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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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Making space for teaching and writing, writing and teaching

I had one of those trail runs today. It was a run where my mind got totally lost and I started writing some paragraphs in my head. Didn’t even notice that my dog was straggling waaaaaaaay behind me. See this … Continue reading

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More than a Number: Why Class Size Matters

For a while now, the good folks at NCTE have been fighting the good fight on class size for language arts teachers. This link goes to their policy statement on class size: More than a Number: Why Class Size Matters. … Continue reading

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Mission Clarified

I had the lucky opportunity to attend the Colorado Day of Writing this past weekend. And what a gift. I haven’t had a whole day to talk and think about writing for a very long time. I didn’t get much … Continue reading

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The “Crisis” of American Education

Please read and widely circulate: Flunking the Test  | American Journalism Review.. This takes on the U.S. media and how it has reported the “crisis” in education. It makes the point that by some valid measures, education in the US has never … Continue reading

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Wendy Kopp, TFA, and life in a bubble.

Yesterday the Huffington Post ran an op/ed piece by Wendy Kopp, the founder of TFA. The title was In Defense of Optimism.  I read it, tweeted it, and moved on, but it has been rattling in my head for 24 … Continue reading

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PLEASE read this and pass it on– Ravitch: No Student Left Untested

Here is yet one more piece by Diane Ravitch (published earlier this week in the New York Review of Books) that clearly articulates the issues surrounding testing, NCLB, Race to the Top, and teacher accountability. Click here to read it. … Continue reading

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Mr. President, please make sense.

So , the state of the union was on Tuesday. And the President said some nice stuff about teachers. Which he did last time there was an election. But my cynicism cup runneth over. As everyone on facebook and twitter … Continue reading

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