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I realized something this week: I have a deep-seated, unhealthy HATRED for paper.
Forms from the office, handouts from professional development sessions, and materials that need to be sent home to families sit in silent stacks on my desk, my counters, my backpack and my floor.
And that doesn’t even include the piles and piles of handwritten assignments that my 130 students turn in each week to demonstrate mastery.
Sure I’ve got folders and binders and file cabinets all neatly labeled and at the ready, but those neatly labeled storage systems are only useful if they’re close by when papers are given to me.
And sure I’ve got a wiki...
Good question, isn't it? And a question that I've asked myself about a million times as I've proctored my state's sixth grade reading and math tests considering how FEW of the questions on the math test -- my personal weakness -- I'm ever able to figure out.
More importantly, it's a question that I've wanted to see state policymakers -- who seem hell-bent on tying test scores to systems of teacher and student evaluation -- answer publicly.
I mean, seriously: If you are so flippin' confident that tests are a reliable tool for failing students and canning teachers, shouldn't you be willing to take those same tests and have YOUR results made public to the world?
Well, that's EXACTLY what Rick...
We're happy to announce that transformED has been nominated for a 2011 Edublog Award, in the category Best Group Blog. Voting is open through December 13 on the Edublog Awards blog. Make sure to check out the many other wondeful education-focused blogs that are also on the shortlist--it's great to be in such fine company. Many thanks to our writers and readers for getting transformED off the ground in its first few months! We're looking forward to an exciting future.
This post is part two in a series that offers an alternative to school reform that does not include a silver-bullet or fad diet.
I think that educational reformers spend way too much time focused on what's wrong in education. I think this is a problem for a couple of reasons.
First, focusing on what's wrong gets us into a negative mind space that warps our perception of the system. We end up thinking like a Dean of Discipline who spends her day, all day, dealing with the 15-20 children who are in trouble. From her point of view, it feels like all children are up to no good. This is because all of her experiences with children have been with those who were in trouble. When all we ever read about is what's wrong with public...
In response to a question from Education Experts blog at National Journal.com where this is being cross-posted, I'm giving myself permission to repeat myself on this issue, yet again.
The disturbing revelations from recent Education Department reports could only surprise those who have chosen to ignore that unequal education is still a fact of American life 55 years after Brown vs. Board of Education. Need more proof? An analysis by EdTrust also echoes what many teachers and parents of Title I schools have said for years, that “ budgeting practices in school districts across the country are shortchanging [poor] children and undermining federal investment in high-poverty schools…(April 2010, EdTrust).
I wasted the first five years of my teaching profession. Maybe I didn’t truly waste those years, but I spent a few moments wondering why a few faculty members seemed to take charge of meetings or make presentations on our professional development days. What I didn’t realize at the time is that some teachers emerge as leaders of their colleagues. Teacher leaders can fill many roles within in their schools – department or grade level chairpersons, data analysts, mentors, coaches, and professional development facilitators are a few examples of teacher leaders. What I find most appealing about teacher leaders is that...
Washington NMI’s first major milestone was the release of “How Better Teacher & Student Assessment Can Power Up Learning”. Since its release in August, we have all, of course, been busy with school. But we've found some time to pursue other projects as well:
- Noah Zeichner started working as our Washington NMI lead in a hybrid teacherpreneur role. In particular he's been working with the Seattle School District and Seattle Education Association to set up the Teacher Advisory Council. They had their kickoff event last month and their first webinar last week.
- Julianna Dauble has recently led...
Hey John and Jose,
On November 17, CTQ ventured into its second #teaching2030 Twitter chat. The topic for this chat was measuring student learning, and more than 50 people weighed in. Some were familiar names from CTQ’s Teacher Leaders Network (TLN), but others were new to these conversations and to CTQ. A few people who follow me on Twitter joined in. This chat seemed like the start of a much deeper conversation, as we only had a chance to scratch the surface of the topic. Still, the participants shared some amazing insight (You can view the chat transcript...