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Can Numbers Be Biased?

We love statistics. Specifically, we love raw number statistics: number of students proficient or advanced, number of babies named Emma, number of hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes, and more. We also love percentage statistics: grades; batting averages in baseball, … Continue reading

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What’s it gonna be this year?

Inevitably, there is some new initiative, some new program being introduced. If you have taught for a while, you have seen many of these come and go. Maybe last year was the year they introduced the new spelling program that … Continue reading

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Remember How Important You Are

When teachers at Mission Viejo Elementary School came back from summer break, I was there. They wanted me to present on the morning of the first day. I have worked with hundreds of schools and districts across North America, and … Continue reading

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Don’t Follow Your Dreams

Almost time for the new school year. We’ll all go back to our classrooms and tell students to follow their dreams. Never quit! You can be anything you dream of being!!! Except… A dream is a regular idea with a … Continue reading

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Creating an argument worth delivering

A fairly typical classroom current events discussion: Kids shouldn’t be allowed to play football.             Yes, they should! Football is fun!!             Denver won the Super Bowl!             Yes! That was a great game.             But kids get hurt playing … Continue reading

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Being nice is mean.

  I had a problem with being too nice. Because I once had a job that involved phone sales, I knew how hard the job is and I had a soft spot for those trying to make it work. So … Continue reading

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Looking Into Education’s Crystal Ball

By Larry Ferlazzo on March 14, 2017 12:36 PM (Larry Ferlazzo is an educator worth following. He collects, curates, and shares great ideas from educators around the world and contributes brilliant ideas of his own as well. He asked educators … Continue reading

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Don’t flip your class…yet

Evidence that you are getting old: You watch the Grammy’s and don’t know many of the performers. You say, “These students used to be so much better.” You think the flipped classroom is a big deal. Let me focus on … Continue reading

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Communication in the 21st Century (originally published in HMH Charter School Newsletter)

Charter School Newsletter August 2015 Communication in the 21st Century By Erik Palmer–Educational Consultant, Author, and Speaker Communication in the 1st century. No, that’s not a typo, though to be more accurate, I should say 1st century B.C. What was … Continue reading

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Something’s gotta go.

The situation: a Colorado school where I was going to conduct a workshop;  a class still in session in the room I was going to be using; students with crayons making drawings of dirt. I know you may be thinking: … Continue reading

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