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March 30, 2016

Learning From Politics: 5 Actions to Help Students Embrace Civility

Considering all of the negative rhetoric this political season we need to explore ways to find civility again, and these are five actions we can take to find it.

March 24, 2016

'Testing for Joy and Grit'? I Don't Think So.

The NY Times recently ran a story about testing for joy and grit. Seriously? It seems as though joy and grit are really just used for compliance.

March 22, 2016

12 Words That Should Be in Our Educational Vocabulary

The other days I posted about 12 words that should be banned from our educational vocabulary. Here are 12 that I believe should be added.

March 17, 2016

Do Teachers Need Response to Intervention?

Response to Intervention (RTI) has been proven to work with students. Why don't we use it with teachers?

March 12, 2016

Why We Shouldn't Hire From the Gut

We often approach interviews as a "desexualized version of a date" and hire from the gut. There are many reasons why that's the wrong way to go.

March 11, 2016

Why Learning Intentions Don't Necessarily Work

Too many times students are forced to do an activity that surrounds a concept they already know. The activities focus on doing something, rather than learning something. We need to stop doing that.

March 06, 2016

Ability Grouping or Mixed Grouping: A Point of Contention?

In a recent blog post, Shirley Clarke wrote about how ability grouping doesn't work, and it raised quite a stir. I would suggest that mixed-ability grouping doesn't either, because many people use it by name alone.

February 27, 2016

Why Do We Need Tomorrow's Classrooms Today?

Many classrooms still look like they did yesterday and yesteryear. We need to be talking about tomorrow's classrooms today, and there is a venue where this will be happening, and some awesome educators leading the discussion.

February 22, 2016

What Are 'Nude Food Mondays'?

We consume more than we conserve, and there are some pretty simple things schools can do to teach students how to conserve. And it starts with Nude Food Mondays.

February 19, 2016

Summer School: Something's Got to Give

Summer school has been a waste of time for students all around the country. Something has got to give!

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