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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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April 5, 2012

Hope for value-added models


Two weeks ago, I clung to a series of ropes three stories above the ground, frozen by my fear of plummeting to the pavement. Students pointed their camera phones up at me, cheering me to conquer the Sky Ropes obstacle course and my acrophobia. The place resembled an iron and hemp jungle. But I only heard the cacophony of cars buzzing past Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry. I thought, haven’t I jumped through enough hoops as a teacher? 

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Bill Ferriter

April 3, 2012

iPad in education resources worth exploring


Last week, I delivered a two-day workshop built around my tech book - Teaching the iGeneration - in Boston.  A team of teachers from a school outside of Birmingham, Alabama attended, looking specifically for ways that they could better integrate iPads into their classrooms.

In a world where 1:1 iPad projects are becoming more and more common, that's a pretty popular question, isn't it? 

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Barnett Berry

April 2, 2012

A good laugh—a sigh—and a revolutionary suggestion


The Good Laugh

Did you catch Matthew Di Carlo’s perfect April Fools’ Day piece on “Measuring Journalist Quality”? Observing that journalists have been leading the way in “outing” teachers based on unreliable value-added measures (VAMs), Di Carlo flips the picture. What if journalists were measured by similarly unstable “reader-added models” (RAMs)?

The Sigh

Like all fine satire, Di Carlo’s piece carries serious heft.  

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