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  • Retirement Row

    If you couldn't tell, I am pretty passionate about my job and educating kids for today's society. I've made numerous controversial comments about how people should retire if they hate their teaching job because it effects kids. Why is this such a thing for me? A couple reasons: Back when my grandfather was a police officer, he worked in the traffic bureau before he retired. I asked him one day what he does; he said he hangs out on "retirement row". Clueless as to what that meant, I ...

    by Jay Eitner @iSuperEit
    Wednesday, 25 May 2016
  • What Do I Fix Next

    Every top teacher that I know can tell you what their Worst Thing is. The good-bad teacher model that's constantly being used as a basis for policy proposals-- it's nuts. In that universe, teachers are good or bad. Put a bad teacher in a classroom, and education withers and dies as students fail to thrive. Put a great teacher (or an "effective teacher") in a classroom, and test scores fly upward and a thousand learning moments bloom. If you're a teacher, you're good or bad, and when you step ...

    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Wednesday, 25 May 2016
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    What kind of learner are you? Are you auditory, visual, or kinesthetic? Different learning styles require different teaching and learning strategies in order for students to achieve deep learning. Furthermore, there are times where I need my students to visualize a concept in order to truly grasp it.  I can show them a graphic organizer... But I know it'll go "poof" the next day because they didn't actually construct it.  Or I can have them draw it... But I know that my slow learne ...

    by Salwa Ghandour
    Tuesday, 24 May 2016
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    Take It Outside!

    When we think about young children and the outdoors, we tend to associate the two with playing, or perhaps with the opportunity for kids to get the wiggles out. Maybe we even think of it in terms of break time for the teacher. But in a discussion for Studentcentricity, guests Heidi Veal and Ruth Wilson, author of Learning Is in Bloom: Cultivating Outdoor Explorations, talked with me about why and how teachers should take learning outdoors. Following our talk, Heidi contributed these additiona ...

    by Rae Pica | @raepica1
    Monday, 23 May 2016
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    Should Practitioners Ignore Researchers?

    Since the start of my career in 2007, I have witnessed some form of educational debate take place on almost a daily basis. And, with the rise of social media – in particular, Facebook and Twitter – these types of conversations are now that much easier to create, engage in, and/or find. The Problem Overall, the majority of this communication does ultimately benefit our students, but at the same time I believe we owe it to our profession to not just interact when we’re “in the know,” but also ...

    by Ross Cooper | @RossCoops31
    Monday, 23 May 2016
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Back to School: Recovering the Passion To Make a Difference

Gail Connelly with Former U.S Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch

pic Historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch travels the nation speaking to educators and says that the depth of discouragement in the field is at an all time high. Why are so many educators demoralized? More importantly, how can those who feel this way recover their passion to make a difference? Diane offers some great advice.
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