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MARY TEDROW
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Please stop appreciating me
This sounds crass and rude but nothing would please me more than an end to the weeklong festival of teacher appreciation. Let's face it.  As a 58-year-old adult with twenty-five years of classroom experience, beginning in 1978, I do not need another piece o...
This sounds crass and rude but nothing would please me more than an end to the weeklong festival of teacher appreciation. Let's face it.  As a 58-year-old adult with twenty-five years of classroom experience, beginning in 197...
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Addendum: Another Meeting
Bill HJ 1has passed both houses in the Virginia Legislature.  This bill is titled "Teacher Career Ladder program; report.  Requests the Department of Education to study and make recommendations regarding the feasibility of a Teacher Career Ladder program in...
Bill HJ 1has passed both houses in the Virginia Legislature.  This bill is titled "Teacher Career Ladder program; report.  Requests the Department of Education to study and make recommendations regarding the feasibility of a ...
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And now from Arne Duncan....at the T&L
On Friday afternoon of the Teaching & Learning 2014 conference, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the teachers before a nearly full room. As part of his  commentary  he announced a new partnership with NBPTS. Here is what Duncan foresees as his p...
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Teaching and Learning from Bill Gates in the Nation's Capitol
Maybe it was Doris Kearns Goodwin's passionate admiration of son Michael Goodwin's  Rivers and Revolutions instructional program that brought the image to mind, but this weekend's inaugural Teaching and Learning Conference at the Washington D.C. Convention ...
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Educate with Trust in Mind
In the dead of winter, revisiting the Summer Institute. July, 2013 I have just walked the promenade on the east side of the
Johnson Center on the George Mason campus.   Where is the crepe myrtle, I wonder?    Ah, there, behind the maples which now shade the...
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Thanks for reading Dahlia.  I know you don't need to be told that our goal really is about bettering our children.  You do it daily.
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Have her in circles
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In the Belly of the Oligarchy
Corporate Oligarchy, according to Wikipedia: Corporate oligarchy is a form of power, governmental or operational, where such power effectively rests with a small, elite group of inside individuals, sometimes from a small group of educational institutions, o...
Corporate Oligarchy, according to Wikipedia: Corporate oligarchy is a form of power, governmental or operational, where such power effectively rests with a small, elite group of inside individuals, sometimes from a small gro...
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Stepping on Toes or Time to get Rude
My husband tells me I'm cynical.  Maybe so. But I can't help but have the feeling that Arne Duncan's speech to the Teaching and Learning Conference on Friday, March 14 (after the press corps has packed up and gone home for the weekend) was designed to molli...
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+Anthony Cody NBPTS solicited questions prior to the conference through email and George Stephanopoulos asked the questions, naming the questioner.  But I don't recall much controversy other than the one Berk mentioned below which lit up the twitter feed immediately.   +Diane Painter  Agreed that both mentioned the controversy without a willingness to delve into a real discussion of what the problems actually are.  When we are truly listened to then a real discussion will take place.  Currently, real argument is only happening in spaces like this.  I note that Chris Hayes of MSNBC had Pedro Noguera, Seppy Basili, Julie Cavanaugh on March 7 but only to talk about the changes to the SAT.  A very pithy discussion.  Media doesn't come close to airing all the arguments.
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Michelle,
I write a position every time. When I re-read them I'm surprised how I've stuck to my goals even when I've forgotten what I wrote. Writing is powerful. 
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Poverty Leaves Every Child Behind
"What Happens When the Poor Receive a Stipend?"   ran on the New York Times Opinion page on January 18.  It reveals a study that occurred when the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina decided to distribute the largess of their new gambling casino to every fami...
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Talking Education with Non-educators
It is easy to remain insular during the school year my life is consumed by the crowded school schedule. It is school, school, school (nights, days, weekends) without a let up until everything comes to a screeching halt at the holidays. Often I feel that I h...
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Occupation
English teacher
Skills
Teaching, writing, teaching adult learners
Employment
  • John Handley High School
    Porterfield Endowed English Chair, present
    Full time classroom teacher with duties that extend to managing the work of the English department. Curriculum design, professional learning, budged management.
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Gender
Female
Other names
Eidsness
Story
Tagline
I teach high school, and you wish you could.
Introduction
I've been a classroom teacher since 1978 with a respite of a dozen years to raise three children.  Constants in my life have been family, running, reading, writing, and working with children.  Well, teens are hardly children, but they are still way younger than I.
Bragging rights
Mother of three, grandmother of four.
Education
  • Shepherd University
    English and Journalism, 1973 - 1977
    English major, journalism minor.
  • Shenandoah University
    Education, Emphasis in Teaching, 1994 - 1999
    Masters of Education, Emphasis in Teaching Masters Thesis: The Effect of a Teacher Read Aloud on the Achievement of Ninth-Grade Students in the English Classroom. May, 199
  • George Mason University
    Education, 1981 - 1999
    Various courses in writing and the teaching of writing. Teacher Fellow in the Invitational Summer Institute, 1998 Staff, ISI, 1999 Co-Director, ISI 2004 Director, Shenandoah Valley Summer Institute 2005-Present
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