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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.

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An Opportunity to Share My Voice

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

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Why Every School Needs to Require Tandem Bike Riding

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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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Dave Orphal

June 6, 2012

She should be worried about finals

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She should be worried about finals.  They are coming next week.  She should have been thinking about her boyfriend, whether they can make plans to spend time together this weekend.  She should have been thinking about cars.  At only 16, she’s about to get her learner's permit.

Instead, she's worried about how she was going to live through tomorrow. 

The situation started with a combination of he-said, she-said rumor-mongering.  Add to the mix a dose of mistaken identity; top off with a dash of inner-city gang affiliation.  It soon evolves into a deadly concoction. 

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Ariel Sacks

June 6, 2012

Commencement speech

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It's graduation time, a time that always reminds me of possibly the biggest honor I've ever had—speaking at my Bank Street College Commencement in 2006. It was the largest group I've ever spoken to at the majestic Riverside Church in lower Harlem, which held so many respected classmates and teachers. I like to look back on it now and then.

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RyanKinser

June 4, 2012

Why you should start a video PLC

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The teacher on video stood motionless before the class, his forehead shiny under the fluorescent lighting, his face a little green. He droned through a word map of the term hierarchy while scribbling under a document camera. I felt bad for him and immediately thought, “Bueller? Bueller?”

Just the same, I took copious notes over the next 30 minutes of the lesson. I wanted to offer some specific suggestions for improvement. Beneath the discomfort of appearing on camera, he had a solid plan. The delivery just needed some finesse.

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Bill Ferriter

June 1, 2012

Common assessments are the CORNERSTONE of #atplc work, y'all

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Blogger's Note:  Earlier this week, I sent out this Tweet about the role that common assessments play in a professional learning community:

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Dan Brown

May 31, 2012

Teachers can do harm

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I spent time over the weekend with a recent graduate from an Ivy League university. He’s a brilliant, articulate, cosmopolitan guy who I am confident will rise to the top of his field (international relations). We started to talk about teaching— particularly Teach For America (TFA), which several of his peers were joining— and I started to get upset.

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Ariel Sacks

May 31, 2012

PD you actually want–The together teacher

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This year before school started, my school hired Maia Heyck-Merlin, who often refers to herself "The Organization Lady," to offer teachers a great PD session on how to get and stay organized.  It was one of the best 3 hours of professional development I've spent, because it spoke to a part of teaching that is so important, yet so under-developed.  Maia was a teacher and understands the particular demands of this job, which she says is "not a normal job."  Her goal? To help us have a life outside of school...

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