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My Longstanding Beef with Instructional Leaders


If you have followed the Radical for any length of time, you know that I can ruffle feathers with the best of them.


Becoming a Teacher is Becoming More


Over 20 years ago one of my high school teachers said something to me that still rings in my ears. How do we respond to those who tell us they are considering becoming teachers? What messages do we send?


Selma: Teaching Critical Skills


 If it’s current and controversial, it’s a lesson plan.  The controversy that caught my eye this week was the complaints of historical inaccuracy leveled against the movie, Selma, which tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. 

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Tori Mazur

January 24, 2015

Staying In Touch

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"They have been out of the classroom too long."

"They are out of touch with how it really is."
"They should spend a day in my room and then try to tell me how to do my job."

Sound familiar?  I fear I will become one of them, but lcommunication has always been key for quality relationships and it's what I hope will keep me "safe". 

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Julie Hiltz

January 23, 2015

TWO WORDS! Specific Feedback

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I used to write the words a lot, a lot. I mean, like all the time. When I was in high school, I’m fairly certain I had some kind of aversion to the thesaurus. In addition to committing the crime of boring writing, I wrote the words a lot as one word- “alot”. And I did it every time, all the way through high school.

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Megan Allen

January 21, 2015

A lesson plan for family engagement


What can we do to in teacher prep to better prepare teachers to engage with families?

I spoke to Melissa Erickson, Executive Director of the Alliance for Public Schools, about the topic. The resulting conversation was full of ideas for new and veteran teachers alike. Read our piece and other great ideas in this week’s Teaching Ahead from Ed Week. 

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