What Would Your IEP Say?

Alaina Adams Education, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Professional Development, Social Issues, Teacher Leadership

So I show up for work this morning and immediately have to deal with a challenging student. This kid is the typical, “emotionally disturbed” kid who is strategically placed so that if he throws himself onto the floor in an

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Protecting the Teacher AllSpark

Alaina Adams Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Mentoring, National Board Certification, Parent Involvment, Professional Development, Social Issues, Teacher Leadership, Web/Tech, Weblogs

I read Bill Ferriter’s blog this week about the story of Mitchell 20, a movie about 20 Phoenix elementary teachers who chose to pursue National Board certification as a way to take control of the one thing they could control:

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What Parents Really Want to Tell Teachers

Alaina Adams Education, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Parent Involvment, Social Issues, Teacher Leadership

Personal Facebook friends of mine know that, from time to time, I post links, blogs and overall feelings about the teaching profession in addition to the usual, daily things like, “Alaina Adams is eating Frosted Flakes right now.” On September

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F A M E

Jen Robinson Education Policy, Teacher Leadership

In Arizona each school district is required to have a new teacher and principal evaluation in place by December 15, 2011. The requirements are slightly different than we are accustomed to. Now, 33-50% of the evaluation is weighted by student

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