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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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Renee Moore

February 14, 2014

Read This: THRIVE!


Our CTQ Collaboratory colleague, Meenoo Rami, founder of the wildly popular #engchat, has written a fascinating new book that is already creating quite a buzz.  Thrive: Five Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your TeachingThe book devotes a chapter to one of my favorite topics: the role of mentors in the teaching profession.

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Sandy Merz

February 11, 2014

Flowing Words in the Sea of Thought


Which comes first, the thought or the word? A favorite concept of mine, that I think I got from George Will, is that you can’t think something you can’t say. Argue the point if you will, but who would dispute that words can bind as well as liberate our thinking? That thought is as true in education as anywhere. The digressions that follow adhere to this theme.

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Ariel Sacks

February 10, 2014

Guest Post: A Day in the Life of a No Excuses Charter School Student


Are you familiar with the term "No Excuses," often used to describe a certain style of charter school education? If you're not in an urban area with significant charter school presence, you may have never encountered this brand, and you might want to read this post. Note that there is huge diversity in the educational approach and focus of individual charter schools, but many of the most prominent charter networks subscribe to a "no excuses" framework.

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