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This is How Democracy Ends - An Apology

  • Written by Kris Nielsen
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Almost a year ago, I offered my time to the middle school at which I was employed to give a two-night presentation that promised to ease parents’ concerns about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Connected Mathematics Program (CMP).  I was given kudos by my boss, my coworkers, and many of those parents.  We talked about the future, the upcoming tests by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), and we even did some hands-on math demonstrations.  It...

Flipped Out

  • Written by Andrew Elliott McBurney
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So “flipped classrooms” are the latest thing. Well, almost the latest. They’ve been around for a few years now, but they’re starting to pick up steam, so, “the latest” will do for advertising purposes.I’m a bit skeptical of the idea of a flipped classroom. I say this as someone who has created a Facebook page, blog, Twitter account, online Schoology classrooms, and Remind101 account for his classes. I’ve set up accounts with Prezi, Infogram, and Vimeo, and I’ve give myself a long list of...

How to Use Technology in Education

  • Written by Brian Zeng
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As technology continues to influence our everyday lives, we find that its relevance has actually extended beyond office spaces and science labs. Intentionally or unintentionally we use technology all the time and are totally dependent on it. Almost all our daily life activities are governed by technology. In fact, we rely on it so much now that it has become a habit.And why not? If technology can bring more meaning and value to something then it is always a good idea to try it out. Every...

So much to talk about...

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Above is a Wordle of President Obama's speech entitled: "21st Century Schools for a 21st Century Economy."  If you're not familiar with Wordle it is a web application that turns text into the word cloud you see above.  The words most often used are the largest in the word cloud.   Take a look at the words above....Do you think the largest words are the most important? We have so much to talk about and so much to share.  The21stCenturyTeacher.com is a place for us to share our thoughts...

Bad Tradition: Tests in Classrooms

  • Written by Kris Nielsen
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  Submitted by: Kris Nielsen - Middle Level Specialist from North Carolina I watched my students take a math test the other day.  It was one of those tests that seems to take the entire 70-minute block.  Some finished early, others took the entire time, a few tended to need another day.  They were stressed, I was bored, and the entire day seemed to be a general energy drain. So, as I watched, I had two thoughts. First, I was still a little upset that my...