Tag Archives: Education

The Bell Curve

Education is a field that seems especially prone to ideological movements, trends and even fads. Sometimes these swings are substantive, and reflect well thought out pedagogical philosophies. Other times they are more political, with educational arguments mirroring the style and … Continue reading

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Drowning in the Shallows

In my first post, I used the words “appropriate, meaningful and relevant” to describe the education that we should (and often fail to) provide for our students. But what does that mean? It’s clear that teaching to the test isn’t … Continue reading

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The Treadmill

Why am I awake right now? It is 7:00 AM on Saturday morning. Yesterday was a 12-hour day at school, plus two hours of commuting for good measure. I got home a little before 10pm after being pulled over by … Continue reading

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Strategery

My class just finished their STAR testing this past week, and as I near the end of my first full year back in a public school classroom, I have a deeper understanding of the pressures that public school teachers and … Continue reading

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Fear Is the Mind-Killer

In my teaching credential program my favorite course was educational psychology. While many of my peers were eager to get to the methods courses and start learning the specifics of how and what to teach, I was fascinated by my … Continue reading

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Identity Crisis: How Teachers Can Get Their Groove Back

What does it really mean to be a teacher? Depending on whom you talk to, teaching is a trade, a craft, a profession or even an art. Rush Limbaugh and his ilk are even calling it a scam to bleed … Continue reading

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Showtime!

When you’re immersed in the jargon of your profession it can be difficult to step back and reflect on the meanings and implications of everyday words. Recently it struck me how often we talk about student performance, rather than student … Continue reading

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