Category Archives: education

Happy New Year, and hey, education takes people!

A very happy New Year from The Papergraders to the world. We are wishing for the best for education, our culture, the world. Oh wait, that’s redundant. They’re pretty much the same thing. This article from NPR rolled across my … Continue reading

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Gratitude, despite all that is “wrong” in education today

I just read yet another piece about the ills of the teaching profession right now: A Warning to Young People: Don’t Become a Teacher. I don’t think what is depicted in that piece is necessarily inaccurate, but it is yet … Continue reading

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Art. Is. Power.

Day one of #ncte13 and my mind is full, in that way that only happens here surrounded by my people. Thank you everyone who pushed my thinking today. And thank you especially to First Wave’s hip hop art masterpiece at … Continue reading

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Learning more, ‘teaching’ less.

Oooof. The end of the school year is never easy, for me, for the students, for the parents, for anyone. And this one has been particularly tough. I have had some things happen this semester which have been really challenging … Continue reading

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MOOCs and Kooks Part Deux!

As promised, here is follow up to the post I did a while back on the two MOOCs I took over the past month and half. It was an interesting experience. Purely as a student, I enjoyed the heck out … Continue reading

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Testing Backlash: Zombies, Spoken Word, Opting Out

Perhaps you’ve seen this video: “I will not let an exam result decide my fate” by Suli Breaks, spoken word poet out of the UK: I’ve seen it because my students pretty much demanded I see it after I showed … Continue reading

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David Coleman, Common Core, and Storytelling

There has been a lot of chatter on the intertubes in the last six months about how the Common Core will or will not cause the removal, reduction or shift of the place of fiction in the Language Arts curriculum. … Continue reading

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Wondering about privatization? Try this: Education Policy Blog: Doing Less with More

Just in case you were wondering where we would get by letting the private sector run education at any level, I think this quote sums it up: “Absorbing roughly 30% of the federal student loan funds plus multiple private loans … Continue reading

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Interesting Headline: How Blaming Teachers Shortchanges Students | NEA Today

Strangely enough, some people who study education think that blaming teachers for all the problems isn’t helping. Who could have guessed that?!   How Blaming Teachers Shortchanges Students | NEA Today.

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NCTE Day 2 Haikus

One: I promised myself to write reflections each day of this conference   Two: So tired tonight. thoughts swirling like Cirque de Soleil. can only haiku.   Three: Reminded again, Kittle, Newkirk, Gallagher: Stories. Reflection.   Four: Tom Romano sat … Continue reading

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