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Review: UNLEASHING THE POSITIVE POWER OF DIFFERENCES: POLARITY THINKING IN OUR SCHOOLS by Jane A. G. Kise

Some of the most frustrating experiences for educators result from pendulum swings—those predictable actions and reactions that come from programming launched in response to the weaknesses of a previous program that was itself developed to address the weaknesses of what … Continue reading

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Six Short Book Reviews from June, 2013

Here are six quick reviews of books I’ve read over the past few weeks. Some were cross-posted in other places, but I want to have them all in one spot. Maybe one of these titles will appeal to you. Outlaw: … Continue reading

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Review: PENCILS DOWN: RETHINKING HIGH-STAKES TESTING AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Edited by Wayne Au and Melissa Bowman Tempel

The American education public school system is currently down the rabbit-hole when it comes to testing. What if all the money currently being diverted to corporate testing companies and corporate assessment gurus was instead being spent on providing materials that … Continue reading

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Revision is not a re-take.

“Can I re-take your test?” This is a question teachers at our school are currently considering. Should we allow students to re-take tests and quizzes so that they can demonstrate more learning and receive higher grades? I understand the plusses … Continue reading

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When Students Cheat (And When They Don’t)

Academic cheating is not my favorite topic to think, talk, or write about. Too negative. But when cheating surfaces in our schools and classrooms, we’re better off if we know how to approach it and respond. This blog post was jump-started … Continue reading

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Top Ten Lessons Learned: 2011-2012 Edition

1.  Blogging is the perfect vehicle for leading students to write for an audience that goes far beyond their classroom. 2.  A good strategy to help young writers close the gap between what it says on the page and what … Continue reading

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What Do You Do in Your “Free” Periods?

This week felt like my job got in the way of my work because of required extra meetings, a growing trend in my school. On Tuesday, we had a 40-minute department meeting and a 75-minute PLC meeting. This started before … Continue reading

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Review: DRIVE by Daniel H. Pink

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink My rating: 5 of 5 stars I usually start twitching when business management models are applied to schools, but Daniel Pink’s observations about motivation are highly transferable to … Continue reading

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Mark Twain Is Right, Again!

Maybe no one will mind if Mark Twain leads off this blog post: “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. Simply suppose you were a member of Congress. And … Continue reading

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