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The curse of the standardized test

I’m not enjoying teaching as much as I once did. Don’t get me wrong, I still love working with young people. I still think my job is valuable and important. Unfortunately, the testing mandate has arrived in my classroom. My students must pass a Biology End-of-Course (EOC) Exam to graduate from high school in Washington […]

Commencement Day

Blue Scholars are one of the best music groups to arrive on my musical consciousness in recent years. Their song, “Commencement Day” actually got a teacher placed on administrative leave in Spokane, WA for sharing it with his students. Oh, the irony! Enjoy and judge for yourself (NOTE: the song does contain multiple profanities, although […]

Teaching “honors” students

Teaching in a new school comes with many new experiences. This year has been my “second first year” of teaching and it has been exhausting and challenging but also rewarding. One thing that I’m experiencing this year for the first time is having a group of “honors” students. <context> School size = ~1,800 % free […]

Setting the bar low

My new school district is voluntarily using the process outlined by Washington State’s Teacher & Principal Evaluation Pilot (TPEP). As of the 2013-14 school year, all districts in Washington will use the new evaluation process. I’m already experiencing its negative effects… At the beginning of the year, all teachers were required to create Professional Growth […]

I teach in a “failing” school and you should too

“Welcome to White Swan, where you can teach whatever you want – even if it’s nothing at all.” ~ anonymous former colleague ——— “If you can teach here, you can teach anywhere” ~ anonymous colleague ———   I work in a very small rural school located in a high poverty area on an Indian Reservation. Funding is […]

Is this really inquiry?

Is this really inquiry? Hint: Who is asking the questions? Nice try, though AP!

How can the culture of a school be changed?

I threw this question out on Twitter a week or so ago and got a fair number of responses. One of the most reasoned responses came from Edna Sackson, an educator from Australia and the author of the blog What Ed Said. Edna shares many of my views on the importance of inquiry and we […]