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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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Ariel Sacks

April 29, 2012

Read this: A teacher's critique of federal Project RESPECT proposal


My NYC colleague Stephen Lazar has published a thoughtful response to the US Department of Education's (ED) Project RESPECT proposal in SchoolBook: In new federal program to reward teachers, flawed assumptions. ED has been holding teacher roundtables across the country to share and receive feedback on the proposal, which calls for a transformation of the teaching profession.  

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Renee Moore

April 28, 2012

What do test scores really mean?


As a parent (my husband and I have raised 11 children—all of whom attended public school), I always had questions when the school gave us the results of any standardized tests they had taken. What do these numbers really mean? What are you saying about my child? My concerns were compounded by my knowledge as a teacher of the problems inherent in this type of testing.

Consider this recent finding shared by Stephen Lazar in a recent blog on SchoolBook: 

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Bill Ferriter

April 28, 2012

Why I NEVER recommend teaching as a profession


I came to pretty startling realization this week, y'all:  If I had it to do all over again, I'm pretty darn sure that I wouldn't choose teaching as a profession.

Don't get me wrong: I still love working with students. 



Knowing that each day brings opportunities to have an impact on lives really IS incredibly rewarding -- and every time one of the kids that I taught risks detention by sneaking out of the cafeteria to come and say hello, I remember that the work I'm doing matters.

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Bill Ferriter

April 24, 2012

Lessons learned about customer service from Skype


If you read the Radical at all last week, you know that my Skype account was hacked by a Chinese speed-dialer who racked up 13,000 minutes of calls in just over a month's time. 

The entire experience was a real let-down simply because Skype has played such an important role in my personal and professional life over the past several years.  With each interaction that they facilitated in my life, I grew to see them as much more than "just another service." 

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