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Category: Commentary

The first day of school is a big deal. It’s a big deal for students and parents, but it also is a big deal for educators. Sometimes the most memorable events occur on Day 1. Take a look at some of the flashbacks educators shared about memorable first …
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Category: Highlight

by Tom DeMarco Last year I wrote an SLO blog post that explained why a teacher should embrace Student Learning Objectives. This year I want to take a more pragmatic approach. The Student Learning Objective requirement is an opportunity to target a…
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Category: Tips

“Pressure pushing down on me, Pressing down on you, no man ask for…” (Queen, 1982) Just like Freddie Mercury belted, there is pressure pushing down on you that you didn’t ask for. Pressure in the form of new question types: Text Depende…
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The following article was published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on June 28, 2015. James Denova, the author, shines a bright light on a serious problem that is ingrained in the current educational system. Vocational education students are perceived to …
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Now that we all know Student Learning Objectives are here, you may have a few questions. I have to write how many SLOs? Who has to write these? Who evaluates them? When are they due? Are there any templates to follow? Can I have a glass of wine yet?…
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Making SLO’s part of teacher evaluation should make teachers as happy a 5 year old on Christmas morning. Many states are requiring teachers to design  Student Learning Objectives (SLO). The SLO is an informal research project conducted by the te…
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Category: Repost

More often than not, educators are tasked with analyzing many data sets in order to pinpoint areas of concern or excellence. But between attendance, benchmarks, growth, prediction etc., do you know how to see through the data "fog?" The following article, …
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Category: Repost

This blog post is too good to pass up. This mother and blogger provides her own insight into education reform. She hits on some key points in making a parents and teachers life as well as everyday tasks a little more manageable. And honestly, I would total…
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Category: Commentary

The creators of Bad Teacher with Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake summed up how most teachers feel about standardized tests with the above GIF. When testing comes around, I am sure you all feel like curling up in a ball and pretending the outside world d…
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Category: Tips

Now that it's summer, and you may [or may not] actually have some time to yourself, I bet you are already thinking about next school year! NO? .... Well ok, we may be the only ones thinking about that just yet. And today, I am thinking about expl…
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