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A Mr. Fitz Graphic Novella: SCHOOL 2031 – The Future of Public Schools? (from 5-25-13)
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The series below may be the darkest series I’ve ever done for the strip (aside from A Teacher Gets Depressed, which follows immediately after it). It’s dark, but I think it makes valid points – and sadly none of those points seems any less valid today… (2-19-20) This February I decided to take my comic Read More >>


The Standards Shift Again: Maybe Derek Zoolander Had It Right
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In a feat of spontaneous irony (my irony is usually calculated and planned), this week I reposted blog posts from 2013 about my reactions to the Common Core Standards. I reposted them on Wednesday night – the very day those same standards were ousted here in Florida in favor of their new “B.E.S.T.” standards. So Read More >>


Library Lady – An Education Reform Story (from 2-22-16)
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Assistant Principal Peter Graves was happy. For one thing, it was Friday. For another thing, he had just left this month’s Assistant Principals Roundtable meeting, which was always a relief. He felt free. For another thing, the Vice-Assistant Deputy Superintendent of Assessment and Achievement had given all of them a very strong recommendation that he Read More >>


Stage Five: Denial and Affirmation – The Five Stages of Common Core Experience (from 6-23-13)
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Going through the stages of grief in reverse order, my experience with the Common Core has lead me from ACCEPTANCE, to DEPRESSION, to BARGAINING, to ANGER. But where to go from anger? I have already inverted the stages of grief; now I’ll add to them. I will end, not just with DENIAL,  but with AFFIRMATION. Read More >>


Stage Four: Anger – The Five Stages of Common Core Experience (from 6-21-13)
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As I became aware of the Common Core Standards movement, it first seemed like a way to justify the very real learning that took place in my classroom. It promised to focus on the things we wanted students to do instead of scripted curricula, and most of the standards seemed to make sense to me. It gained Read More >>


Stage Three: Bargaining -The Five Stages of Common Core Experience (from 6-18-13)
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I read the Common Core State [sic] Standards with ACCEPTANCE because of the relief they appeared to offer from standardization and standardized testing. Then I read the publishers criteria and found out about writing to text, not making personal connections, text complexity, and other concepts that contradicted the Common Core’s promise to not dictate how Read More >>


Stage Two – Depression – The Five Stages of Common Core Experience (from 6-17-13)
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In my last post I outlined my initial stage of experience with the Common Core Standards: ACCEPTANCE. I outlined my reasons for thinking the Common Core offered possible relief for what ailed me: over-testing, standardization, and too many standards. The next step, moving through the stages of grief in reverse, is… DEPRESSION The first thing Read More >>


Stage One : Acceptance – The Five Stages of Common Core Experience (from 6-16-13)
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The following posts from 2013 is somewhat ironic now, since Florida is moving away from Common Core soon (or the Florida Standards, as they call them). But I think it’s worth re-posting these as a recounting of how I felt about the new standards at the time… I’m not sure exactly when it hit me, Read More >>


To My Students – What I Want For You – Part 4 (from 6-11-13)
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Dear Students, “Do your work!” You hear it all the time. Work! Work! Work! No wonder so many students hate school. It must be confusing for you students. In case you hadn’t noticed, adults have a lot of different views about work. Work can be see as a rotten way to spend your time– something Read More >>


To My Students – What I Want for You – Part 3 (4-23-13)
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Dear Students, I want you to be interested, not bored. I often think you want the same thing. But sometimes I think you like being bored. You seem to revel in it. Sometimes it seems everything bores you, and that you think it’s cool to be bored. But I want you to be interested. I Read More >>


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