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This Post It Note Confirms What I Know for Sure

Oprah always used to say “what I know for sure” and she even authored a book by that title. Well, this picture of a student’s answer to the prompt “I wish my teacher knew…” reminded me of something that I know for sure. I learned it as a young teacher in my 20’s and saw… Continue reading This Post It Note Confirms What I Know for Sure

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The Most Dangerous Phrases in Education

By Blake Harvard  I’m writing this to provide some balance. I know it probably won’t be well received by all…or most…or quite possibly anyone, but I believe it is important to write. There are a few phrases I see on twitter that cause me to cringe…mostly because they are presented without any context. While these… Continue reading The Most Dangerous Phrases in Education

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Teaching Reading Is Science. And We Believe in Science, Right?

But it’s science! We hear it all the time whether in debates over climate change or vaccinations. Some even prefer the more certain-sounding phraseology of “settled science.” And if ever there were a battle that should be over once and for all—in the name of science—it is how to teach reading. Phonics is scientifically proven… Continue reading Teaching Reading Is Science. And We Believe in Science, Right?

Rhode Island · School Talk

A Glaring Omission in Elorza’s Inaugural

In February of 2018 Mayor of Providence Jorge Elorza and school superintendent Chris Maher rolled out a strategic plan that laid out goals around student proficiency, student and teacher absenteeism, and the high school graduation rate. The motivator for the initiative was the chronic underperformance of students in math and reading as well as high… Continue reading A Glaring Omission in Elorza’s Inaugural

Rhode Island · School Talk

No Madame Representative, You Are the Bully

One of the most tired and ludicrous talking points in education is that people who aren’t teachers—or have never been teachers—don’t have standing to give opinions about teaching and learning. In the wake of the RICAS tsunami, Rhode Island Representative, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, grabbed on tight to this absurd line of reasoning and decided to run… Continue reading No Madame Representative, You Are the Bully

Rhode Island · School Talk

Finally RI Leaders Think Education is a “Top Priority”—Better Late Than Never But What Took So Long?

Rhode Island’s General Assembly has been in a mild coma when it comes to improving education but suddenly another batch of dismal test results have the Senate president and House Speaker shaking their fists at poor performance. Umm, hello. This isn’t a new problem. But it took having a direct comparison with neighboring Massachusetts to… Continue reading Finally RI Leaders Think Education is a “Top Priority”—Better Late Than Never But What Took So Long?

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A Beautiful Life Cut Way Too Short

Edwin Rivera was my student in 8th grade—a kind, optimistic, and hardworking young man who aspired to be a United States Marine at the time that I knew him. He was in 8th grade then. Edwin passed away on New Year’s Day after a long hard battle with cancer. Below is the announcement put out… Continue reading A Beautiful Life Cut Way Too Short