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Advice to Myself as a New Teacher

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Dear Mr. Barnwell (version 2004),

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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?"

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Chào mừng bạn đến Quốc Hoa Kỳ (Welcome to the United States)

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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 23, 2012

Responding to parents' criticism of their own children

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There is an excellent collection of discussions on parent involvement by many of my CTQ colleagues over at Ed Week Teacher's Teaching Ahead Roundtable: Is parent involvement the missing link in school reform? The bloggers respond to results of the 2011 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, which include perspectives of parents as well as teachers on a range of issues.

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Ariel Sacks

April 22, 2012

Must teachers keep quiet about the tests?

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Just read this great post by Anthony Cody: The pineapple story tests us: Have test publishers become unquestionable authorities? I just want to take a moment to say how uncomfortable I am with the fact that in NY, teachers are not allowed to discuss anything on the state tests so that passages and test questions can be recycled for use in future years.

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Ariel Sacks

April 21, 2012

My eighth graders and the pineapple question

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After day one of testing, I asked my students, "How did it go? What did you think?" They had just taken the multiple choice portion of the NY State ELA Exam that included The Pineapple and the hare story and the ridiculous questions that followed it. 

"That pineapple story was so weird! And the questions were even weirder!" students called out, eager to debrief.

"I said the moose!"

"Oh, I said the hare!"

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Renee Moore

April 21, 2012

A self-improvement guide: For teachers by teachers

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I just got my hands on an absolutely wonderful resource courtesy of Kathy Wiebke, NBCT and Executive Director of the Arizona K12 Center at Northern Arizona University.  Using the InTASC [Insterstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium] Model Core Teaching Standards, developed by the CCSSO, which are used in the accreditation of most public and many private teacher education programs, a team of 10 National Board Certified teachers created a

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Dave Orphal

April 20, 2012

Teacherpreneurs catching on in California, Part 2

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In my last blog post I talked about how excited the conference group was about the teacherpreneur concept. We talked about many different educational leadership roles to take on during our day, while still being able to teach children.

Unfortunately, every silver lining is wrapped up in a dark storm cloud. Even as we dreamed about the roles we would fill, we can also foresaw many pitfalls and hurdles that would be in our way.

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