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Chapter Two: Ramblings from an Overwhelmed, Frustrated, but Grateful New Teacher

Phase I: Excitement and Nervousness   “FFTs (effing first times): How hard it is to be new at things – from small things to global pandemics. When we have no relevant experience or expertise, the vulnerability, uncertainty, and fear of these firsts can be overwhelming. Yet, showing up and pushing ourselves past the awkward, learner …

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Data Literacy MUST Be Taught in Public Schools 

“Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write.” This statement, often misattributed to H. G. Wells (1866-1946), is a paraphrased version of the sci-fi author’s much longer passage by American mathematician Samuel Stanley Wilks (1906-1964). Wells’s original quote is shown at the bottom of this post.   If you saw the …

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Testing: To Infinity and Beyond Reason (Part Two)

Welcome back, gentle readers. In the previous installment of this two-part blog series, I described how the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), with its focus on standardized test results, propelled American education into an era of testing mania. I cited examples of NCLB’s unfortunate consequences, such as a dramatic decrease in classroom instructional …

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Testing: To Infinity and Beyond Reason (Part One)

It’s back to school time and kids everywhere are excited about the prospect of taking lots of tests to measure their “learning loss” during the pandemic and prepare them for state-mandated tests at the end of the school year. In all honesty, testing is not one of the reasons most children want to return to …

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Ruminations on Becoming an Unwitting Algebra Teacher: Chapter One

This post is the first in a series by Edjacent Designer Laura Solomon. Laura is embarking on a self-authoring journey as a first-time classroom teacher. Although this is her first time leading a traditional classroom, Laura has extensive experience and training as a “nonteacher teacher” and has a clear sense of identity and purpose. Edjacent …

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Why Gifted Programs Lack Diversity

by Douglas G. Wren, Ed.D. Before taking a central office job with the DeKalb County (GA) School District, I was a classroom teacher at a magnet school for high achievers. Besides testing students to determine if they qualified for the “gifted” label, I taught an afterschool assessment course to teachers who were seeking their gifted …

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