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Collaborate, but collaborate better than thy neighbor(?).

Originally posted at educatedtodeath.com We’ve had several meetings this year that have all had a similar message: “create a competitive environment in your classroom to motive your students”. We are told that they respond well to competition. They should always strive to do better than their neighbor. We are also expected to tell them that … Continue reading

Sneaky Evaluators: Who Sent You, and Why are You Disrupting My Class?

Originally posted at educatedtodeath.com There is a constant stream of evaluators and academic “coaches” streaming through the classrooms at my school. They come in driving unreasonably nice cars, and always look like they just came from a designer boutique and then a full service salon. They look like blooming movie star hopefuls or just well … Continue reading

Language Ghettos

Originally posted on Arizona Stories from School blog. These are my thoughts on the rigid four-hour block that pushes out science and social studies in the name of language acquisition. “Mr. Spencer, what is a common assessment?” a student asks. “It’s a test that every student on the grade level has to take,” I explain. … Continue reading

“Bullying Is Student Voice” (Guest Post by Adam Fletcher)

In a lot of educators’ minds, “student voice” only happens when adults direct learners to share their thoughts in ways that are acceptable in schools. Whether embedded in the curriculum, listened to through adult-led student forums, or guided in carefully moderated websites, student voice is often painted as the cuddly, friendly, and convenient precursor to … Continue reading

A Students Response to Mitt Romney’s: A Chance for Every Child

First off, education is not a privilege. Education is something that is to be thought of as a right, a requirement, and a necessity. Education is something that we owe to children and adults for success both today and tomorrow. When you deny the right to access education, you are denying the right to live … Continue reading

I Am A Student, and I Stand Against Students For Education Reform (SFER)

Originally Published at Teacher Under Construction “Empowering students to advocate for change.” It’s as if this organization was made just for me–just read my headline! If you take a few seconds to search around my blog documenting my vision, my involvement with students through mentoring and being a teachers assistant, my aspiration to be a future teacher, and restless … Continue reading

#stuvoice

Students are banding together to enhance their voice in policy discussions nationwide. Students everywhere are eager to join the conversation, especially regarding the future of their education system. Now is the time for our voice – the Student Voice – to be heard. That’s the theory behind the new site and blog project stuvoice.org. A place … Continue reading

My Vision for Urban Education (Guest Post by Mark Naison)

I am extremely critical of current trends in education policy which involve deluging schools with standardized tests and rating teachers, administrators and whole institutions based on test result. Such policies result in school disengagement on the part of students, destroy teacher morale, and magnify health problems in poor and working class communities by crowding out … Continue reading

The Depth of a Simple Solution (Guest Post by Bryant Muldrew)

In my work with the Baltimore Algebra Project (BAP), I and my peers waged a dramatic struggle against the State of Maryland, Baltimore City, and the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS). The state of Maryland was (and still is) systematically underfunding the BCPSS. I discuss this in detail in the Case for the National … Continue reading

Time to Speak

“We are all here for a reason on a particular path; you don’t need a curriculum to know you are apart of the math”- J.Ivy System: a scheme of ideas or principles by which something is organized, a method or set of procedures for achieving something. Abandon: to leave somebody or something for others to … Continue reading

Democratizing composition: bringing together thoughts, people & resources

I’m increasingly concerned with democratizing composition, a pedagogy built on these beliefs: Writing is one form of composition or making, tantamount to the rest. All modes of composition are valid and valuable methods of expression. All modes of composition benefit from design thinking, rapid prototyping (a.k.a. repeated failure), iteration, and user feedback. The monopoly of … Continue reading

The Educators’ Story: “The Teacher Faces the Depression” (1933)

In 2001, I taught an History of “American” Education grad course and chose to use primary source documents mostly found on the Internet in lieu of an official “text.” This version of a blended learning environment offered us an antiquated chance to explore many narratives of education from the colonies forward, rather than those selected … Continue reading

Solutionaries: Zoe Weil’s New TEDx Talk

I’m excited to share my new TEDxConejo talk: Solutionaries, which explores the challenges and opportunities for making choices that do the most good and least harm through our work, citizenship, and daily choices, and suggests ways to transform education at the root and embrace the power it has has to bring about a better world … Continue reading

THE MINDFUL SCHOOL LEADER

(Hey Folks, A version of this post is currently running at Education Week, and is written by Kirsten Olson and Valerie Brown.) The work of skillful, mindful leadership in education has never been more challenging.  Recently a visionary, Twitter-connected and forward-thinking superintendent wrote to one of us describing her sense that the pockets of innovation and exemplary … Continue reading

The Importance of Student Voice : a response to Diane Ravitch

“Student voice is now being invited to evaluate teachers, but I think that’s very bad idea. One more way to intimidate educators. ‪#soschat” @DianeRavitch (5:57 PM – 19 Jun 12) In public education voice is something that is tolerated with a sense of intolerance…meaning it is something that is lauded only for preaching the common … Continue reading

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