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End Your Fixation on Tech Tools

Originally featured in the “Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology” series. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using the #ConnectIT hashtag. One of the most exciting trends in education today is the integration of technology to enhance instruction and learning. Schools have only scratched the surface when it Read more…

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Teaching Is Just Not What It Used to Be

“Teaching is just not what it used to be.”  I translate this to mean… -Teaching now requires more work -Teaching now requires less control -Teaching now requires higher accountability These 3 statements encompass most of the complaints we hear today: longer hours, working in the summer, too many mandates, too Read more…

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Why Our Feedback is Backfiring

Originally featured on Education Week, Finding Common Ground. Collaboratively co-authored with Peter Dewitt.  “There is no such thing as constructive criticism in the eye of the recipient.” – Todd Whitaker Feedback is something we all understand is important. We most likely became even more aware of the importance of feedback Read more…

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3 Ways to Lay Instructional Flooring

Collaboratively written by Nathan Lang and Chris Weber.  One afternoon, the Jones’s came home to find that their refrigerator had leaked water and consequently damaged a piece of hardwood flooring directly next to the refrigerator. They called a contractor to come and look at the blemished plank of flooring. The Read more…

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Changing This Double Standard

Every great teacher has become a master of modifying their instruction, many times “on the spot” based on new data, evidence, and circumstances. Matter of fact, we often judge a teacher’s flexibility to change seamlessly and without hesitation as a quality to be admired and embodied by all teachers. And Read more…