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Put Us to the Test (February Edition)

Feb 28, 2014

Core Values: The Pushback on Accountability

A little boy was getting poor grades in school. One day he surprised the teacher and tapped her on the shoulder. “I don’t want to scare you, but my daddy says if I don’t get better grades, somebody is going to get a spanking.”

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From the Copy Desk (February Edition)

Feb 12, 2014

According to the wonderful Purdue Online Writing Labs, “Parallel structure means using the same pattern of words to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance. This can happen at the word, phrase, or clause level.” If this is a new concept to you, it’s worth reading the page on parallel structure, which is short and full of good examples.

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The Power of Play

Feb 5, 2014

“The power of play.” We hear a lot in educational circles about how play embodies risk-taking, experimentation, and exploration. It is a very powerful way to learn. Plus, it’s fun! Who doesn’t like play, right? But play can be tough to implement in the typical classroom tasked to raise test scores, adhere to a vetted teaching scope and sequence, and prepare learners for productive livelihoods in the context of an uncertain economy. This is the story of two colleagues who saw a playful friendship turn into a fruitful professional collaboration.

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Put Us to the Test (January Edition)

Jan 23, 2014

Nothing Common About the Common Core

Father: How were the exam questions?

Son: Easy.

Father: Then why do you look so unhappy?

Son: The questions didn’t give me any trouble, but the answers did!

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