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An Open Letter to Natalie Munroe From Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann, the principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia (who gave a fabulous TEDx talk, “Education is Broken“), has written an open letter to Natalie Munroe, the Pennsylvania high school English teacher whose blog, replete with invective, insult, and profanity directed toward her students, was found by one of those very students, shared … Continue reading

Learning? Yes, of course. Education? No, thanks.

Education teaches us that our native abilities for learning are inadequate, that they must be developed and improved upon by submitting to or even seeking out pedagogical management of some sort. ~ Aaron Falbel, a free-lance writer, editor, philosopher, and musician I was recently introduced to Aaron Falbel, who had the great privilege to have known and be … Continue reading

10 Ways to build resilience…

Also posted at What Ed Said. Jay McTighe struggled to learn to surf in his 50’s and almost gave up. He talks about the experience in this clip and reminds us that it’s important for teachers to remember how frustrating it can be trying to learn something new. He says we need to model persistence … Continue reading

World in Conversation Project

Since my TEDx talk was released, I have been receiving lots of emails from people wanting to learn how to implement the ideas I shared. I’ve also been hearing from humane educators and groups doing fantastic work across the globe. For my next several blog posts, I wanted to share some of their great work. … Continue reading

Metaphoria – the Pecha Kucha Version!

Alright, time for me to switch it up a bit. I know much of what I write here has been in rather a formal voice – some might say wordy or stodgy!  :-)  So I thought I’d pop in this small post which is similar in theme to this previous post. This Pecha Kucha presentation … Continue reading

Teaching for a Positive Future

Since my TEDx talk was released, I have been receiving lots of emails from people wanting to learn how to implement the ideas I shared. I’ve also been hearing from humane educators and groups doing fantastic work across the globe. In my next several blog posts, I will be sharing some of their great work; … Continue reading

What is My Grading Philosophy?

Today I had an important conversation with my instructional director. My professional focus for growth this year has been to really hone my assessment skills. I have begun to use more techniques to check for understanding, I have begun to break down my teaching into manageable goals and I have really begun to take seriously … Continue reading

10 things to do on the first day of school…

Also posted at What Ed Said A new school year is about to begin in Australia. It’ll be the first time in nearly 30 years that I don’t have a class to teach (I have a new role) and it’s not an easy adjustment! For as long as I can remember, I have started the … Continue reading

If School is a Race to Nowhere, Where’s the Somewhere We Should Be Racing Toward?

I recently watched a screening of the film Race to Nowhere, about how the pressure on our children in school is making them so stressed out that they become sick and depressed and cheat with abandon. It’s a powerful film — one that every parent and teacher should watch. It’s also an interesting counterpoint to … Continue reading

Teaching for America? Teaching for the World

Tom Friedman’s op-ed in The New York Times, “Teaching for America,” is yet another cry for major reform of our education system, but this time with a twist: for the sake of national security. As Friedman writes: “When I came to Washington in 1988, the cold war was ending and the hot beat was national … Continue reading

The Community of Learners Dream Team

|Kelly Tenkely| Hello Coop Catalyst friends! As it is my first post here, I will start with a brief introduction. I started my teaching journey as a second grade teacher.  It was a hard first year where I was hit with the realities of real life.  Kids being abused, an absentee administration, standardized testing, the … Continue reading

My Inner Pollyanna’s Ed Reform Blue Sky

Even amid the heated education debates & discourse, my inner Pollyanna still dream’s big. Here’s my blue sky, if I had my way: 1. United Teachers They become a force to be reckoned with. Politicians, news outlets, and policy makers take notice and make room at the table. They ask teachers questions like, “What can … Continue reading

This teacher reacts to seeing “Waiting for Superman”

crossposted from Daily Kos for which it was first written Friday schools across Maryland were closed, so I went to the first show at Noon. On the way home I thought long and hard about what I would say. No matter how I parse it, my reaction has two key points. 1. Davis Guggenheim feels … Continue reading

Flexible Learning Space

When I started blogging a year ago at What Ed Said, I thought no-one would care about what Ed said and I’d never have any readers. Now I am part of a worldwide community of educators and loving it. I think a lot about learning, so I’m looking forward to thinking and learning with you… … Continue reading

Writing at the Cooperative: Week in Review

This week saw the opening of Waiting for Superman, and a lot of PR and airtime has been spent talking about the so-called Super heroes in Education Reform. At the Cooperative we have tried to counter their narrow conversation with a  more varied and deeper discussion of  work needed to transform education not just reform … Continue reading

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