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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 13, 2012

Practice-centered observation protocol [Handout]

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I don't have a ton of time to write tonight, y'all -- trying to catch up after the curveball that life threw at me last week -- but I wanted to share a handout that I think might be useful for anyone working in a professional learning community.

Called a Practice-Centered Observation Protocol, it is designed to guide teachers through the process of observing their peers in action:

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Barnett Berry

March 12, 2012

More reasons to expand teacher leadership and transform the profession

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Eighty years ago, American scholar Willard Walter Waller (1899–1945) published his landmark book, The Sociology of Teaching (1932). The book describes a number of underlying conditions affecting teachers and their profession, including the despotic school organizations in which they work.

Waller claimed that "the reformation of the schools must begin with the teachers”—a proclamation still not heeded today by most policymakers and self-proclaimed reformers. As a nation we have not learned much from the erudite insights of sociologists like Waller. 

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Renee Moore

March 10, 2012

School reform southern style

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My friend, Kevin F. Gilbert, President of the Mississippi Association of Educators (NEA affiliate), issued the statement below on the proposed charter school legislation now being considered in our state. I share it with you as a cautionary tale. Here's a contextual note: Mississippi is a right-to-work state; so union membership cannot be required as a condition of employment, and collective bargaining is illegal. Teachers who choose to join either the NEA or AFT affiliate do so voluntarily, and pay dues out-of-pocket.

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Bill Ferriter

March 10, 2012

So much more than a personal learning network

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A little over a week ago, my Dad passed away after a four year battle with lung cancer.  Wrestling with the loss, I wrote to him here on the Radical. 

For me, writing to my Dad made sense simply because he read everything that I wrote.  My post was one way for me to say thank you and goodbye to him all at once.  I felt better after finishing it even if I was silently crying in the back of the McDonalds where I was writing.

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