“Active Monitoring” Standardized Tests Is a Joke

Most states have a guide for how educators should properly proctor a standardized test. Chief among the list of directions is teacher behavior while students are testing. Those of us proctoring tests are bound to come across the term "active monitoring" (AK-tiv * Mahn-it-ORR-ing) N. - educational jargon-ese for teachers doing nothing other than staring at their [...]

Testing Season: Prepare to be Accountable

It's testing season In New York, the state tests are here. Technically speaking the ELA tests have gone by already, other than make-ups that need to still happen. The math 3-8 exams are still to come, and in the tiny rural school system I teach in these tests are all taken seriously by the teachers. [...]

20 April Fools’ Pranks for Educators

I love Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, but one of his greatest contributions is giving us our first written record of playing pranks on one another come April 1st. With Tax Day just 2 weeks later, standardized testing season right around the corner, and everybody itching for Spring Break, I have some pranks for you to [...]

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Yes, Failure IS An Option

We'd be hard pressed to find an innovation that has changed our modern living as much as the light bulb. When Thomas Edison and his employees experimented with methods to bring about an incandescent light, they finally arrived - almost by accident - on using a cardboard filament. After its success, he famously quipped "I [...]

Making Learning Extra-Ordinary: A Sarcastic Stab at EduJargon

During my first week as president of our local association, I shared a copy of a "Faculty Meeting Bingo" manipulative with all our members as a joke regarding educators' over-reliance on edu-jargon. Eventually, this information made it to our superintendent, who wasn't too pleased with the actions of his new opposite. Yet I utilized the wait time to [...]