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#NCTE16 Day Three: Radical Loving Kindness and Deepened Purpose

  We were lucky this year to be able to do two presentations. Today’s was about surviving teaching. We intended an interactive session where our attendees talked more than we did. We wanted them to have space for conversation about … Continue reading

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I Guess It Could Be Worse? Happy Saturday.

This video was posted by a teacher friend this week. It’s Japanese (by Takuya Okada, from 2011, judging by the youtube channel), and from a bit of peripheral reading I picked up that it was inspired by conversations in Japan … Continue reading

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Reign of Error tidbit: The Language of Corporate Reform

If you’re not reading Diane Ravitch’s Reign of Error, you should be. I’ll take it upon myself to post a few tidbits while I’m reading it. Here’s today’s installment: From Chapter 4, “The Language of Corporate Reform”: Recognizing that most … Continue reading

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Science Suggests Measurable Benefits To Reading Serious Literature: From the NYT Blog

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov – NYTimes.com. This article from the NYT Blog was sent to me by three different people. So I guess I had to share. It’s interesting science. But what really struck me … Continue reading

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How I did on my final exam and what my students can teach us all about how to get along

My seniors just finished their final for this semester, a formal speech of their research paper argument about a controversial issue in society. We organized these speeches into panel presentations focused on broad topics that unified 2 to 5 individual … Continue reading

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Again: Relevance, why Twitter? SmartBlogs

Again: Relevance, why Twitter? SmartBlogs. Tom Whitby, in the above post, makes a great case for Twitter for educators. The only beef I have with his position is that I am not as sure as he is that educators were … Continue reading

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Teachers aren’t to blame for education’s ills, we are

Over dinner with friends last evening (one of whom is a teacher–she and I went through the same teacher education program together in college back in the mid-90s), we discussed the teacher bashing in our society right now. We discussed … Continue reading

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Frightening doesn’t cover it!

This is from Ed Week, by Diane Ravitch: modal years of teaching experience in 1987-88 was 15 (meaning that there were more teachers with 15 years of experience than any other group); in the latest published survey, 2007-08, the modal … Continue reading

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Alfie Kohn’s new book (video)

Alfie Kohn’s new book is called Feel Bad Education. This interview discusses some of the ideas in the book. “In a progressive school the kids are typically wrestling with real ideas.” at 1:45. Love that thought. That’s what we are … Continue reading

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The more things change…

The more they stay the same right? “In a complex period of transition, many Americans do not have a full appreciation of the public school system. The teacher is not respected sufficiently, and financial support for schools is lacking. Many … Continue reading

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