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May 20, 2012

The Benefits of Distance Learning

Today's guest blog is written by Christopher Reddy, an outstanding teacher in the Averill Park Central School District in Averill Park, NY. As educators, we see the current financial issues facing schools not only as an obstacle for ourselves, but more so as a potential hurdle for our students to ...

May 15, 2012

A Profound Writing Experience

A few weeks ago, I sat on an author panel at the Albany Children's Book Festival in Albany, NY. The other three author panelists were Coleen Paratore, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. The moderator asked us when we first remembered writing something profound as children. We ...

April 29, 2012

Opening the Common Core

"Sadly, these days our politicians think you can raise the bar and crack the whip. They believe that if you threaten teachers and principals with sanctions, learning will increase. That strategy will never work." Carol Burris Depending on what North American state you are in, you are being inundate...

April 12, 2012

Virtual Conferences and PLC'S

"As school leaders, we must recognize that no matter what programs we introduce or seek to strengthen, our most important work is to improve the people in our schools." Todd Whitaker In the old days if teachers and administrators wanted professional development, they would have to take a day from ...

March 17, 2012

What Is Failure?

What is failure? In the media we hear about failing teachers, failing students and failing schools. Students who get retained, say they failed a grade, as much as the educators around them try to call it something else. There are so many ways we fail. Some of those failures are socially acceptable...

March 15, 2012

Finding the Love for Writing: An Interview with Phil Bildner

"Students dislike writing because they often equate it with testing. Testing is stress, testing is not fun, and testing has taken over." Phil Bildner Educators are always looking for creative ways to inspire students to write. Too often students grow to dislike writing because they find it boring ...

March 08, 2012

Personalized Learning Plan: Creating the Schools that We Want

We all know what it's like to get on the computer and research a topic of interest. For some of us, it doesn't matter how many hours we spend or how much money we make when we complete the research. The journey and the final product are what we truly care about. As a writer, there are many topic...

February 28, 2012

Communication Doesn't Have to Mean Reinventing the Wheel

Communication is one of the most important things we do everyday. It's done formally through great teaching practices, emails and one on one conversations we have with parents and professional conversations with colleagues. Formal communication is a part of our careers, and it is something we lear...

January 28, 2012

An #Edchat with Tom Whitby

In the past I have written that educators should be joining Twitter. It's not because I get some kickback from the social networking organization. Twitter was something I didn't know very much about until a few months ago. There was a time that I thought it was more fluff than substance. I'm far re...

January 27, 2012

Engaging Parents in School

"We cannot have an impact on educational issues if teachers are the only ones who feel that the good ole days were in fact good at all." Over the past couple of decades students sat in classrooms feeling unengaged or disrespected. They may have had combative relationships with their teachers, str...

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