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On the recommendation of a couple of Twitter friends I watched Shawshank Redemption for the first time (yeah I know), and I am glad I did.  The majority of students I teach and have contact with are seniors and the scene below struck me as how students come to depend on the walls of the schools. This line by Red particularly struck me. Red: "These walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you … [Read more...]

Then Change It!

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This post is a result of a conversation on Twitter between one of my students and myself about the Chemistry class I teach.  This class is required by the state of Michigan in order for students to get a state endorsed (whatever that means) diploma.  The class I teach is called General Chemistry is designed for At Risk students to meet this requirement.  I have included the conversation below, and … [Read more...]

Are We Drinking The Common Core Kool-Aid?

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Disclaimer: The following post is meant to disrupt your thinking about the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards- not to offend. During the course of taking courses for my teacher certification we had to read J. Abner Peddiwell’s book called The Sabre Tooth Curriculum.  The gist of the book is comparing education to the developing a better tiger starting with a sabre tooth … [Read more...]

Standardized Testing: 20 Percent Time Gone Wrong

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This was my favorite quote, but in the current climate standardized testing and education reform movement I am about ready to change it to “You Can Take This Job and Shove It."  Our high school, and more specifically, the science department have been under immense pressure to raise our standardized test scores which include the ACT and MME (Michigan Merit Exam).  Last year we had an A for science … [Read more...]

Find A Wolf Pack Using The Little Blue Bird

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In my first post for the Disruptors I wrote “Disruptors: Get Comfortable with being the Lone Wolf."  This post is about using that little blue bird to find your wolf pack.  Over the past few months I have found three packs to run with and they are all groups of Disruptors. I found then all on Twitter and they are all lone wolves in their districts or schools.  Some actually have disrupted their … [Read more...]

Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome

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In recent years, the education landscape seems to change daily in the hands of all State legislatures.  In this environment, teachers and administrators need to keep up to date with proposed changes in their states.  In most cases, these proposals will using come to fruition with out a lot of changes. This is where the teachers need to adopt the unofficial Marine Corps slogan “Improvise, Adapt, … [Read more...]

Disruptors: Get Comfortable Being the Lone Wolf

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As a teacher what does it mean to be a disruptor?  Does it mean you are the innovator, pioneer or just a thorn in the side of administration because you want to do what is right for students?  I teach a group of students that have been labeled with many different terms: At Risk, Special Needs, Low Achieving Low, and with those labels students come with the attitude: "I can’t do this."  They have … [Read more...]