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December 19, 2014

In Hot Pursuit of Deeper Learning

Some schools are experimenting with the idea that we might actually know more about what students learned in school if we gave them performance assessments instead of standardized tests. Not only is this a good idea, but it might actually get us closer to finding out what we hoped to find out by giving standardized tests in the first place.

December 18, 2014

Democracy, Schools, and Teachers' Unions

Casey: 'At a time that teachers' unions face existential threats, how do we defend the democratic voice that they provide teachers?'

December 18, 2014

Confessions of a Reflective Practitioner

A physics teacher at High Tech High thinks back on his teaching and considers what to do differently.

December 16, 2014

Do Teachers' Unions Truly Practice Democracy?

Meier: Do most teachers view their unions much as they view other organizations--some better, some worse, but not "ours."

December 09, 2014

Can Schools Act as a Force Against Racism?

Meier: What are the lessons in equality that young people absorb through the structuring of schools, and how do they match the "civics" lessons they may be receiving formally?

December 06, 2014

Achieving Our Country: Help Wanted

If you're already working hard to get your students to ask the right questions, keep it up; if not, it's time to get started.

December 02, 2014

Segregating Brains: Do Boys and Girls Learn Differently?

Education is full of zombie ideas—those bad ideas that just won't die. Don't look now, but here's another one coming back down the pike: segregating classrooms by sex.

December 01, 2014

Resource Watch: Free E-Book on Family-History Classroom Projects

New resources from UNC Chapel Hill and Ancestry.com can give teachers tools to explore family history with their students.

November 25, 2014

My Dirty Little Secret...

Being responsible for helping so many students and raising a child is challenging. There never seems to be enough time in the day. Factor in the ridiculously high expectations I set for myself and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a struggle.

November 24, 2014

Will Common Core Kill Creative Teaching?

You've probably heard the argument that common core will kill creativity—if it doesn't kill everything else first. But is it possible that standards could actually make creative teaching more likely? Can we imagine a world where standards actually make creative teaching possible by validating the work that has to be done to give it life?

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