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John Holland

August 20, 2016

White Privilege is Easy

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Over the next month, teachers will be taking part in a social justice roundtable discussion in the CTQ Collaboratory and on Twitter with #CTQCollab.

One idea that I have found to be true in American society is this:

Power Protects Power

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Nick Tutolo

August 9, 2016

Tracking: A Continuation of School Segregation

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Almost 4 years ago, I started at a new school as a 7th grade math teacher. On the first day of school, I taught two separate sections of math class—advanced math and math (or as my students called it “math for slow people”). My home base was a hallmark of diversity—a reflection of the city in every way. Every demographic was represented.  When I walked into the advanced math class, I could have been teaching in a different school entirely. Looking back at me was a sea of white faces. My mind began to wonder: In a school that is so diverse, how did we end up at this point? If as an outsider I was able to identify the problem on day 1, how had no one else recognized this as a problem?

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Bill Ferriter

August 6, 2016

"There Will Always be an Overhead."

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Marcy Hannula -- a fantastic teacher and friend who has challenged my practice for the better part of a decade -- was cleaning out her professional library the other day when she stumbled across a chapter in a book on computers in the classroom.

The graphic below caught her eye because she knew it would rile me up.  See if you can figure out why it drives me completely crazy:

(click to enlarge)

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Bill Ferriter

August 3, 2016

I'm Planning a Pokemon Go Rally for My Middle Schoolers

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I have a confession to make:  I spent the first two weeks of July rolling my eyes as I read article after article in my social stream about the "transformational power of Pokemon Go."  I had the app on my phone, I'd caught more than a few Pidgeys, and hit up more than a few Poke stops -- but to me, there was nothing truly transformational about it.  In fact, I was pretty sure that I'd delete the app before school even started.

But then I showed it to my seven year old daughter, and she was hooked!

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