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How to fight fear of change

Since almost all reform initiatives predicate themselves on changing people, systems, and events, it’s worthy to look at the most powerful mitigating factors in any change or reform situation: fear of change. I think a lot about fear of change in school. It seems to seep up and into every educational practice. We are all …

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My transition – personal post

I haven’t blogged much lately. It’s not for lack of things to say or things to wonder about, but about the busyness of life itself. I am in transition, and if you like, I will tell about it. In December, I completed a doctorate in Educational leadership. I was excited to search for jobs in …

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Screen-free week is stupid

Have you and your family gone screen-free for a week yet? Have you taken the challenge?  As some would suggest, getting away from technology is key to re-establishing relationships, freeing the mind, and even repairing the soul. I propose that we also institute appliance-free week. You know, no refrigerators, dishwashers, mixers, washing machines, dryers, or …

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Is school is the worst place to learn?

One of my favorite parts of my day is watching my son, Nick, learn. He is our youngest at 8 years old, and to him, the world is the classroom. Here are just a few of the many things I’ve watched him learn on his own in the past few weeks: What a tunnel boring machine is and …

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As more teachers embrace digital learning, resources in non-1:1 districts become scarce

It’s a strange time in education, for many reasons. One of which is the evolution of digital technologies that aid instruction and learning. What once were fringe methods only a few teachers used to enhance learning experiences, have now become expected and even mandated in most schools. This is creating a pinch for resources for …

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I, Parent

If you are both a parent and a teacher, you probably have noticed a certain discomfort as the deeply held philosophies and attitudes you hold as a parent sometimes clash with those you hold as a teacher. I think a lot about this, and I feel that more and more often my feelings in these …

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Common Core Testing Backlash – Beginning with principals…

I have grave concerns about the Common Core movement and the doors CCSS opens toward pushing a test-dominated, packaged-curricula world for our students. The initial promise of alignment and common sense standards has already evolved into a texting frenzy, as states and districts aim to prove the new reforms are bearing fruit. I offer a …

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EduCanon might just be the key to flipped accountability

A brilliant math teacher walked in to my room yesterday and said she thought she may have found the answer to her struggles with her flipped advanced math courses: knowing who viewed what, and for how long. She has been fully committed to the flipped concept for most of the past two years, but she …

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4 Reasons you should NOT flip your classroom

I have been long been in favor of the idea of exploiting the power of digital technology to help students learn. In fact, I have been a great proponent of the idea of the flipped classroom, so it may be odd that I am writing a post about why one should not implement the flipped …

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For these kids, YouTube is Google…

Ever really watched a kid look something up online? Have you noticed the same trend I have? That to most kids, YouTube is on the same par as Google when looking something up? For example, if I take students into a lab or check out iPads, and ask them to get some information about Elizabeth …

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