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March 02, 2015

The Declining Value of Value-Added Models, and Why They Persist Anyway

Not content to leave a bad idea alone, policymakers now seem intent on applying value-added methods as a means of assessing teacher effectiveness. To just about anyone who has ever actually spent a significant amount of time teaching, this is a terrible idea. But the policy machine marches on anyway—how come?

February 27, 2015

Advice for Pre-Service Teachers

What practical advice would you give a person who wants to teach? I just say teaching will change your life.

February 24, 2015

Homework, Oh Homework...

What do you get when you put unreasonable expectations on teachers and parents to make sure kids do things that adults they've never met really, really think they ought to do? You get homework. Even in first grade.

February 19, 2015

Oklahoma Is Not OK

Out in Oklahoma, a state representative wants to repeal and replace AP US history. Here we go again.

February 13, 2015

A Love Letter to Teaching

Learning is a joy. We can reach its delights on our own as individuals, but how wonderful it is to take someone's hand and show them the way.

February 09, 2015

Waiting and Organizing: Two Strategies for Developing Deeper Learners

A teacher at an Envisions school reflects on approaches that his experience as a coach helped him develop to improve student learning.

February 08, 2015

Are We Ready to Have a Real Conversation About K-12 Grading?

Looking at all the ways my kids are being graded has me thinking: is there anything we can do about it? We could start by slowing down to think about the nature of intelligence, what graded assessment tells us about it, and what it would take to think about it differently.

February 05, 2015

Ga. Lawmaker Calls Advanced Placement U.S. History Course 'Revisionist'

Last week, Republican state Sen. William Ligon introduced a resolution calling on the College Board to return its previous course framework.

February 03, 2015

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Look at Another Report Card: Here Comes One From Pre-K

Just when you thought you'd seen it all: along comes a report card for a four-year-old. And it's probably even more ridiculous than you thought it would be.

January 20, 2015

Does Differentiation Work? Is That Even the Right Question?

James R. Delisle stirred a hornet's nest recently when he proclaimed, right here in the pages of Ed Week, that differentiated instruction doesn't work. I think he's focused on the wrong thing.

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