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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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Renee Moore

February 25, 2012

Do you hear what I hear: Listening to teachers

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It’s always refreshing to me to be among other teachers, exchanging ideas. I’ve spent an interesting couple of days with teachers, administrators, and representatives from an unlikely mix of education reform groups at a conference sponsored by the Gates Foundation in Arizona. I came to present with two of my co-authors about our book, TEACHING 2030 (which was warmly received by educators present).

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Ariel Sacks

February 24, 2012

Booo to the NYCDOE, New York Times, and others who will publish teacher data reports

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Boooo to the NYC DOE, NY Times, and all of the other media outlets that will publish value added data reports for NYC teachers—and I don't usually talk like that.    

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Bill Ferriter

February 22, 2012

Talking #edtech at the teacher roundtable

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Not sure if you've had a chance to stop by yet, but Ed Week has been hosting a Teacher Roundtable discussion about technology's role in teaching and learning over the past two weeks. 

I've enjoyed my own place at the table -- but more importantly, I'm jazzed that I'm sitting at the table with a bunch of other real live classroom teachers!  Those are the kind of voices I think we need to hear more of in today's #edujabber. 

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Barnett Berry

February 21, 2012

What American policymakers can learn from Finland

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At last year’s International Summit on the Teaching Profession, I watched and listened to a serious dialogue among the ministers of education and union chiefs from many of the world’s top-performing nations. I was enthralled with the nuances of the convening, who sat where, who talked, and who delivered what messages. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was there. So was Henna Virkkunen, his Finnish counterpart.

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Dan Brown

February 20, 2012

Common core is a golden opportunity---Don;'t throw in the towel now!

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Last week the Brookings Institution released a report by Tom Loveless declaring the Common Core standards to be a big waste— two years before they even go into effect. The top highlight listed on the report’s website lays it bare:

“Predicting the Effect of the Common Core State Standards on Student Achievement: 

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Renee Moore

February 18, 2012

Teachers controlling our own profession

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One of the most significant recommendations to come out of the Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching that has gotten very little attention in media and little support from many reformers is our call for teacher-directed, nationally coordinated, teacher licensing and credentialing. Here in the Commission’s own words, is part of our vision of a truly teacher-led profession:

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Bill Ferriter

February 18, 2012

Our compulsive obsession with the impossible sexy

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I ran across an interesting article on the Fast Company website today detailing the work of Method -- a wildly successful startup selling ecofriendly soaps and detergents. 

In it, Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry -- the minds behind Method -- make a point that I think schools working towards sustainable change often fail to understand:  Sometimes the most successful innovations start from thinking at the edges of the box

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