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To A New Teacher Struggling with Common Core

After two months, I still think about her question every day: “What do you tell young teachers who are struggling with Common Core?” The questioner was a pre-service teacher a few weeks away from beginning her student-teaching experience. The place … Continue reading

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End of First Quarter: What I’ll Miss and What I Won’t

This is my final year at the school where I’ve worked for the last 27 years. With some regularity, people say to me, “Aren’t you glad you’re leaving?” The answer is not as simple as Yes or No. Yes, I’ll … Continue reading

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5 Good Ideas for High Schools to Adapt from Elementary Schools

Always on the lookout for ways to help high schools run more smoothly and effectively, I keep noticing that many good ideas for improving high school programs and policies look a lot like the way elementary schools operate. I wonder … Continue reading

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What Should We Call THOSE Kids?

This issue may be trivial, but it’s been gnawing at me for a while. When we separate students into English classes based on ability, scores, clout, or any objective or subjective measure, what should we call the classes and the … Continue reading

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What Should We Call THOSE Kids?

This issue may be trivial, but it’s been gnawing at me for a while. When we separate students into English classes based on ability, scores, clout, or any objective or subjective measure, what should we call the classes and the … Continue reading

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Let’s have an all-district institute day! Part II

Today’s all-district English institute began with this:  “Everyone is under pressure for data.”  Although I haven’t really sensed that pressure myself, I understand that some folks might feel it.  Then we moved to “How do we get the kids to … Continue reading

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