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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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Bill Ferriter

April 24, 2012

Lessons learned about customer service from Skype

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If you read the Radical at all last week, you know that my Skype account was hacked by a Chinese speed-dialer who racked up 13,000 minutes of calls in just over a month's time. 

The entire experience was a real let-down simply because Skype has played such an important role in my personal and professional life over the past several years.  With each interaction that they facilitated in my life, I grew to see them as much more than "just another service." 

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Ariel Sacks

April 23, 2012

Responding to parents' criticism of their own children

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There is an excellent collection of discussions on parent involvement by many of my CTQ colleagues over at Ed Week Teacher's Teaching Ahead Roundtable: Is parent involvement the missing link in school reform? The bloggers respond to results of the 2011 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, which include perspectives of parents as well as teachers on a range of issues.

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Ariel Sacks

April 22, 2012

Must teachers keep quiet about the tests?

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Just read this great post by Anthony Cody: The pineapple story tests us: Have test publishers become unquestionable authorities? I just want to take a moment to say how uncomfortable I am with the fact that in NY, teachers are not allowed to discuss anything on the state tests so that passages and test questions can be recycled for use in future years.

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Ariel Sacks

April 21, 2012

My eighth graders and the pineapple question

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After day one of testing, I asked my students, "How did it go? What did you think?" They had just taken the multiple choice portion of the NY State ELA Exam that included The Pineapple and the hare story and the ridiculous questions that followed it. 

"That pineapple story was so weird! And the questions were even weirder!" students called out, eager to debrief.

"I said the moose!"

"Oh, I said the hare!"

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Renee Moore

April 21, 2012

A self-improvement guide: For teachers by teachers

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I just got my hands on an absolutely wonderful resource courtesy of Kathy Wiebke, NBCT and Executive Director of the Arizona K12 Center at Northern Arizona University.  Using the InTASC [Insterstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium] Model Core Teaching Standards, developed by the CCSSO, which are used in the accreditation of most public and many private teacher education programs, a team of 10 National Board Certified teachers created a

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