Monthly Archives: February 2015

Teaching to the test has cost — and not what you might think.

I spent a good part of my professional career trying to convince myself the standardized test we subjected our kids in schools every spring mattered.  My staff and I each summer would anxiously await the official release of the results. … Continue reading

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Dexter Manley and his impact on the reform movement.

I was a newly minted sophomore in college studying to be a teacher when my Professor wheeled in the bulky TV and flipped on a Senate subcommittee hearing that featured Dexter Manley. This is five years after the publication of … Continue reading

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What if the rebellion around high stakes testing finally happens?

I can vividly remember learning in my 10th grade World History class how the Soviet Union organized schooling.  This was in the latter stages of the Cold War and movies like Rocky IV and Red Dawn were in theaters. This … Continue reading

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Since when is the gradebook a weapon of mass destruction?

I am not sure why it happens — but as a new teacher your thoughts are centered on three main items for the most part — Content, Classroom Management, and Lesson Design/Delivery.  At least for me the whole idea of … Continue reading

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