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Syd DiChiara
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EduNut, Teacher, Scribe, Songster, etc.
EduNut, Teacher, Scribe, Songster, etc.

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For any educators interested in having your students participate in National Novel Writing Month. #litchat   #pblchat   #engchat  

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Found a poem I'd written ten years ago whilst at a school headed into an improvement plan under NCLB. Don't remember writing it, but it sure brought back that contrasting sense of excitement as a new year began and then getting a smack to the proverbial teaching soul on the first day's meeting as the staff is informed of how they'll be punished for having failed as defined by what we now know (10 years later) is faulty data.

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A presentation filled with examples and templates for first-timers, and a starter resource website for further exploration.

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Google Apps for Ed: Resources to Inspire!
My district finally got on board the Google for Ed train. Since my school has been using the apps for the past six years (as a PBL magnet), they invited me to show ed tech leaders from across the city how the apps can be used in practical and transformative...

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NOTES Thinking Through Project-based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry
I've been teaching Humanities at a wall-to-wall PBL magnet for the past six years, so you'd think I'd be well-versed in designing PBL experiences for my students. While I've had lots of practice (mostly hits, but plenty of misses, too), I figured it was ti...

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For teachers: A presentation on FIVE free digital tools you can use to plan and assess.

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Recently, I came across a site that came highly recommended as a news aggregator geared specifically toward high school students. Upon first look, it seemed promising as one of many choices I could offer students for exploring current events. It even had resources for spotting bias in media, which made me think the site's creators had a purpose similar to my own; challenging students to think critically while consuming the news. That's what compelled me to want to know more and to look deeper, and that's why the results were so disappointing.


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"...Crayola homes surrounded by bright green living things
stick figures connecting in close proximity suggesting
a beautiful smallness of the world
everything ordinary a thing of intimacy
and comfort
-a children's code
we all once knew."

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Letter Grades Inhibit Deep Learning. They Must Die.
In the world of school, grades are supposed to represent where a student is at in relation to mastery.  A = spot on,  F =  far from it .   Well, that's the idea , anyway, but I have a hunch that's kind of rare. My guess is that it's more likely grades are u...
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