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Paula White

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Joy in Standardized Tests?

Much of the conversation in response to this weeks’ blog posts has centered around joy in learning and joy in school. Here’s my story of this past week. I am my school’s testing coordinator.  This is my first year doing it and we are doing all of our state tests online.  I am coordinating 10 … Continue reading

5 Decades, 6 Schools, 1 Teacher Dedicated to Kids

Work smarter, not harder! That’s what I’m doing here–this post actually is meeting a homework assignment for me, AND allowing me to write for the Coop Catalyst blog this week as well. The question in my class is: “Reflect on your teaching career and create a timeline of events that have had a significant impact … Continue reading

Try Something New

Here’s my advice for how teachers can play a more active role in education reformation-try something new. This may be something new in your classroom such as Paula White details. Or it may be a new school as Chad Sansing writes about. If you follow Aaron Eyler’s advice then your action might be not following … Continue reading

Relax on the Collaboration

The scope of this question is particularly bothersome to me. I like the way that Paula has discussed the inside-out phenomenon that many believe in where we all take care of the kids in our classroom and that creates a panacea for bad teaching in other rooms. I especially like this comment: It is time … Continue reading

Forget about what you have to do

I value Paula’s gift for capturing her practice in writing tremendously. Her advice to us teachers on how to reform education from our classrooms is pragmatic and provocative at once. I reflect on my own willingness, experience, and practice with Teaching parents. Challenging crap from colleagues. Challenging crappy colleagues. Challenging bad decisions publicly. I ask … Continue reading

Do It From The Classroom

This week’s Cooperative Catalyst blog question mirrors an #Edchat twtpoll question:  How can teachers have a bigger influence on education reformation? One of my favorite songs relatively early in my career was by Whitney Houston, called: “Greatest Love Of All“ It began with these words: I believe the children are our are future Teach them … Continue reading

The Hard Path, Part 1

Earlier this week, Paula asked a great series of questions about our readiness to engage in democratic learning with our students. These stuck with me: Do students get any practice in their world of school to be socially responsible? To be activists? To act on their beliefs? I ask these questions about teachers, too. Increasingly, … Continue reading

A Call To Action

Recently I saw a series of tweets sharing this link: In Defense of Public School Teachers in a Time of Crisis – Henry Giroux. The interesting thing to me is that it was written 15 days ago–what took it so long to become a RT by so many? The writer is all over democratic schools and … Continue reading

What Was Life Like Before Standards And High Stakes State Tests?

First, let me give credit to Becky Fisher (@beckyfisher73 on Twitter, who blogs at The Calculus of the  Classroom) for her help with this post. She brilliantly uncorked the thoughts and opinions expressed here. As I read “Subverting Myself” and “Start Doing The Minimum…And The Maximum” it occurred to me that I have been teaching … Continue reading

Empowering Self-Directed Learners

Many of you who read my personal blog know that I became a teacher because of a specific event that “wounded” me as a young child.  In trying to answer this week’s cooperative catalyst question, “How do we support students developing as efficacious self-directed, social learners and involve parents as partners in that journey?” I … Continue reading

Is ANYBODY not Wounded By School?

That’s a sincere question. I’m wondering if any of us escape from our at least 10 years of schooling unscathed? For this week’s blog, we all agreed to read the book Wounded By School by Kirsten Olsen and write about it. The author says, in the introduction, “Because of school’s long, powerful presence in our … Continue reading

Why Can’t My Kids’ Writing Be Proof They Can Write?

This week’s question:    How might we leverage or scale up authentic assessment models to challenge (or supplant, I add) standardized, high stakes tests? 1.  First, make sure teachers have a clue what authentic assessment is. 2.  Then, make sure teachers understand deeply what authentic assessment is. 3.  Be sure to check whether teachers know … Continue reading

Turf Wars and Democracy

This week’s catalyst question is “How are students, teachers, and administrators fostering or getting in the way of democratic education?” My post will show that fostering or inhibiting democratic actions sometimes happens deliberately and sometimes not so purposefully. I am a Gifted Resource Teacher and in my system, that means that quite a bit of … Continue reading

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