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May 05, 2015

Common Core Is Not a Government Takeover

You may have heard that Common Core is a "government takeover" of education. You heard wrong. But there is government interference to be concerned about, and it's probably happening near you.

April 30, 2015

Can School Reform Save Baltimore?

School reformers, especially the ones pushing "no excuses" approaches to school change, have made at least an implicit promise that their approach to fixing schools will work. Baltimore seems to be telling us something else.

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 19, 2015

A Teacher Calling It Quits for All the Right Reasons

Another teacher is hanging it up, this time after only six years in the classroom. Should we be worried about the fact that so many teachers choose to leave the classroom so soon?

April 08, 2015

Three Strategies for Algebra Teaching Pinpointed in New Guide

Algebra teachers should show students both correctly and incorrectly solved problems and have students to discuss them, according to a new algebra practice guide.

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.

March 31, 2015

Designing a Curriculum for Deeper Learning

Depth, creativity, and reflection are the hallmarks of instructional design for deeper learning, according to Bob Lenz.

March 31, 2015

No, Really, Don't Become a Teacher... Unless You Do This

Nancie Atwell just one the "Nobel Prize of Teaching," and promptly warned young people not to become teachers. I don't blame her for the frustration, but here's my attempt to be a little more hopeful.

March 27, 2015

Finland to Reduce Role of Academic Subjects Through 'Phenomenon' Teaching

A set of reforms in Finland will require schools to implement extended "phenomenon-based" programs that focus on interdisciplinary lessons rather than traditional subject-area classes.

March 19, 2015

Encouraging Respectful Conversation on Religious Diversity

Given the increasing diversity in our classrooms and communities, how do we teach students to respectfully engage with peers of differing religious belief systems?

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