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The Importance of Portfolios at Year’s End

The Importance of Portfolios at Year’s End

One of the things that kill me about the end of each school year is on the last day when the kids say, “Well, now that I’ve finished Spanish II I never have to speak Spanish again.” Or when they take everything in their binder, and sometimes [...]

One From the Vault: STAR Testing: The Farce Begins Anew

One From the Vault: STAR Testing: The Farce Begins Anew

With STAR testing going on this month across the nation, I thought I'd bring back last year's post about the insanity of high stakes testing, and how in fact, there is nothing at stake for the students taking the tests.Today teachers in my [...]

Teaching for Real: The Book

Teaching for Real: The Book

Some of you may have noticed the volume of my blog postings has fallen off dramatically in the last few months. There is a very good reason for this. Part of it is the two-year old at home, part of it is that I am a full time teacher, and the last [...]

The Beauty of Service Learning: What Are You Doing?

The Beauty of Service Learning: What Are You Doing?

One of the new buzz terms, especially in the emerging world of charter schools, is the idea of Service Learning Projects. SLPs are generally projects undertaken by students where they identify a need in the community and address it through community [...]

A Teacher’s Thoughts on Connecticut

A Teacher’s Thoughts on Connecticut

I’ve given myself some time to sit and let it all sink in. This is hard to do when every channel, every person, every waking moment seems to be inundated with close-up coverage of the Connecticut tragedy. They want every angle, they want every [...]

Powerball Parent Outreach

Powerball Parent Outreach

Everyone involved in education, myself included, constantly harps on the importance of reaching out to parents, and how education is in their hands more so than even our schools. We talk and talk about needing better parent outreach, we imagine a [...]

A Non-Finnomenon: A Real Teacher’s Review of The Finland Phenomenon

A Non-Finnomenon: A Real Teacher’s Review of The Finland Phenomenon

I finally got around to watching The Finland Phenomenon, the documentary by Tony Wagner, an Innovation Education Fellow at Harvard University, about the cold Scandinavian country that has blown away worldwide education with a snowstorm of success. [...]

The Real Reason More Teachers Are Needed

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney say they are advocates for hiring more teachers. While anyone paying close attention knows that not only does Romney’s plan call for cutting teachers drastically, he also believes smaller class sizes don’t [...]

It’s Not All About the Subject You Teach

It’s Not All About the Subject You Teach

Over the last couple of years I’ve heard a discussion at my school about teaching Math on a block day. Here at my High Poverty school, we have a modified 6 period day. On Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, the kids go to all 6 classes. On Wednesday they [...]

STAR Testing: The Farce Begins Anew

STAR Testing: The Farce Begins Anew

Today teachers in my school district get to stand in front of our students and say the following: “Hey kids, you are about to take a test that is almost meaningless. It doesn’t count for anything, but we want you to do your best [...]

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