Monday, December 8, 2014

A Lesson In How Teachers Became 'Resented And Idealized' : NPR

In her new book, The Teacher Wars, Dana Goldstein writes about how teaching became "the most controversial profession in America," and how teachers have become both "resented and idealized."

Take 39 minutes to listen to this very interesting interview. It helped me understand why the teaching profession is both loved and hated.

A Lesson In How Teachers Became 'Resented And Idealized' : NPR:

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The Common Core Curriculum Void

Yikes! Five months from now our students will be taking the SBAC math test. Ordinarily, this would be fine, but most school districts still do not have textbooks (now we call them instructional materials to allow for the possibility of online materials) to use for preparing our students.

Take a listen to this awesome 7-minute NPR segment.
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Why the Best Teachers Don't Give Tests

Frankly, I'm baffled by the number of educators who are adamantly opposed to standardized testing yet raise no objection to other practices that share important features with such testing.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

The Stereotypes That Distort How Americans Teach and Learn Math

Speed doesn't matter, and there's no such thing as a "math person." How the Common Core's approach to the discipline could correct these misperceptions. Mathematics education in the United States is broken.

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