Category Archives: Big Picture Ramblings

Babies and Boxes And Bias And Such

At my school right now, the staff is doing deep and powerful work on the subject of unconscious bias–the things that operate on us below the surfaces, shaping our views of ourselves and those around us. Because it isn’t enough … Continue reading

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After the Election

The past few weeks have been nailbiters in TeacherBethLand.  I’m never a big fan of electoral politics, but this year has been especially angsty.  I live in a very progressive part of California, a state which has over the years … Continue reading

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Choose and Lose

‘Tis the season. It always amazes me how quickly summer passes–I feel like I’ve barely stopped having one year’s worth of classroom dreams when it’s time for my subconscious to start in on the next year.  I reported back three … Continue reading

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Testing the Teachers Part 2: The Stick

So, a million dollars later, our hero has discovered that paying bonuses to teachers whose kids do well on tests doesn’t actually make kids do well on tests. Now, let us rant in the opposite direction: the stick end of things. Continue reading

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Testing the Teachers Part 1: The Carrot

This afternoon, the president of our teachers’ union (herself a former classroom teacher at this site) came by for a pulse check and information exchange.  Hugs were exchanged, fliers distributed.  One teacher brought two bags of junk food, which were … Continue reading

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Pinball Wizard

Last week, my district released a rather new spin on test score reporting: some data cruncher plugged everything into a Google motion chart.  The end result reminds me of nothing quite so much as that one thrilling instant in pinball … Continue reading

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On grasshoppers

The grasshoppers have come again. For the past four years, a major part of my working life has been sharing it with other people–serving, formally or informally, as a mentor to other special education teachers.  I honestly don’t remember when … Continue reading

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