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The Reductionism of Education Reform
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If you have been a teacher any time in the last twenty years, since No Child Left Behind, you have heard  – or possibly even heard yourself saying, “Oh – Sarah can’t be in ____ (honors, AVID, Advanced, AP, IB… take your pick) because she’s a 2.” Or “Deandre will be fine in an advanced Read More >>


Black Stories Matter
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In this cultural moment, which has lingered longer than might have been expected in our short attention-span culture, I was unsure how to address the issue of persistent racism and police violence against blacks in our society. I draw a comic strip. I am a middle aged white guy. But I have taught students of Read More >>


A Final Letter to My Students
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This has been a strange school year. I said it, even though it doesn’t seem to need saying. Since I didn’t get to say good-bye to them in person, I wrote the following letter to my students and posted it for them as a final act of the 2019-2020 school year. I didn’t get to Read More >>


Teaching vs. Testing – Episode 2: District Assessment (from 2-19-15)
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Today I got my 8th graders back on track after yesterday’s Infrastructure Test by getting us back into a workbook exercise that is practice for the district writing test, which is practice for the Florida Standards Assessment coming up March 2nd. They had to practice writing a body paragraph for their essay. The formula for Read More >>


Testing vs. Teaching – Episode 1: Testing the Wireless (2-18-15)
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I don’t blog very often. Between teaching and drawing my comic strip six times a week, I’m often too busy. But an innovation in the way a produce my daily comic strip, doing the lettering on my computer with my own font, has made creating the strip a lot quicker. And I suspect I won’t Read More >>


Why I Keep Teaching (from 3-27-15)
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In recent years, it has become common for teachers who are leaving the profession prematurely to post letters or videos online explaining why they are leaving. I completely understand their sentiments and their reasons. I have almost been there myself. My wife and I at one point started a business that would be our exit Read More >>


Mr. Fitz’s UN-common UN-standards (from 8-14)
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If you are going to speak out against things, as I often do, I think it is good to also say what you are for. I don’t want to just be against the current version of education reform; I also want to be for certain things to be happening in education. So I decided to Read More >>


The War Against Thinking, Part 3 – How to keep students from thinking (from 7-14)
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I wrote about The War Against Thinking from a teacher’s perspective first, because discouraging teachers from thinking is what ultimately leads to discouraging students from thinking. Let me go back to my original, fundamental idea: you learn about what you think about, so school should be a place for thought. Since school is supposed to be a Read More >>


A Common Core Dialogue: Mr. Fitz Meets Dylan Trollman (8-5-14)
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Ever since I first saw him on YouTube giving a Common Core message to teachers in New York State, I’ve had a real problem with David Coleman. Coleman announced to the teachers that our message to students should essentially be that nobody gives a $#!+ about your personal story or your opinion (to use the Read More >>


The War Against Thinking, Part 2 – Textbooks, Programs, Curriculum Maps and the Spirit of Ditto Man (from 6-29-14)
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My first post about The War on Thinking focused on standards. I’m leaving standards behind now, but not completely. Because standards become the fuel that runs the weapons of mass instruction that keep The War on Thinking going. Those weapons against thinking? Textbooks, instructional programs, and curriculum maps. The companies that create textbooks and instructional Read More >>


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