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Addressing Bias When It Comes to Anger and Black Male Students

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As parents, we are trying to get to,and stay connected to, the heart of who our son is at all times – but especially when he is frustrated or angry because we know how he behaves in those moments may end up defining him. 

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Consequences, Punishments, or Something New?

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What's the difference between consequences and punishments? And, do students need to know the difference?

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Are Middle School and High School Students Really That Different? Observations and Advice From MS/HS Teachers

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I’m excited to be making a big move this school year, from being a middle school teacher to a middle school AND high school teacher.  Yep, I’ve taken a new position as the 8th and 9th grade English teacher at a small K-12 school in my neighborhood.  And while 9th grade is not far from 8th, I know that one year makes a big difference in the life of an adolescent.

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Dave Orphal

August 31, 2014

Moving

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I have traded my Skyline red and black for Northwood green and gold.  I'm no longer a Titan, but now a Charger.  I have traded the Pacific for the Atlantic.  I have traded my sunny California skies forone of Carolina blue.

In short, I’ve moved.

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Bill Ferriter

August 30, 2014

My Favorite Radical Heads to Kindergarten!

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Over the past five years, Tempered Radical author Bill Ferriter has shared a thousand stories about his daughter.  Whether inviting readers to celebrate her adoption, sharing his anger about comics who mock adoptive parents, or simply spending a few minutes singing with her, Bill has always used Reece for inspiration.  In this post, Bill shares his hopes and fears as Reece heads to Kindergarten.

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John Holland

August 30, 2014

Flipped Classroom Perspective

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 At this time of year, I find myself orchestrating a return to a sense of awareness of the perspectives of others. When I am at home (in between conferences, family visits, and trips) over the summer, I often revert to a more natural state of being. I know who I am, what I am feeling, where I need to be, and how to meet the needs of my family.

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Susan Carle

August 29, 2014

Let teacher leaders lead Common Core professional development

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One of the best aspects of the California Common Core State Standards is the focus on developing students’ literacy across a number of subjects. This is great news for students, because it means that whether they’re taking history, math, social studies, or science classes, they’ll be developing the advanced literacy skills they need to succeed in the 21st century.

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Terrance Amsler

August 29, 2014

Why ‘proficiency’ in the Common Core era is misleading

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On my resume, I write that I’m proficient in Spanish.  Do I have, as some would say, an embarrassing accent? Yes. Do I forget to use the subjunctive or misconjugate the presente perfecto? More often than I’d like.

Yet despite these shortcomings, I’m able to have enjoyable and successful conversations. Most of us would probably consider this ‘proficient.’

But in the world of the Common Core standards, I’d be assessed as “approaching proficiency”--or below the proficient level.

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Bill Ferriter

August 27, 2014

Three Tips for Classroom Blogging Projects

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In this refreshed, updated version of a 2013 post, sixth grade classroom teacher Bill Ferriter reminds readers that classroom blogging projects depend on more than finding the right blogging tool and turning students loose.  In it, Bill argues against creating individual blogs for students and for creating blogs centered around causes that kids care about.

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