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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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Bill Ferriter

February 20, 2013

TWIT: We REALLY DO influence our students


A few years back, I started a new category of posts here on the Radical called TWIT -- or THIS Is Why I Teach -- designed to serve as a celebration of the simple joys that come along with being a classroom teacher and a reminder to me that I really DO enjoy what I do.

I realized the other day that it's been a LONG while since I wrote a TWIT post -- and then the email below ended up in my inbox:

Dear Mr. Ferriter,

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Bill Ferriter

February 16, 2013

My middle schoolers actually LOVE our unit overview sheets!


How's that for an unlikely title to a blog post, huh?

I mean, when was the last time you stumbled across a middle schooler who LOVED -- all caps on purpose -- ANY handout that had to do with school?

But it's true: My students -- who I surveyed last week in an attempt to gather some feedback about the unit overview sheets that my learning team developed together -- really dig the tool that we're using to give them opportunities to reflect on what they're learning.

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Bill Ferriter

February 12, 2013

Sheriff Joe and his Segal-posses


I've intentionally refrained from writing about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary here on the Radical. Stories about teachers sharing their final moments cradling dying children are just too heartbreaking to really wrap my head around. 

But as the "arm-'em-all" attitudes continue to break loose in legislatures around the country, I'm finding it harder and harder to stay silent. 

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