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February 23, 2018

Teaching and Learning Is Complex

In his final guest blog of the week, "little r" reformer John Thompson says that to improve schooling, we must listen and learn from flesh-and-blood students and tackle real-world problems, not focus on made-up metrics.

February 22, 2018

The Damage Done by Data-Driven Absenteeism Accountability

John Thompson continues his week of guest blogging by sharing more anecdotes about the downsides of data-driven accountability. Today, he writes about the consequences of holding schools accountable for attendance and graduation rates.

February 21, 2018

School Improvement Must Build on Students' Strengths and Moral Consciousness

School reformers focused on academics, but had they listened to the students they'd have seen that the smart strategy would have been to build on the kids' strengths.

February 20, 2018

Mistakes I Made When Dealing With Challenging Students

I'd love to make a deal with school reformers. We teachers would apologize for the times we did a lousy job dealing with our students' pain. They'd apologize for condemning educators for imperfectly serving students when they should have been working with us to find funding for the social-emotional supports that our kids are crying out for.

February 19, 2018

Trying and Failing to Humanely Teach to the Test

Kicking off the next six weeks of guest bloggers is former inner-city teacher and self-described "anti-reformer," John Thompson. Today, John recounts some of the difficulties he faced as an inner-city teacher in the era of high-stakes testing.

February 16, 2018

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Thompson, Lindsay, Saultz, Strunk, Cowen, Steele, and Cummings

I'm taking my every-so-often break from RHSU for the next few weeks and will be handing the reins off to a crop of stellar guest bloggers. Here's what you can look forward to.

December 01, 2017

A DIY Approach to Educational Research-Literacy

Eric Kalenze closes out our month of terrific guest blogging with some steps educators can take to become more research-informed.

November 29, 2017

The High Cost of Bad Implementation Habits

Guest blogger Eric Kalenze continues the conversation about education's newly developed "research-and-evidence pulse" by today discussing how recognizing and dealing with bad implementation habits is important if we want to exercise this pulse.

November 27, 2017

Making Progress on Evidence-Based Education Reform

Rounding out a month of guest blogging is veteran blogger Eric Kalenze. In the wake of the Thanksgiving holiday, Eric gives thanks that the education field has developed a pulse when it comes to using research and evidence.

November 24, 2017

The Complexities of Student Motivation

Alex Baron closes out a week of guest blogging with an analysis of the complexities of student motivation. How do we know whether a student needs a push or a hug?

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