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Jun 25

How to Get rid of a Bad Teacher

Teaching

One of the questions I get asked the most from instructional leaders is this: “How do I get rid of a bad teacher?” Most of the time, it’s a sincere question that comes from an honest desire to do what is best for students. These leaders believe that a teacher is harming students with poor […]

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May 27

Your Big “BUT”

Motivation , Teaching

Recently, I was conducting a workshop on rigor to a group of teachers. Throughout the two days, we unpacked their standards and developed a highly rigorous unit plan that they could immediately teach once they returned to school. The teachers struggled with this new way of thinking at first, but as they went through the […]

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Nov 12

Are You a Frankenteacher?

Teaching

Frank started out a fairly decent teacher. He loved his students, loved what he taught, and wanted to make a real difference for his kids. His first couple of years, Frank did ok. Not great, but not bad either. He got a few “needs improvement’s” but overall, Frank was a “proficient teacher.” But Frank wanted […]

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Mar 22

Testing Terms: Defend

Teaching , Testing

Today’s word is DEFEND:   Definition: To support the stated idea.   Students may be asked to … Defend a particular position. Formulate their own position and then defend it. To attack this question students must use the following to demonstrate that an idea is true, reasonable, or valid: Information from the prompt Facts Their […]

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Mar 21

Testing Terms: Interpret

Teaching , Testing

Today’s word is INTERPRET:   Definition: To present the subject in understandable terms.   Students may be asked to interpret … diagrams graphs statistical tables literature documents illustrations pictures charts To attack this question students must: Determine what the item presented is trying to convey Use elements of the item provided Support their interpretation Our […]

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Mar 20

Testing Terms: Synthesize

Teaching , Testing

Today’s word is SYNTHESIZE:   Definition: To combine parts into a whole. To take several sources of information and combine them to draw a single conclusion or make a single point.   Students may be asked to synthesize … a set of data. several primary documents. several passages. To attack this question students must… Sort […]

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