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Hold Us Harmless: Why teachers shouldn’t be evaluated this year
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My district is in impasse with my union, Volusia United Educators, over several issues. I spoke on behalf of my union on the issue of teacher evaluation. The union wants teachers held harmless for the year; the district claims that the pandemic and the new types of teaching it has entailed will have no impact Read More >>


Pandemic Teaching: Living the Worst Case Scenario but Imagining Something Better
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I’ve heard it said of the pandemic that it didn’t have to be like this: if we had taken different steps at the very start, we would have neither the death toll nor the economic disaster we’ve seen the past few months.  I have been teaching for 9 days so far this school year. Nine Read More >>


Be the Change You Want to See In Your Teachers
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After sitting through several – and by several, I mean it felt like hundreds – of online, socially distanced training videos the past week and a half, I feel that I know what the system wants us to do as teachers.  I won’t go into the things I learned about that are ancillary to teaching Read More >>


Teaching, Simple or Complex? (Beyond Maps and Apps)
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In the midst of pandemic back-to-school time, a lot of people who aren’t teachers seem to have a lot to say about teaching. Some of them, the people who always bash teachers, are bashing them twice as hard because teachers are a little trepidatious about, you know, possibly dying because they are being forced back Read More >>


Teaching and Writing and What Drives Instruction (12-16-16)
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Make the standards drive the instruction! This has been the mantra ever since standards became the focus of “standards-based education reform.” The unforeseen (or perhaps intended?) consequence of standards driving the instruction is that textbooks companies have been very careful to show that their textbooks are “aligned” with the standards. In other words, in Language Read More >>


Conspiracies and Thinking and Writing
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Since there are a lot of conspiracy theories floating around these days, I have one of my own. Try this on for size: Betsy DeVos created the Corona-19 virus in a lab and is now demanding that everyone go back to school this fall in order to kill off a large chunk of the older, Read More >>


Don’t Stand So Close To Me (a song parody)
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(Apologies to Sting) The teachers, they reject The school board’s fantasy Pandemic hits badly Classroom’s no place to be Inside schools, there’s thronging. There is no open space.  Cough-barking, they’re close now. Masks hanging off their face. Don’t stand, don’t stand so Don’t stand so close to me  Don’t stand, don’t stand so Don’t stand Read More >>


I WANT to Go Back to School. Just Not This Way.
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In January of this year, my wife and I performed in a community theater production of Christopher Durang’s play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. My wife and actually played sister and brother (it was weird, but Sonia was adopted, so we weren’t blood related). These were roles we’d wanted to play for some Read More >>


Blended Learning Live and Teacher Exhaustion
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I got to teach online last week. It was exhilarating, fun, engaging, and inspiring. It was also exhausting. I was teaching at Stetson University’s HATS Program for Gifted kids, as I often do during the summer, but this year Stetson moved the program online. I was teaching Short Fiction – a creative writing course. I Read More >>


Florida DOE Announces Don’t Question! Don’t Think! Initiative (10-10-15)
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(Tallahassee) As a follow up to the mediocre performance of its “Just Read Florida!” campaign, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced last week that the Florida Department of Education is launching its new “Don’t Question! Don’t Think!” campaign. A logo for the new campaign, with the initials DQDT is in development according to officials, and will Read More >>


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