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About Dan McConnell

Husband, father, and teacher. Hoping to earn full redemption through the written word and shaping the dangerous young minds of tomorrow.

A Pandemic Brings Opportunity to Rethink Standardized Testing

Coronavirus-canceled testing brings an opportunity. As a teacher and parent in the state of New York, news that standardized testing might be canceled this year brings mixed emotions. I suspected the closures due to COVID-19 might come to this, and for many years I have been pretty open about my personal feelings about abuse-by-test. My [...]

Getting Students to Write (Part 1)

Getting students to write can be difficult. For students who don't like writing, being confronted with a lengthy writing task will turn down the will and up the resistance quick. Think about it: they are uncomfortable for a reason. Who knows why: unsure of their skills, confused by the task, maybe just uninterested in that [...]

Why I Worry About My Students

There are a thousand reasons why I worry about my students I had a challenging group this past school year. Generally, my "teacher radar" runs in the background on low intensity-ready to alert me as needed. Off-task behavior or potential disruptions elicit a ping. But with this group, I had to be constantly aware of [...]

Activists Are Needed in Education

The year: 1980 Activists in education are needed now more than ever. I was thirteen years old when I saw this coming. A smug ex-actor with Brylcreemed hair dropped a condescending line in a presidential debate. That isn't a big deal by itself, especially when you consider how low the presidential decency bar currently is. [...]

Your Students and Video Games: Adult Supervision Required

It's important for students to be well-rested and prepared for each day of learning, but video games and excessive screen time can make getting that rest a challenge. It's hard to avoid screen time these days. Cell phones and computers are ever more present in our daily routines. Some restaurants even take your order on [...]

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