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May 21, 2015

The School Board Was Not for Sale After All, But the Fight Continues

The good news is that the local super-PAC candidates all lost their bids for seats on the school board; the bad news is that we pretty much sent the same board we already had back to work. There is plenty more work to do.

May 21, 2015

Rethinking Honor Roll, De-emphasizing Academic Competition

Honor roll and other merit based recognition doesn't serve a school community well. Instead, it further segregates students and perpetuates the myth that grades help to communicate academic success. What if schools focused more on the collaborative and less on the competition?

May 14, 2015

Should Mandatory "Seat Time" Requirements Exist?

Is mandatory seat time necessary for learning or is it just another antiquated hoop for students to jump through as they play school? What do you think?

May 03, 2015

Myth-o-Mania of Teaching: 5 Lies That Kill Education

Education is full of misconceptions that fuels public misunderstanding. Professionals need to help debunk these corrosive myths to help re-estbalish education as important and positive.

April 30, 2015

5 Stressful Things That Make My Hair Fall Out

Life's stresses can sometimes make it hard to focus. How do you focus through occasion pressure and chaos?

April 28, 2015

Connect Learning to Life, NOT Tests

It's time to fight the testing culture and consider the bigger picture. How can educators better align learning for life and not for testing? As we make pedagogical decisions daily, teachers need to weigh the importance of learning vs cramming for a test that isn't going to impact a child's overall level of mastery.

April 15, 2015

Hiring Teachers for Their Potential in South African Blended Learning Schools

Understanding that the need for high quality education in South Africa is urgent, we have adopted a recruitment and selection strategy at SPARK that focuses more on hiring for potential than on hiring for current capability.

April 13, 2015

Why Every Teacher Can (and Needs to) Bust Out of the Cage

Classroom teachers have more power to change a school than they think.

April 09, 2015

Teachers Throwing Out Grades: It's Happening For Real

How does a movement take form, you may ask? It starts with an idea and then a few people who are willing to take action. That action creates a stir and perhaps inspires some and angers others, but real change starts to happen. This is how Teachers Throwing Out Grades (#TTOG) began. Read on to find out more about this growing movement.

April 07, 2015

Social Studies Is Dead; Long Live Social Studies!

A former student of mine stopped in yesterday with a story to tell—and a good one, at that.

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