Exclusive: The Moral Disengagement of Education Reform – Education Article

This week I blogged about the 2019 International School Choice and Reform conference in Portugal. What I didn’t mention in the post (See FROM PORTUGAL, WITH NO LOVE FROM THE EDUCATION REFORMERS) was the Twitter onslaught and venom from the White neoliberals directed towards Steve Nelson about his research after the conference. I of course joined in the conversation on Twitter and came to his defense. One of the things that I  often note about their defenders is the fact that the…

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I’m a Teacher and My Child is a Trans-Man – Education Article

I have a confession to make.  I’ve sat on a “secret” for a while, trying to figure out how to understand it.  It’s taken me a LONG time to get to this point, but it has to be said.  My oldest child, age 23, born Lauren, is a trans-man named Christian. As a conservative, religious teacher, there are so many moving pieces to this puzzle for me. I know what my political party “believes” about this. I know what my…

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CPD Picks of The Month | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes What’s been popular on the blog in January? Getting back into the swing of the school term after the Christmas break is never easy! If you haven’t had as much time as you’d have liked to browse the blog and you’re worried you might have missed something, don’t panic! Here’s a digest of the best bits from January. Top 5 reads of the month The top reads of January feature Ross’s ever-popular annual summary of the…

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‘Inspiring Children to Walk in Their Own Dreams’ – Education Article

It’s about 4 p.m. in Room 228 at Skyview High School in Billings, Montana, and resource teacher Deb Roesler is explaining her “action plan.” In the coming days, when she returns to her middle school across town, this white, middle-aged, rural Montanan will invite a student who doesn’t look like her to eat lunch together. “I’ve been in the biggest groups all day. I’ve never been in a small group,” she says, referring to the “identity groups” that have formed…

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The sum of us – Education Article

What is the definition of the term “data scientist”…? In my previous post, Painting by numbers, I offered a shorthand definition of data science based on what I could synthesise from the interwebs. Namely, it is the combination of statistics, computer programming, and domain expertise to generate insight. It follows, then, that the definition of data scientist is someone who has those skill sets. Fat chance! In this post I intended to articulate my observation that in the real world,…

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Creating Identity-Safe Classrooms | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Is your classroom identity safe? Identity-safe classrooms are warm ecosystems in which teachers endeavour to ensure that all children feel that their social identity is an asset rather than a barrier to success. Children feel welcomed, supported and valued whoever they are and whatever their background. Teachers want the best for pupils and seek to be fair and aim to create strong culturally competent classroom communities. We might all think that we respectfully acknowledge each and every individual. We might also…

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Create a Safe Space – Education Article

This is not something new. Our School Library has always been a safe space for kiddos of all kinds. Our wonderful Middle School community is a rich tapestry of many woven threads, rich colors, diverse backgrounds, orientations, expressions, many abilities and kids from many lands speaking many languages. Laurel, Maryland is right smack dab between Washington DC and Baltimore – it’s like our school has always been a mini United Nations. I love that about us! And our School Library…

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Colour-Coded Differentiation | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why should we ditch colour-coded worksheets? We need colour-coded chopping boards in the kitchen because they can prevent cross-contamination between food groups which could potentially cause food poisoning. That makes sense. What we don’t need, are colour-coded differentiated worksheets in the classroom. They make no sense at all. Educational racism? We know that no two children are alike but we don’t produce thirty colour-coded worksheets to personalise for tailor-made learning. That’s differentiation madness and would be impractical…

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