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  • Teaching “At Risk” Children: Advanced Placement Classes Saved My Life

    on Apr 17, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, From the Front Lines • with Comments

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    I can remember sitting in my Advanced Placement (commonly referred to as AP) classes throughout high school and counting on one hand how many girls who looked like me were in the class. Sometimes there would be one or two, but more than likely it was just me and just maybe one more girl in the class. Despite nobody looking like me in class, Advanced Placement classes were a place that made me feel as if I belonged and as if all of the socioeconomic issues I dealt with were in far away universe. As

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  • Gaming as the Future of Learning: The Truly Epic Win [Part 1]

    on Apr 16, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum • with Comments

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    What if the future of learning is not measuring student achievement in high stakes standardized testing?  What if, instead, the future of learning is in the magic of a great game?  Ever since the 1983 “A Nation at Risk” report on the American education system, policymakers have consistently insisted that more and more high stakes testing is the answer to raising student achievement. Recently, as educators and policymakers realized that it would be worth it to create more rigorous common standards nationwide, those standards have already been overshadowed by the implementation of even more high

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  • Staff Loungin’ Podcast and the Zombie EDpocalypse

    on Apr 16, 14 • in Educational Reform, Featured, Policy • with Comments

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    Hi, I’m Dave Pluscauskas, I’m a teacher from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. I’m also the founder of the Staff Loungin’ podcast and I am very excited to be sharing my podcast with The Educator’s Room. Staff Loungin’, the podcast where teachers talk about teaching and eat their lunches while they do it, was born of my frustration at how teachers are shut out education reform. Many “reformers” neither seek nor value our opinions. It occurred to me that people might respect teachers’ opinions more if they actually heard them, so I determined that, somehow, I would

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  • Poesía en la clase de Español

    on Apr 15, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Languages • with Comments

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    “¡Otra vez!” My students were so used to hearing these two words (another time) in between choral recitations of our daily poem that it had unfortunately become a bit sing-song as they mimicked me.  Pick your battles; I thought . . . here I stood, in front of 26 eighth graders as we recited a poem (in Spanish) by Rosalia de Castro, the nineteenth century romantic poet. Half the class had it memorized, some kept the paper out for reference, but knew most of it, and a small percentage struggled with remembering the poem and

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  • A Tale of Two Field Trips: Perilous Yet Rewarding

    on Apr 11, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments

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    I recently took 11th and 12th grade on a field trip to Yale Repertory Theatre to see These Paper Bullets, a “modish remake” of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. We had arrived early enough to have a little time before the show to stroll the sidewalks of Yale/New Haven and grab a cup of coffee before filing into the University Theatre. The weather cooperated for the first time this year,  the show was fast-paced, and engaging, and students participated in a talk-back with the crew and cast after the show. “Best show ever!” was their collective response, and I agreed. This was a great field

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