Are Teachers Still Widgets? Five years after the Widget Report

Are Teachers Still Widgets? Five years after the Widget Report

Five years ago,TNTP (formerly known as The New Teacher Project) released The Widget Effect, a report that influenced the debate about educAre Teachers Still Widgets? Five yearsator workforce policy-making and generated advocacy for policies such as improved teacher performance evaluations, administrator training, and performance-based pay. According to TNTP, the report identified a…

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Learning to Celebrate

Learning to Celebrate

My children’s elementary school recently celebrated our 60th birthday.  We gathered at the school, listened to alumni who are now junior high and high school students play orchestral music, ate cookies, picked a few remaining vegetables from the school garden, and spent time with our friends and neighbors.  Retired teachers,…

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Interesting is Good, but Wonderful is Better

Interesting is Good, but Wonderful is Better

How often do you think to yourself as you are learning something new, “That was interesting.”?  Do you ever wonder how often students reflect on a completed lesson, “Hmm, that concept just introduced was interesting.”  Or “My homework was pretty interesting today.” Now consider this statement.   “Interesting is good. …

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Communal Reading

Communal Reading

Are you picturing several people sitting cross-legged on big floor pillows, drinking herbal tea, and reading poetry aloud between gentle yoga stretches? While that sounds appealing (and before I had kids you might have hit the nail on the head with that image), that is not what I mean. For…

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Do We Understand How Hard It Was to Get Michael Brown to Graduate?

Do We Understand How Hard It Was to Get Michael Brown to Graduate?

Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, emphatically questioned if we understand the amount of effort required just to see Michael graduate. Unfortunately, the answer to her question would become buried underneath a wealth of information that followed her son’s death and a charged debated about Michael’s character. At the…

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