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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.

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An Opportunity to Share My Voice

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Los Angeles high school student Maria Urquilla describes what a class trip to Washington D.C. taught her about the importance of student voice.

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Why Every School Needs to Require Tandem Bike Riding

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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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José Luis Vilson

August 28, 2012

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free [On dress code]

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John, Edutopia has blessed me with a spot on their blog as a guest writer, joining the likes of Elena Aguilar and Heather Wolpern-Gawron, both teacher leaders at the Teacher Leaders Network. I gotta say, I’m pretty excited considering most of my posts either focus on edu-wonk / policy or a specific article / trend [...]

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Ariel Sacks

August 28, 2012

Two Common Core blunders to avoid—and how to do it

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We all have heard that the Common Core ELA Standards specify more non-fiction reading skills than state ELA standards appeared to do. In a workshop I attended on Implementing the Common Core, the presenter stated that approximately 70% of what students read at school should be non-fiction. Here it is a little bigger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There's nothing wrong with this, except I've already seen it misapplied two different ways:

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Renee Moore

August 26, 2012

Teaching the art of respectful conversation

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My friend and fellow TLN blogger, Bill Ferriter, shared the events and the thinking that led him to recently block someone on Twitter. Not only was the post classic Bill in its transparency and thoughtfulness, but also it required a courage we see too little of in social media. The courage to admit that rudeness is not okay, and that it is not only possible, but necessary to hold one another to standards of conduct.

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John Holland

August 26, 2012

Students lost in intention translation

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Jose- Your thinking along with Ilana Horn’s about Khan Academy and achievement versus learning sparked a thought for me. I have often seen this this similar mis-assumption about behavior and communication. Often teachers in younger grades are expected to adopt a “behavior plan” from day one. This usually includes a nominal nod to student ownership [...]

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Bill Ferriter

August 25, 2012

When should you block a Twitter user?

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It's been an interesting few days in my Twitterstream, y'all.  I've been engaged in a bit of a digital slugfest with a guy I'll call Conner in the interest of protecting his identity. 

Conner saw a Tweet sharing a Darcy Mullen bit on the rationale behind flipping learning spaces that referenced me and started throwing haymakers about the complete uselessness of flipping -- and of the educators who are exploring it. 

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Jessica Cuthbertson

August 25, 2012

Am I a proctor or a teacher?

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This post was originally published on EdNews Colorado.

I have a confession to make: I love data.  As a literacy teacher, I feel traitorous saying such a thing.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love words and poetry and prose too, but data is so …neat.  Evenly-spaced rows on spreadsheets, columns of numbers, levels and layers, bar graphs, line graphs – documents that appear organized and precise and usable.  Even if they aren’t.

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Megan Allen

August 24, 2012

Extended school day: Extended dilemma

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August. It’s the beginning of the school year. Smelly markers, chart paper, class rosters...bring it on! I was pumped and eager to begin my new journey in fifth grade.

After being on personal leave for a year to work as the Educator in Residence at the University of Central Florida, I was ready to dive back into classroom life. I missed the hugs. I missed the struggles. I missed the camaraderie. I missed my little learners...it was time to return to the place that I loved.

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