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Apples & Oranges: Why This Year's State Test Was a Waste of Students' Time

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Last week a group of CTQ-Colorado teachers attended and offered comments at the State Board of Education meeting. The following post is a written version of my remarks. While the board passed a symbolic resolution (in a 4-3 partyline vote) to withdraw from PARCC, one state board member boldy and publicly supported the standards and advocated for the aligned system our students deserve. If we must insist on a standardized test, I want the best one for my students. Core advocates (and skeptics!) -- I hope you'll park your thoughts on PARCC (& Smarter Balanced) here. 

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Speak Less, Act Right

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The first time I read these words by a Holocaust survivor, they haunted me. “My eyes saw what no person should witness: gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. So I am suspicious of education. My request is: Help your children become human.” To fulfill that request, our actions matter far more than our words.

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Advice to Myself as a New Teacher

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Dear Mr. Barnwell (version 2004),

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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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Simple Truth: Hashtags Can Save You Time

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If there was ONE thing that I'd want every practicing educator to know about learning in social spaces it would be that no matter what field you are working in, there are TONS of folks who are sharing resources t

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Why Don't Those Teachers Own Their Profession Already?

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Hypothetically speaking, let's say a subset of all teachers decided to go against their district's wishes, teaching their curriculum according to a mix of research and expertise, but masking it under the name of the latest district buzzword. Would you blame them for not outright fighting against their administration's wishes or congratulate them for "owning" their profession?

Of course, that's a trick question because it largely depends on your lens.

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Bill Ferriter

November 20, 2010

Watch this: Clay Shirky on the cognitive surplus

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One of the writers who has literally changed the way I think is Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus

In this Ted Talk, Shirky explains how he believes the world will change as a result of the time that we spend networking with one another in collaborative spaces instead of staring at the Boob Tube.

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Bill Ferriter

November 20, 2010

My Edublog Award nominees. . .

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Really and truly, there's not a whole heck of a lot more important to me in my professional life than the people I learn from online every day.  That's why the 7th annual Edublog Awards celebration is so important to me.

It's my chance to say thank you to people who have changed who I am---as a teacher, as a learner, as a colleague, and as leader---whether they know it or not.

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JohnNorton

November 19, 2010

Celebrating our 200th article: "Finding the 'Courage to Teach'"

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Teacher Kenneth J. Bernstein, better known to DailyKos readers as "teacherken", supplies our latest TLN contribution to Teacher Magazine, which is literally the story of his findingThe Courage to Teach and finally meeting Parker Palmer, an important teacher in his own "student" life.

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Renee Moore

November 17, 2010

Turning teacher prep upside down

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Yesterday, at the National Press Club, an education panel (of which I was a part) released our recommendations for a radical change in the way our nation prepares its teachers. The full report: Transforming Teacher Education Through Clinical Practice: A National Strategy to Prepare Effective Teachers is the result of months of hard work and honest conversations among friends and critics of teacher education.

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Bill Ferriter

November 14, 2010

The importance of a PLN. . .

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In response to a recent blog post that I wrote about Twitter as a tool for learning, Pauline---a college student following my blog as a part of a class project---wrote:

I'm still working on my PLN, but I'm failing to see the importance of it. I think that most of the time when people have questions, they just research and read blogs and websites and so forth when the question arises.

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