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I’m a good teacher now that I’ve swallowed the pill?

Originally posted at educatedtodeath.com I’m a good teacher now. I covered my walls with posters, and motivational phrases as I was told. I put colorful paper on my door so evaluators could tell I care about my students. I even put up the competitive sticker chart so my students can compete for the highest grade. … Continue reading

My schools GSA letter to East Aurora School District 131

Ohio Virtual Academy/ Gay-Straight Alliance From: Ohio Virtual Academy High School Gay Straight Alliance 1655 Holland Road Suite F Maumee, Ohio 43537   October 22, 2012   To: East Aurora School District 131 417 Fifth Street Aurora, Illinois 60505 ATTN:  Mary Anne Turza Stella Gonzalez Annette Johnson Richard Leonard Raymund Hall Anita Lewis Ignacio Cervantes … Continue reading

I’m almost too tired to voice my dissent.

Originally posted at educatedtodeath.com I’ve been quieter this year, more subdued. I’ve felt guilty. Today, I failed to attend a meeting that could have served as an opportunity to work for the better, or fight the worse. I can barely find time to write. My posts are fewer, and my involvement in social media is … Continue reading

The failing, not the succeeding

Last time I shared out the fun we had spinning a wheel. Now we (in a small PBL group that meets twice weekly) are spinning our wheels trying to make a counter/sensor that will tally the spins of a particularly sick skateboard wheel. Here’s a short list of our failures so far: We could use … Continue reading

#HowILearn: a Post Request from @AnseoAMuinteoir

A group of educators, including me, were challenged recently by @AnseoAMuinteoir, aka Hellie Bullock of Ireland, to write a post on #HowILearn for her blog. Asking “how I learn” begins for me with a question of “what is learning?” It’s followed by a question of “why learn?” Since ground zero of memory, I feel I’ve … Continue reading

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

“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

Student Slams Ex-CNN Anchor, Union President, and Students First

This piece was originally published on StuVoice.org. Are you a supporter of sexual predators? We can all agree that that is a ridiculous question to ask, yet, former journalist Campbell Brown did just that in her Wall Street Journal opinion piece titled, “Teachers Unions Go to Bat for Sexual Predators.” It gets worse. A Twitter … Continue reading

Education: The Past, the Present and the Future

Recently I read an article from District Administrator magazine entitled, “The Three New Pillars of 21st Century Learning”                                                                           … Continue reading

Zero? No zero? How about just getting rid of grades altogether?

There’s a raging debate in my province about zero-grading policies. A teacher bucked his school division’s orders to not give out zeroes, was suspended because of his defiance, and now the people of Alberta are rallying around him as a folk hero. I’ve been watching this debate with something close to bemusement. Educational research is … Continue reading

School Starters Who Write: Another Crowdsourced Celebration

Many educators dream of starting or leading a school or educational alternative.  How often do we teachers fantasize about the utopian school we would create if given the opportunity?  All the things that don’t work in the contemporary industrialized model of schooling, and the myriad ways in which mainstream education places itself somewhere on the … Continue reading

Chairman Mao, the Lunchroom, and Teacher Talk?

Originally published at educatedtodeath.com A fellow teacher called me Mao Zedong at lunch the other day, and rather harshly too. This comment, though harsh was, from her point of view, warranted. We were in the lunchroom at the “teacher table” having our general lunchroom conversation. Teachers were discussing how the day was going, blowing off … Continue reading

The Power of Blogging and Social Media for Educators

For more visit educatedtodeath.com I’m sure this topic has been explored to some extent, but I’d like to add my perspective. I’ll attempt to work towards a concise explanation, but I surely won’t arrive there on the first attempt. I’ve digressed before beginning. Beginning. My initial purpose for beginning my blog, educatedtodeath.com, was simply as … Continue reading

“Liberty and Justice for Some?” she asked.

Originally posted at educatedtodeath.com A 7th grader asked me: “Why do we have to say the Pledge of Allegiance everyday?” “Why do you ask?” I said. “I don’t know what it means really. I don’t think anybody does. And, the part I kind of understand doesn’t really seem true for everyone.” “Which part is that?” … Continue reading

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