October 2011 Archives

Tricks and Treats

Teachers usually approach Halloween with a mix of stoic resignation and determined tolerance for excess. As in: I got through this before, and I can do it again. Pass the Kit Kat bars.


Why I Like Tests

The huge increase in testing hasn't told us a single thing we didn't already know about who holds the cards in the education game, who will take home the biggest piece of the pie. We don't need more data.


The Difference between TFA "Corps Members" and Regular Teachers

The Teach for America alumni assumed they already had a seat at the table, and a genuine voice in policy creation. The student teachers in Michigan were just trying to get hired.


Classroom Walls: We Don't Need No Thought Control

The best classrooms are full of sticky items, places where kids cluster and are encouraged to interpret and apply things they've learned.


Discouraged from Dreaming

Most days, it feels as if the only people who get to have a dream about wonderful schools are those who aren't actually working in schools.


The Mitchell 20

A new film tells the real, and often heartbreaking, story of one school in Phoenix, twenty teachers, a dedicated principal--and how they collectively decided to improve the one thing they had control over: teaching.


Three Things I Used to Think About School Reform

What did you used to think about school reform? And what do you think now?


Whatever Happened to Local Control?

Beneath all the rhetoric about giving clueless local boards too much agency there's something very disturbing--a whiff of we-know-better, managerial arrogance. As a teacher, I'd rather take my chances on electing people I know.


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