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    What the Tests Don't Tell Us

      It is no secret that today's youth are tested and re-tested at astounding rates.  Ever since the implementation of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which mandated annual yearly testing for students in all 50 states as a means for measuring progress; teachers, parents, and students have been inundated with a kind of testing mania. Clara Hemphill in her op-ed piece Too Much for Testing to Bear states, "Parents, teachers, and certainly t ...

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    by Lindsey Lipsky
    Tuesday, 03 March 2015
  • Beach Balls or Raw Eggs? Sharing Sensitive Information with Parents

    Taking good, objective notes during observations is critical for documenting behaviors and development. A fair number of these to share at conference time can really make a difference. When approaching parents with a problem behavior or a concern about development, it is far easier to do so when you have a series of documented observations of the issue in question, rather than simply trying to give a verbal run-down of what you "think" is going on. Through the observations, you can approach par ...

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    by Debra Pierce
    Tuesday, 03 March 2015
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    The Demise of Creative Self-expression

      Consider the following stories that I’ve come across in my years as an education consultant:  A teacher gave her class an assignment to draw horses. One little boy turned in a picture of a blue horse and received a grade of F. His teacher explained that horses are white, black, or brown. The little boy, who went home in tears, was confused because in his house there was a painting by Franz Marc in which three blue horses roam a brightly colored field. Teresa Amabile wrote ab ...

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    by Rae Pica
    Monday, 02 March 2015
  • Get Gritty and Grow

    Before, when I would hear the word 'grit' I would think of John Wayne. A strong, silent figure standing in solidarity with a cigarette and a 5 o'clock shadow; this embodiment of grit refuses to smile and takes no prisoners. Tough and strong, grit is essentially a cowboy. So how did my association of the word grit evolve from The Duke to the resilient five year old that still raises her hand after offering an incorrect answer? Let me explain... Duckworth says: "Grit is passion and ...

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    by Brianna Baranowski
    Sunday, 01 March 2015
  • Create Opportunities for Student Success

    When teachers at any grade level think about their classroom responsibilities, their focus is almost always on how to cover the mandated subject matter: the knowledge students should gain and the skills they need to develop. Although these are the key components of instructional planning, too often we neglect to build in specific ways we can help our students master that material as well as learn the behaviors that will enable them to become successful adults. We lose sight of the big picture: h ...

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    by Julia G. Thompson
    Sunday, 01 March 2015
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