EDWORDS: Latest Blog Posts

  • Student Success Should NEVER Be a Competition

    Teaching should not be "Survival of the Fittest" As a teacher, it can be hard to escape the political aspects of the job. As a mentor of mine once cleverly stated: "Choosing a career in education is choosing a career in politics." These politics are not making our profession any easier, and they tend to increase pressure on teachers to produce positive results. Right now, though, I want you to take a moment and STOP. While a lot of this depends on the team you are a part of and t ...

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    by Chad Ostrowski | @chadostrowski
    Monday, 24 April 2017
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    Flaws

        I have flaws. I have lots of them.   Peter DeWitt The first time we met, we hugged as if we’d been friends for years. It was at EdCamp Upstate New York in 2015. Before that day, Peter and I had only connected through email. Most of our emails had to do with pieces that I wrote for his blog Finding Common Ground that he publishes for Education Week. Peter gave me the opportunity to publish pieces for his blog on numerous occasions. In fact, looking back now I can’t h ...

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    by Jon Harper / @Jonharper70bd
    Sunday, 23 April 2017
  • Policy, Leaders, and Character

    Many of us spend huge amounts of time discussing and debating education policy. But where the synthetic rubber meets the recycled asphalt, policy is not the most important thing. In every school, in every district, what really matters is the character of the leadership. In the same way that workers do not quit workplaces so much as they quit a boss, teachers are influenced by the administrators in their building. District administrators are influential primarily in how they affect building ad ...

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    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Saturday, 22 April 2017
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    Our Future First

      If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, chances are you have seen my usage of #OurFutureFirst, but what does it mean? What and who does it apply to? Why am I using it when posting about political, global, and educational issues? What is the point? I came up with the phrase “Our Future First” when discussing politics and life with my good friend and mentor Marlena Gross-Taylor. We were trying to create a slogan for a potential political campaign that wo ...

    by Sean A. Thom | @SeanAThom
    Saturday, 22 April 2017
  • Meet the Next Awesome Education Blogger...You!

    I taught in the classroom for eleven years before I put a finger to keyboard to blog. So why did I decide to blog? And why should you? There are two compelling reasons for you to start your own blog. Reason 1 - Your Profession Needs You If you have the intellectual curiosity about education to read BamRadio Network EdWords, then you're doing something awesome in your classroom that other teachers would benefit from reading about. Think about teachers in the United States today - underpaid ...

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    by Tom Mullaney @TomEMullaney
    Thursday, 20 April 2017
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