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Mar 29 2012

Small Victories

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.” -The Serenity Prayer Admittedly, I’ve never been very good at the serenity part… Currently, as I work to make a change both within the classroom and in a greater context…

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Mar 25 2012

I’m Tired Of Playing (Hunger) Games

Back in the summer before 7th Grade, I had just finished reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book #4) when the first movie was set to come out. Personally, I was irritated because I had been made fun of for reading the series but by the time the movies came out, all of…

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It’s officially that time of year when flowers are starting to bloom and state test review is kicking into high gear. Coming off of Spring Break, I learned a lot about the players in the education reform debate as I travelled to New Orleans, Houston and San Antonio. I would love to expand upon the…

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Mar 12 2012

More iPads, Less Paddles

I recently revisited research conducted by Opportunity Nation, a coalition of over 200 non-profits, grassroots organizations, social entrepreneurs, and thought leaders focused on improving economic mobility in the USA. This research on opportunity is best summarized by a single number, the “Opportunity Index,” which ranks states based upon their educational, economic, and civic strength across…

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Mar 10 2012

Tough Tests and Tough Love

Note: I wrote this last Tuesday, and will have more to say at a later date It’s officially district testing week and today was both extremely disheartening and very satisfying. My students took their Third Nine Weeks District Exam in language arts (reading and writing)- 50 questions of English inquiries based primarily on long reading…

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Mar 04 2012

Two Steps Forward, One Step Black?

At our professional development yesterday, we watched and discussed a 1947 racial perceptions study, which demonstrated (arguably) the extent to which even African-American children have internalized negative attitudes about their own race. Anderson Cooper’s coverage of the updated version  of this research rehashed age-old questions about race and called into question the racial progress we…

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