Educational reform and research impacting the classroom

New Year, New Challenges

Maybe this is something we all do: We block the memories of our first few days of teaching. I was talking with a colleague who started teaching next door to …
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Welcome Back

Today’s blog comes from a speech I made on August 8th at the 2013-2014 opening meeting for all San Jose Unified employees. I was fortunate to have the chance, along …
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It’s About Time

It’s finally starting to feel like vacation for me. Well, sort of. A few weeks ago, I was working at Willow Glen along with around 70 other English teachers from …
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A Defense of Drudgery

One of the mighty idols of pedagogical conventional wisdom to which teachers are consistently compelled to genuflect is the icon of “student engagement.” There are definitions of student engagement that …
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A State of Acrimony

Recently, the San Jose Mercury News blamed “acrimony” for the Evergreen Teachers Association’s recent discussion with its members on the potential for calling a strike. While the relationship between the …
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