so this is not an indictment of all things TFA. These students’ response has its roots in being marginalized for investing time and resources in preparation.

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Jessica Cuthbertson

February 20, 2014

So You Want to Be a Teacherpreneur?


Have you ever dreamed of teaching and ___________ simultaneously? Is a hybrid role for you?  Do you crave release time to complete a meaningful project that you've been planning in your head for years? 

You may be a budding teacherpreneur if you find yourself affirmatively nodding to the following seven signs: 

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