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How teacher pay should work

Kim Marshall’s December 16 EdWeek commentary attempts to “demolish the argument for individual merit pay.”  He makes good points that suggest that individual bonuses based solely on value-added test scores are not a good idea.  He suggests, instead, team-based bonuses and more pay for master teachers. There’s an…

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Lapoesia, Neruda

I spent a couple hours this week thinking with a friend about how kids (and adults) decide what to do–where to go to college?  What to do for a living?  I reminded me of David Whyte’s work. Lapoesia (Poem), as David Whyte points out in a Heart…

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Learning math online

The number of ways you can learn math online is exploding.  If you want to earn high school or college credit, you’ll need to enroll in a course by an accredited provider.  In most states, taking a high school course online is a great option and you’ll have several providers…

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The big switch to digital is on

Texas announced a massive English adoption of Pearson products–both print and digital.  Pearson has been making a huge investment in curriculum development by making new Scott Foresman and Prentice Hall material available in both print and digital formats.  It’s a big switch from the old days (like a year…

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Lit Instructor, Stafford

In The Courage To Teach, Parker Palmer uses this Bill Stafford (former poet laureate of Oregon) poem to open a chapter titled A Culture of Fear. Lit Instructor Day after day up there beating my wings with all of the softness truth requires…

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Rilke (and Palmer) on teaching

Ah, Not to be Cut Off Ah, not to be cut off, not through the slightest partition shut out from the law of the stars. The inner—what is it? if not…