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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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Bill Ferriter

April 18, 2012

Will $75,000 REALLY change your principal's leadership skills?


Sweating my way through a workout the other day, I stumbled across an article titled Getting Principals to Think Like Managers in the Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.  Considering that nearly every expert on the 21st Century principalship would argue that leading schools is about WAY more than "managing," the title caught my eye. 

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Dan Brown

April 14, 2012

The five worst things a teacher can say to students


It is much easier to destroy than to build. Teachers work with young people, and they are fragile works-in-progress. A rash or unfeeling word can undo so much of the trust and growth that we strive for. 

As the year winds down and spring fever kicks in, some of us may be feeling weary. Yet no matter what happens, there are some words so destructive that they should never be uttered by a teacher. 

5. “I know this may seem pointless but we have to get through it…” 

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Bill Ferriter

April 13, 2012

Are kids REALLY motivated by technology? [Slide]


One of the arguments that educators often give for integrating technology into the classroom is that 21st Century kids are more MOTIVATED by digital lessons than the old school practices we were all raised to know and love.

But is that REALLY true? 

Are today's students -- who have grown up connected and who often have devices dropping out of every pocket of their backpacks -- more motivated by the gadget-happy lessons that define many of today's "tech-savvy" classrooms?

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