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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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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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Guest Post: The Final Chapter of One Teaching Story – Now a Sequel!

Many of us consider ourselves to be what Edjacent guest author Kellie Weisenbeck calls her blog – More Than a Teacher. Kellie is a recently retired educator, embarking on a new life as an education consultant. In a recent post on her blog, which details her transition from the classroom to her new career path, …

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The Upside of Disruption in Our Lives

Laura Solomon Parent, military spouse, aspiring educational innovatorBSIE – Georgia Institute of TechnologyMEd, Social Foundations – University of Virginia I am writing this through the lens of a parent with a long history of loving systemic disruption.  Yes, disruption often comes with a negative side effect, but as an optimist I prefer to focus on …

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