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The FAST Test… It didn’t live up to its name
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I ran this strip today in the wake of having administered Florida’s new standardized literacy test on Thursday, September 8th. The new test is actually the “FAST” test (Florida Assessment of Student Thinking). It’s also being called Progress Monitoring. When the FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) went away, there was great rejoicing. Those of who knew Read More >>


Quiet Quitting Teaching: Why I Can’t Do It
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I only became aware of the term Quiet Quitting this week. My wife mentioned it, and I first thought it meant that you silently left your job without making much noise or letting them know why you were quitting. Turns out, it means continuing to do your job but doing the bare minimum. You stay Read More >>


Creative Teachers Must Be Stopped!
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When my wife and I took Florida’s Gifted certification courses several years ago with our (fantastic) district Gifted Specialist, she took the Creativity course one summer. When she finished it, she got the instructor a present: a bumper sticker that said, “Creative people must be stopped!” The sticker, of course, was ironic and satirical, and Read More >>


Why Don’t We Emulate Finland? Good Question.
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"In Finland teachers are free to choose how to teach things... It’s all up to me." Read More>>

School Prayer and a Sacred Profession
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I support all my students - of any belief or none, as long as their beliefs don't infringe on anyone else's sense of belonging in my class. Read More>>

Two Musicals About Music… and Education
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The best classrooms have a kind of magic about them... Read More>>

Commenting Guidelines
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If you want your comment  To be read and taken seriously Please Avoid the following: Broad generalizations and stereotyping Insults and name calling Screaming that your enemies scream too much Talking about things you don’t actually have Any experience with Assuming things about the other people online That may or may not be true Assuming Read More >>


I Am an NFT – a Non-Fungible Teacher
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My wife and I took an anniversary trip to New York City last week – I’ll be writing more about it later this week – and one of the very briefest of events got me thinking. We passed two men dressed in what looked like Hassidic Jewish garb – except they were wearing T-shirts. The Read More >>


The Purpose of Education – My Answers (for now)
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I asked my classes if, after all our discussion about the purpose of education, what, they wondered about my take on the purpose. Read More>>

The Purpose of Education – A Year-Long Inquiry
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And so I pose the question early in the year: What is the purpose of education? They tell me they have never really thought about it before. Read More>>
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