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OK, You Got Your Feet Wet! – Professional Learning Networks

So it is the start of the school year and perhaps you have just started your trek into this new pedagogy, this new network of learners. I think it is kind of like that first step into the lake to … Continue reading

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Response From NBC News

Here was the response I received today from NBC. I have removed the name of the person that sent it (No it wasn’t straight from Brian Williams): Hi Brian, Thank you for reaching out to Education Nation-we appreciate your interest … Continue reading

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An Open Letter To NBC News and Brian Williams

Dear NBC News and Brian Williams: I see NBC News is providing a broadcast forum called “Education Nation.” NBC is billing it as: “Education Nation is a nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation about improving education in America.” As I look over … Continue reading

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Repost: “The Important Book” A Writing Lesson

I’ve had several requests for this repost and I’m actually about to re-visit this lesson with my class to review the concepts and bring my 6 new students up to speed (I roll my class for 3 years, so 19 … Continue reading

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What Do Teachers Need From Administrators?

Scott McLeod asked me to contribute (he didn’t offer cash as I recall) to his, “What do teachers need from administrators?” week of posts. His blog is much more widely read than mine, so don’t miss it there or you … Continue reading

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REPOST: A “Forgotten” Best Practice – Making A Difference In Students’ Lives

I’m about to begin my 29th or 30th year as a teacher (I’ve lost count), and I’m pleased to say that I’m raring to go. There are just so many exciting possibilities. Having said that, I also see many barriers … Continue reading

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The LA Test Score Debacle

- This post is actually a comment I left on the “Taking Note” blog. The author, John Merrow wrote about his support of the LA Times plan to publish student test scores as a way to “out” teachers: Face it. … Continue reading

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Online Safety Costs

Seeing that the Department of Education is hosting a cyber-bullying summit this week caused me to wonder aloud something that I and others have wondered before: How much of the cyber-bullying and other online safety issues would be helped if … Continue reading

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Race To The Top “Winners” (2nd round) Announced – So Why Do I Feel Like We All Lost?

So the RttT 2nd round “winners“ were announced today and what bothered me about it the most I think, is that it shows that a very narrow-minded policy is going forward and the negative side of me sees only bad … Continue reading

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Is There A Change of Heart Brewing About Race To The Top?

I have long questioned why a policy like Race To The Top that is supposed to be about promoting innovation in education, has had such a narrow focus on charter schools, relying on standardized test scores to evaluate teachers, as well … Continue reading

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