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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 15, 2012

If Sal Khan says he’s teaching, are students learning? [Achievement vs. Learning]

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Hey John, Your last post on here where you discuss the intricacies of teaching and learning as a balance makes great sense. These days, the buzz around edu-techers centers around three topics: MOOCs (massive open online classroom), flipped classrooms, and Khan Academy. I’ll try to kill all three birds with one stone (hoping it boomerangs [...]

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Bill Ferriter

August 14, 2012

Don't teachers atrophy too?

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On the tread mill the other day reading Born to Run – a New York Times Bestseller about an underground ultra-marathon that took place in the Copper Canyons of Mexico – I came across a truth that few weekend warriors probably realize: Running shoes are actually HORRIBLE for you.

“Putting your feet in shoes is similar to putting them in a plaster cast,” explains Dr. Gerard Hartmann, a noted physical therapist cited time and again in Born to Run.

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Jessica Cuthbertson

August 14, 2012

A teacher's "night before the first day of school"

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‘Twas the night before the first day of school, and all through the teacher’s head,
ran thoughts of last-minute planning and jitters as she prepared for bed.

The desks had been sanitized; the carpets had been cleaned,
a bright bulletin board announcing, “We are writers,” she had schemed.

As she snuggled under the covers she envisioned a year of learning,
all of the essays and projects she would grade, as ideas kept churning.

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Bill Ferriter

August 7, 2012

What DOES teacher leadership look like in an #atplc school?

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My good friend Brett Gruetzmacher -- who is a fantastic middle school #atplc principal in Indiana --dropped me a question in Twitter the other day that I figured I ought to answer here in the Radical. 

He wrote:

Bill. I am in the process of creating a PLC teacher leader philosophy/description. Do you have a Tempered post that discusses it? Take care. Brett

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