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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

February 28, 2012

Materials for my #scichat homies [Handouts]

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Bad news, all y'all:  I don't have a ton of time to write tonight.  My 2.5 year old daughter -- who is completely beautiful, by the way -- is sick as can be, which means my wife and I are juggling work schedules.  That automatically puts me behind. 

The good news, though -- particularly for my #scichat homies -- is that I've got a few activities that I can share with you quickly!  Not sure if they'll be useful for everyone, but if you're a middle grades science teacher, my bad luck may just be your good luck.

Here they are:

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RyanKinser

February 28, 2012

New Millennium Initiative’s fireside chats heat up

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Call it cabin fever.  A February storm blanketed Denver with nearly 18 inches of snow outside of our hotel, while a dozen teacher leaders from the Center for Teaching Quality’s New Millennium Initiative (NMI) met to ponder such questions as:

How do we affect classroom teaching quality as well as education policy? 

How can we involve more outstanding teachers from other communities?

How can we deliver our messages effectively to key stakeholders? 

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Dan Brown

February 27, 2012

Literacy design collaborative: A ready-to-use relegation from the ECET2 conference

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I love talking to teachers from other parts of the country. There’s so much brilliant, unpublicized stuff going on in classrooms all over the place. It may be popular to wring our hands about a failing system or unacceptable status quo, but there are pockets of staggering innovation and genuine excellence all over the country. When teachers get together to exchange great ideas, it really can be transcendent.

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Dan Brown

February 27, 2012

Literacy design collaborative: A ready-to-use revelation from the ECET2 conference

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I love talking to teachers from other parts of the country. There’s so much brilliant, unpublicized stuff going on in classrooms all over the place. It may be popular to wring our hands about a failing system or unacceptable status quo, but there are pockets of staggering innovation and genuine excellence all over the country. When teachers get together to exchange great ideas, it really can be transcendent.

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Ariel Sacks

February 26, 2012

Wise and ethical responses from Gotham Schools and Inside Schools

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After laying into the NY Times, NY Daily News, and NY Post for publishing teacher ratings based on sketchy data reports and causing a host of negative effects for teachers, parents, principals, and students on Friday, I am glad to be able to recognize the thoughtful stance taken by other important NYC education media outlets.  

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Bill Ferriter

February 25, 2012

What role SHOULD standardization play in a PLC?

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John Spencer -- an #eduthinker who I respect greatly -- has been wrestling with the role that standardization should play in a professional learning community this week.  He wrote:

The truth is that I became a better teacher when I was finally given autonomy. It's not an excuse. It's the impetus for innovation. When I have creative control and the freedom to experiment, some of the best lessons occur.

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