Why I Teach

Jen Robinson Uncategorized

by Jen Teaching allows me to: Articulate Inspire Motivate Create Discover Smile Laugh Cry Read Write Think Calculate Communicate Collaborate Mediate Watch Learn Grow Explore Sing Investigate Plan Anticipate Expect Differentiate Individualize Share Celebrate Understand Demonstrate Experience Advocate Discern Problem

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And the Winner…!

Donnie Dicus Uncategorized

Well, the winner wasn't me! I got my rejection letter in the mail. "Dear Mr. Dicus, Thank you for letting us observe your classroom and meeting with you. You're nomination for this award is a huge accomplishment. Unfortunately, ……" (I

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No, It’s a Child.

Daniela A. Robles Uncategorized

Yesterday my colleagues and I had the pleasure of a good old-fashioned read-aloud (no post-its to track our thinking, or an explicit strategy think aloud). We gathered in the library for our PLC Wednesday and our principal began the afternoon

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Those Who Can, Make Movies

Eve Rifkin Assessment, Education, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Literacy, Mentoring, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership

At a Microsoft conference for educators last summer I got to take home a bunch of pink erasers (I was hoping for something sleeker). The erasers read “make mistakes”. The folks at one of the most successful corporations on the planet know that mistakes lead to great ideas and that they should be made regularly. We need to start rewarding innovation and risk-taking if we want good, or even great teachers. And those are the very things that will be punished if we think that a standardized test taken by a hungry or moody teenager can tell us everything we need to know about good teaching.

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