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The Power of Collaboration: 3 Ways to Bring Teachers and Legislators Together

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Collaboration is the key to success in any system. It's time to start bridging the gaps and creating opportunities for collaboration between all the stakeholder in our educational system.

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It's Us, Not Them: How Student Failure May Reflect You

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It was the first time there wasn’t a line in the ladies restroom, but yet my longest wait. We went from complete strangers to a teacher listening to a student in just three words, “Are you ok?”

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Embracing the Summer Slide

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The summer slide is so much more than just "not reading". Slip and Slide 4 copyright 2010 by Jeffrey Smith licensed under CC by-ND 2.0

When students come back in a few weeks, I won’t be so worried about how much they “lost” over the summer in terms of numerical ranges.  I’ll be more concerned about what they have gained in laughter and angst, identities they have tried on and discarded like last year’s trendy shoes.

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Ariel Sacks

June 2, 2014

2014 Bammy Awards and What It Means to Be Recognized

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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

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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

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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

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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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Ariel Sacks

May 28, 2014

Under-Rated Teaching Strategy: Read Next To Them!

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It was fifth period, sometime last week (it's late May), and students should have been reading quietly.  Generally, I would be using this time to have conversations with individual students about their reading, check over their reading notes and give some quick feedback, or read aloud with a small group.  But on that day, I hadn't gotten into a groove with any of this. That was because at one table, a group of students had gotten themselves into their own groove of striking up a conversation every time I didn't have my eyes on them.

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