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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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Ariel Sacks

May 14, 2012

To be appreciated…


Like many teachers, I have some mixed feelings about Teacher Appreciation Week. I wouldn't want to do away with it, but there's something awkward about the fact that we need this week as badly as we do. At the same time, we do not choose this work for recognition. When we get it, sometimes we doubt its sincerity, and other times we just don't know how to receive the acknowledgement.

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Bill Ferriter

May 10, 2012

@shareski's right: My students CAN assess themselves!


If you've read the Radical for any length of time, you know that my thinking is often pushed by Dean Shareski -- a Digital Learning Consultant with the Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. 

What I love about Dean's posts is that they're a perfect mix of practical and provocative ideas.  He's just as likely to challenge my instruction as he is to challenge my thinking -- and that's cool. 

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John Holland

May 6, 2012

#IknowaTeacher 2012


In the past year we have started to see some movement in how teachers are perceived by the public, especially the media. It is possibly one of the most pressing issues preventing the inclusion of teacher voice in creating the education students deserve. The graphic above illustrates the discrepancy between public perceptions and private opinions [...]

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Bill Ferriter

May 5, 2012

Suggestion for new #atplc schools: Don't skip vision and values statements


Shawn Blankenship -- a building principal buddy of mine who goes by @dms_principal on Twitter -- reached out this week with a really interesting question about professional learning communities. 

He wrote:

I would love to hear any advice, successes, and/or failures you have experienced regarding the building of a strong professional learning community.

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Rod Powell

May 1, 2012

5 reasons to find a virtual community now (part 2)


By Rod Powell

Part 1 of this post was originally published on April 30, 2012.

Reason #3: Address Specific Challenges

Beginning to implement Common Core Standards was energizing, but it wasn’t without snags, sidetracks, and slowdowns. My virtual community helped sort out specific difficulties I had in putting the standards into action in my classroom.

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