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  • Want to Fix Schools? Give Teachers More TIME!

    on Dec 19, 14 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

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    A few weeks ago, fellow columnist Jeremy Adams posted an article called “The Magical Solution Illusion,” illustrating how schools, students, and teachers are being pounded by an array of self-proclaimed “saviors” of the education system. I loved the article. He examined our proclivity to move toward change, from increasing class sizes to shrinking them; from emulating Finland or China; and examining advocates of adapting to the 21st Century to those who want to throwback to traditional methods. He examined every “panacea du jour.” But if we really want to fix schools, we need to give teachers

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  • Dear Santa…

    on Dec 18, 14 • in Featured, Opinion • with Comments

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    Dear Santa, Well, it’s that time of year again. The end of the first semester. And I am tired. Like, exhausted. Mentally, physically and emotionally. It’s been a long 83 days. And that doesn’t even include the days of school from last January to May or all the time I spent on ‘summer break’ preparing for all the little Johnnies and Sallies I now have in my classroom. Not to mention all the money I spent, and am still spending, out of pocket with no sight of reimbursement, other than the PTA sending me cookies

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  • Teachers Need to be on the Same Team

    on Dec 18, 14 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    Teacher and children

    “A house divided shall not stand,” and neither will a public school. I am really seeing this issue clearly for the first time this year. At my elementary school, we have begun much more integration of grade levels.  Two teachers teach math to three different grade levels, one teacher teaches reading to two grade levels, and I myself have a different grade level for an hour of the day (although not structured lessons, much of the time is intervention). While I have always felt that our “end of the school” has always been supportive of each other, I feel it

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  • Putting the “A” in AP

    on Dec 17, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Literacy • with Comments

    ap-exams-ahead

    It seems as though everyone is jumping on the AP bandwagon. Schools are offering professional development and a variety of incentives to implement this program. Advance Placement courses are intended to replace freshmen level course at the college level. This allows high school juniors and seniors to receive college credit early. Sounds great, right? Well, students only receive the credit if they score a “3” or higher on the AP exam (and for some colleges, a “4” or higher). How do you prepare students for such a test? Here are a few things I have learned

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  • Are You at the Wrong School? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

    on Dec 17, 14 • in Featured, Opinion • with Comments

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    Dictionary.com defines a school as “an institution where instruction is given, especially to persons under college age.” But a school is so much more than that for a teacher. It isn’t just a structure housing our profession, it’s where we change students’ lives, root for the sports teams, and call a second home. It’s possibly a place where a teacher’s own children go to school. It’s an ample part of a teacher’s own professional and personal community. With that being said, how do teachers know that they’re at the right school? Better yet, how do they know they’re at the wrong school

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