January 2015 Blog Posts (70)

Today, for the first and only time in as long as I can remember, I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a teacher. by Jennifer Higgins

Today, for the first and only time in as long as I can remember, I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a teacher. The reason? One that I am embarrassed to admit. 

As an elementary educator, there are any number of challenges I face on a daily basis. We’ve ALL been there. Schedules that seem impossible, students who struggle, curriculum demands, parental communication, interruptions for students leaving early or coming late, social drama “spillover”, not enough time…

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Added by Michael Keany on January 31, 2015 at 10:47am — 20 Comments

Curriculum Redesign Initiative….Oh really?!?

Progressive educators think that the way you redesign curricula is you throw out all traditional content and introduce dozens of soft skills,  strange new literacies, and 21st century this-and-that.

The people proposing this sort of redesign are the same people who have controlled education for 75 years. Do you believe in your heart that they will now do a better job? You know they won’t. (You probably suspect the truth. They don’t want the schools to do…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 30, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

3 Tips for Building Teacher Leadership by Christopher Wooleyhand, Ph.D.

Good schools have good leadership. Great schools have great teacher leadership. We can all think back to the day when the single heroic leader model was the norm. This was the era of the authoritarian principal who ruled with a firm hand. They were the only “expert” in the building and they used their influence in every aspect of management. Some of those dinosaurs remain, but much like the dinosaurs, they are headed for extinction.



The postmodern principal recognizes that schools… Continue

Added by Debbie Wooleyhand on January 30, 2015 at 12:42pm — No Comments

What Makes Educational Technology Programs Work? by Robert E. Slavin

What Makes Educational Technology Programs Work?

Robert E. Slavin



While everyone else is having a lot more fun, my colleagues and I sit up late at night writing a free web site, the …

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Added by Michael Keany on January 30, 2015 at 12:11pm — No Comments

The Snow Day Decision

The public's unforgiving criticism of the recent snowstorm that hit the northeast offers an exaggerated insight into the ongoing commentary about the work of educators and the politicians who they have voted into office. It is good to have open discussions.  But Monday morning quarterbacking is best only done by those who have made the decisions. For them it is called reflection. Including in that reflection those affected by the decisions is wisdom.  …

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on January 29, 2015 at 7:15am — No Comments

5 Conventional Career Advice You Should Ignore

Tons of career advice has been around for a long time. Most, if not all, hard-working professionals thought that those pieces of advice were the code to their success. However, do not hang on too much on some tips because it could lead you to frustration.

Don't be left so far behind and become clueless about career advancement. Check out these…

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Added by Gemma Gaten on January 29, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Do teacher prep programs lack rigor? - Finding of grade inflation criticized by teacher educators By: Matt Zalaznick

Do teacher prep programs lack rigor?
Finding of grade inflation criticized by teacher educators
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Added by Michael Keany on January 28, 2015 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Helping Teachers to Create CCLS Aligned Writing Prompts

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

 -E.L Doctorow

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Added by Amy DeMarco on January 28, 2015 at 11:23am — No Comments

Helping Teachers to Create CCLS Aligned Writing Prompts

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

 -E.L Doctorow

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Added by Amy DeMarco on January 28, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Five Myths About Young People and Social Media by Peter Gray

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Added by Michael Keany on January 27, 2015 at 4:25pm — No Comments

How to Identify and Keep Exceptional Young Teachers By Peter DeWitt

How to Identify and Keep Exceptional Young Teachers

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Added by Michael Keany on January 27, 2015 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Digging into Data: It's Not Just for Math Class by SUZIE BOSS



Digging into Data: It's Not Just for Math Class

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Added by Michael Keany on January 27, 2015 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Teacher to legislators: Here’s how your decisions impact my students every single day By Lori Rice

Teacher to legislators: Here’s how your decisions impact my students every single day…

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Added by Michael Keany on January 27, 2015 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Principals Have a Complex Job

The principalship is complicated. Along with the increasing responsibilities and demand for a growing knowledge base, principals have welcomed a variety of different types of learners, an increased number of English language learners, and a growing number of children living in poverty. They have had to learn how to coach and mentor teachers who have to learn about different abilities, second language acquisition, cultural differences for those entering our country, the impact of…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on January 27, 2015 at 6:56am — No Comments

Schools Are Good for Showing Off, Not for Learning by Peter Gray

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Added by Michael Keany on January 26, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments

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