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Our Top Priority

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As the seasons shift from winter to spring, many of us are headed into "testing season" in our schools. Several states are implementing new assessments this year, and these changes have resulted in teachers feeling increased stress and pressure. What should teachers focus on right now? 

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Make Sure Your Students Have These 3 Things

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Yes, you do teach your content. But you are also responsible for providing your students with something else. Time to change the game. 

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My Teacher Leader Manifesto

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My Teaching is no longer limited to the work of preparing students for their futures. Instead, to be a TeacherI must also include working beyond the classroom to rebuild the profession and turn the country away from the abyss and toward a new day in education.

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Liz Prather

March 30, 2015

My "No Grades!" Experiment: The Final Huzzah

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What happens when you abolish grades for twelve weeks and allow students to create and grow for the sake of learning?  Some kids hated it, some kids loved it, and some didn't give a flip either way. Here, in their own words, are the reflection of my freshman and sophmore class about our "No Grades!" experiment. 

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Sandy Merz

March 30, 2015

My Teacher Leader Manifesto

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My Teaching is no longer limited to the work of preparing students for their futures. Instead, to be a TeacherI must also include working beyond the classroom to rebuild the profession and turn the country away from the abyss and toward a new day in education.

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Deidra Gammill

March 29, 2015

Why I Believe the Critics are "Dead Wrong" about Nancie Atwell

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I joined with many other educators in my surprise over Nancie Atwell’s comments on CNN after receiving the “Nobel Prize” for teaching earlier this month. Taken at face value, her comments seem strangely juxtaposed against a lifetime dedicated to the teaching profession. Which is exactly why I think her comments, and her reputation, deserve more than a knee-jerk response or sensational headline.

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Justin Minkel

March 21, 2015

What It Takes

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How do you think the following story ends?

A six-year-old child is sexually assaulted by her stepfather. Her mother is not literate, and her family lives in poverty. She suffers both physical and psychological problems from the abuse she endured. She experiences a psychotic episode in third grade and is sent to a facility an hour’s drive from her town.

Four years later, here is the same girl:

She is confident and happy. She is considering a career as a police officer, though her mom thinks she should become a nurse, and her teacher thinks she should be a doctor. She plans to go to college.

How did this child get from there to here? How did she write a new story for her life?

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Bill Ferriter

March 21, 2015

What Kind of School Have YOU Created?

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Let's start with a simple truth: Genuine learning is a beautiful process that leaves people mentally challenged and stretched and refreshed.  It's a time of exploration and discovery and excitement that is fundamentally about making connections between notions and new ideas and individuals who are passionate about studying the same content together.

Genuine learning is a joyful act worthy of celebration:

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