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It’s only been seven months or so since I last deigned to come on this space and write about anything. There are a lot of reasons for this:
I’m on Twitter now. A lot.
The teachforus.org site went all nutty at one point (and it still is?)
I have been drowning in a sea of ambivalence.
This year was the first year of not having to worry about standardized tests. This was a double edged sword because it meant two things:
People let me do my own thing AKA academic freedom.
People let me do my own thing AKA you’re on your own, pal.
I tinkered with the scope and sequence at the beginning of the year, implemented standards based grading, incorporated more “classic Geometry” and less “Algebra with Geometry applications.” This meant making my own lessons from scratch pretty much everyday. I think that was probably a mistake.
This mad rush to try something new all the time…
I was wary of making post about this. I’m struggling to write about this in a way that isn’t about me because it isn’t at all. But I feel like this is professionally the most emotionally-wrenching thing I’ve been party to and wanted to share this from a teacher’s perspective. One of my students from…read more »
In the past and particularly this summer, I have had a draft or two kicking around in my mind before I actually sat down to type anything. Not so, this fall. I think this goes beyond me being busy. We are always busy. I think what is different now is that I’m less certain. Less…read more »
I am in the middle of wrapping up 30 hours of state-mandated “Gifted and Talented” professional development. I don’t know how useful it is to call it such given that many of the practices are just plain good practice for any student (encourage creativity! open-ended questioning!), and it’s a bit disconcerting that it is brought…read more »
Year four of teaching 4 America is afoot, but before I lapse into a writing coma until Thanksgiving, I have a guest post up on Edushyster. I had a lot of fun writing it and a lot of distress researching it.read more »
I had a chance to sit and chat via Spreecast with some of the regular cast of characters around the TeachForUs/TFA water cooler this week. At the end of the discussion, a 2013 corps member remarked to Gary Rubinstein that he comes across as extreme to new TFA corps members who have not had much…read more »
I’m pretty far removed from academia these days, so forgive me if I’m duplicating another scholar’s work. I’ve been engaging with and reading the opinions of a greater number of stakeholders in education this summer. I’m finding the Democrat-Republican and liberal-conservative (social or economic) divides to be less helpful in understanding the debates that are…read more »
Have y’all heard of this guy Matt Damon? Apparently he’s a fairly well-known public school advocate who made some waves by announcing that his children would not be attending public schools in Los Angeles and instead he and his wife decided to enroll them in private schools. In response, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush did…read more »
Mrs. Villanueva-Beard, I’ve been reading your speech to TFA alumni in Detroit. I found the title of your speech compelling: “Fighting the Wrong Enemy”(1). Once I was able to get past the more boilerplate aspects of the speech, I dug into the core of your message. I know one of the things you and Matt…read more »
We have a new principal who has charged members of their respective departments with interviewing and recommending potential hires this summer. I was privileged enough to be on that committee for a couple of different rounds of interviewing. First, we had two vacancies left by teachers who took jobs at neighboring schools. We interviewed five…read more »