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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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Bill Ferriter

March 21, 2012

What can schools learn from Best Buy's continuing troubles?

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Not sure if you've been following the news or not, but Best Buy -- like a slew of Big Box electronics stores in the past ten years --is teetering on the brink of extinction. 

The primary hitch for Best Buy is that there's almost NOTHING that distinguishes its thousands of square feet of sales space from online retailers like Amazon that have no overhead and sell us the exact same stuff for half the price.

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Bill Ferriter

March 20, 2012

What do YOU know about the creative commons?

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Quick question:  The last time that you needed an image for a project, where did you get it from? Google, right?  That nifty little Images tab makes it SO easy to find just the right shot for your slide deck, doesn't it?

Here's the thing:  Pictures -- just like text, music and video -- are protected by copyright even when they're posted on the Internet.  That means there's a GOOD chance that when you grab a picture from Google, you're stealing it using it inappropriately. 

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Dave Orphal

March 19, 2012

Book notes: 2 of 2

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Last time, I shared with you the thoughts and discussions my colleagues and I had around the book  Ahead of the Curve.  The book is a series of essays about formative assessments and grading.

We got a lot of interesting ideas from the book.  However, we were left wondering, and fearing, how we might make some of these suggestions real in our classrooms.

Trying things out

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Bill Ferriter

March 17, 2012

What can schools learn from Kobe's struggles?

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Sports fans LOVE their heroes, don't they?  When crunch time comes for our favorite teams, we just KNOW that our favorite superstar is going to rise to the occasion and single-handedly save the day. 

And no sport creates more opportunities for individuals to become hometown heroes than basketball. 

With five players on either team covering each other man-to-man, isolated match-ups pairing the two best players on the floor against one another in a showdown for sporting glory are easy to manufacture.

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