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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.


An Opportunity to Share My Voice


Los Angeles high school student Maria Urquilla describes what a class trip to Washington D.C. taught her about the importance of student voice.


Why Every School Needs to Require Tandem Bike Riding


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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Renee Moore

July 13, 2012

Platform warnings from Texas: will national GOP push lower expectations for public school children?


Since this is a Presidential election year, I'm preparing for my usual study of the political party platform stances on education after their respective conventions. I've found this to be a more instructive way to predict where the country may be headed on ed policies than the cryptic, crowd-pleasing sound bytes given out by the candidates in their stump speeches.

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Ariel Sacks

July 11, 2012

The optimal dose of teaching


Today, after two weeks of vacation and plenty of rest, I had the novel opportunity to sub for a single summer school class—yes, just 50 minutes of teaching—and let me tell you, I had a supremely good time. It was the students' third day of summer school. Although some of the kids in the class were the very students who had not passed my eighth grade English course and I was worried they'd be disgruntled, on the contrary, everything felt fresh and new!

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Renee Moore

July 2, 2012

Guest blog: teacher puts NY Times in check


Gamal Sherif is a teacher at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA., a member of the Teacher Leader Network, and a Teacher Fellow at the U.S. Dept. of Education.

Once again, the print edition of The New York Times includes the "Building a Better Teacher" theme for the Schools For Tomorrow conference (Mon, Jul 2, 2012; A16). Please consider modifying the "Building a Better Teacher" theme.

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Dave Orphal

July 2, 2012

Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime!


Aaahhhh, summer!  Nothing like being a teacher in the summer time.  You know the old saying: the three best things about being a teacher are June, July, and August…

Summer time.  Time to read some novels on the beach; time to toss a baseball around in the park; time to sit in the sun and sip on a beverage of my choice…


The alarm was going off.  It was six in the morning.  I dragged myself out of bed and out of the dream I was having.

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