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Advice to Myself as a New Teacher


Dear Mr. Barnwell (version 2004),


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?"


Chào mừng bạn đến Quốc Hoa Kỳ (Welcome to the United States)


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

January 29, 2012

What if schools created a culture of "do" INSTEAD of a culture of "know?"


Here at Educon yesterday, I had the chance to learn a bit more about design thinking from David Jakes

David's central point was that schools and teachers often get stuck in a "Yeah, but..." mindset when thinking about change. Instead of dreaming about what's possible -- taking a "What if" stance towards the challenges standing in our way -- we're all too ready to trip over the hurdles in front of us without even attempting to jump. 

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Dan Brown

January 29, 2012

What to do when you are buried in papers to grade


Woe are we! 

Across the nation, high school teachers are collectively wringing their hands. This time it’s not over any curriculum-distorting policy or suffocating shortfall of funds. We are in the heart of midterm exam season, and teachers are swamped.

I understand the indispensable value of scrutinizing student work— but grading a stack of sixty-six midterms in a weekend is just downright painful. Each six-section test takes about fifteen minutes to read carefully, annotate, and score.  That’s 16.5 hours with no breaks. 

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Dave Orphal

January 26, 2012

Student-created grading rubrics: Part 3


This is the final installment about a children’s book project in my Introduction to Education class. 

First, a Little Review About the Class

Skyline High School is organized into small learning communities.  In the ninth grade, all students are in one of three houses. In their house, they share the same science, history, and English teachers.  These teachers have a collaboration period together to talk about students and their work. 

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Ryan Niman

January 26, 2012

Going paperless as a teacher - Part 1


Last month, Bill Ferriter hit the digital nail on the digital head when he explained why he hates paper.  And he does a great job of explaining why a classroom focus on paper is a disservice to our digital learners. But going paperless as teachers also is important. Not only does it allow us to do some good modeling for our students, but when done well it turns us into better collaborators and teacher leaders.

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