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The title of this post is a quote from an Education Trust report on why talented teachers leave low-performing schools and how some school districts have tried to change that. (Read the report here.) I found this report really interesting, firstly because it articulated beautifully what my roommate and I could only say in crude…

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Jun 22 2012

High Stakes Testing

As of this year, high school seniors in New Mexico have to pass a standardized test to get a diploma. At first glance, this seems like a good thing. A kid shouldn’t graduate high school without a certain level of proficiency in reading and math, at least, and requiring them to pass the test requires…

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Jun 16 2012

Summer School

In my summer school classes, we have students who just finished second grade who can’t add 8 + 6, who can’t tell the difference between a card that says “brain” and a card that says “lung” even when there are pictures that go with it, and, most upsettingly, who don’t know all the letters of…

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Here goes: why is teaching now different from teaching in the 1950s? This sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but I’m serious. Maybe my picture of ’50s classrooms is way off the mark (confession: it’s coming from movies), but I have this picture that back in the day kids sat in rows, teachers taught…

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Jun 04 2012


Whew. The school year is officially over. It ended for real last Tuesday, but then we had 2 days of Common Core training and one day of checkout, and now I’m sitting through 4 days of Lindamood-Bell training (which is good stuff but could really be done in 1 or 2 days), plus after that…

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