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Classroom culture: Democratic classrooms

10.14.13 | 4 Comments | ,

By Beverly Logas Koopman

The culture of a classroom has a lot of impact on how a classroom operates minute by minute. Entire programs, like Responsive Classroom, have been built around this one reality. For more than a decade, I’ve been using a democratic approach to my classroom’s daily meeting.... Read More

Let’s get personal

10.09.13 | 0 Comments |

By Carolyn Bunting

So much of teaching is now driven by data (i.e., test scores) and dictated by “best practices” that teachers are losing confidence in their own creativity. Yet despite these unfortunate consequences of No Child Left Behind, the important work of teachers remains unchanged — the work of ... Read More

Driven by data?

10.07.13 | 1 Comment | ,

By Janet Angelis

Phrases like “data-driven instruction” and “data-driven decision making” make me wonder exactly who is driving, the data or the people? If we don’t stop to ask, “Where are we going?” “For what purpose?” and “What evidence do these data provide?” we risk putting data in the driver’s ... Read More

Education reform as revenge of the nerds

10.02.13 | 1 Comment |

By Robert Maranto

“I was not in the top 10% of my graduating class, nor would that have made me a better or worse teacher — possibly a better reader and studier. The notion that there could ever be an initiative to attract this caliber of teacher without a complete ... Read More

You want me to eat that?

09.30.13 | 1 Comment |

By Bruce Torff

You know what they say about too many cooks in the kitchen. Certainly dinner is no better for it, and usually it’s a lot worse.

Would that this wisdom was better known by teacher education reformers.  Their zeal to improve the quality of teacher preparation has produced, ... Read More

700 hours to read

09.23.13 | 1 Comment | ,

By Joan Richardson

Every Thursday night, I teach an American high school graduate how to read. Kita and I have worked together for two hours a week almost every week for 3½ years. That means that she has invested roughly 350 hours of face-to-face time with me plus a roughly ... Read More

Tipping education

09.16.13 | 3 Comments | ,

By LOIS BROWN EASTON

I am wondering what it will take to tip education into a more student-centered approach to learning. Malcolm Gladwell’s 2002 book The Tipping Point charged me up — change can happen! Gladwell described transformations that were epidemic in nature, both for good and bad. The good ... Read More

Different roles in tough times

09.09.13 | 0 Comments | ,
Wise organizational leadership sees challenging times as opportunities to grow and learn.... Read More

Flavor of the month

09.02.13 | 0 Comments |
New ideas are hard to accept and learning to put them into practice is even harder. But that's the essence of learning.... Read More

What’s your definition of success?

08.26.13 | 1 Comment | , ,
How do you define success for students?... Read More

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