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Any future and present math teachers interested in a little summer PD from home? I’m taking Stanford’s EDUC115N “How to Learn Math” starting July 15. Direct quote: CONCEPTS 1. Knocking down the myths about math. Math is not about speed, memorization or learning lots of rules. There is no such thing as “math people” and…

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2013 TFA teachers: you are finished with Institute or are about to finish. You’ve spent hours poring over lesson plans, listening intently to feedback from your advisors(1), attending session after session, and reflecting more than a funhouse mirror. You’ve been staying up late and getting up early for a month-plus. You are probably exhausted. This…

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This is part five of an ongoing dialogue regarding the importance of standardized testing. This post is in response to EMinNM’s “Test scores aren’t all that matter!” EM, before I go any further, let me apologize for my slow response. My go-to excuse for tardiness is here. Thank you for your quite thoughtful response. I…

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Jul 02 2013

Donors Choice? Choose Us!

I’ll make this short and sweet: We need supplies! Donors… Choose us! http://www.donorschoose.org/ms.schwamburger I have taken time out of my “oh-so-busy” summer schedule to create our classroom’s Donors Choose site! If you are unfamiliar with the awesomeness that is “Donors Choose”, here is a quick synopsis: “DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy…

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Jun 26 2013

We Did It! Time for Nothing.

One week ago, I dismissed my boys for the last time this school year. We did it!  The 2012-2013 year is done.  It’s in the books!  Desks and closets are filled and closed for the summer.  Hooray! I can only imagine what my boys are doing already.. “I’m bored.”  One week into summer and their…

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I’m responding to EMinMN’s most recent post titled “Test scores do matter. Unfortunately.”  This was originally to be a comment but it got long-winded(1) and I think merits a discussion of the importance of testing in our work. Her post is itself a response to Gary Rubinstein’s post regarding a 2012 CM’s quote: “My vision…

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Jun 12 2013

#68: End-of-year reflections

Summer is officially here as evidenced by an adorable sleeping baby strapped to my chest and the Spurs rolling in the NBA Finals(1). My first year as a general ed teacher is done. My first year of teaching with the STAAR Geometry test is done. My third year is in the books with the fourth…

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Jun 12 2013

#67: Portrait of a cynic as a young man

I came across a TFA corps member’s old letter of intent, and in addition to showcasing some grade A positivity pablum, it featured this utterly disgraceful passage: I’ve been following Teach for America for several years.  Alum (sic) like Michelle Rhee(1) at DC Public Schools or KIPP founders Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin have used…

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Jun 11 2013

Worst End of School Year Teacher Ever

For about a month now I have been on a slow decline into that blessed, peaceful, state of “Summer.”  After my final IEP meeting of the year, squaring away all of my boys’ summer school plans, one last round of progress monitoring, reading assessments, and data reporting, my brain has concluded that it is just…

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If you will forgive the drought between posts, I did actually begin this one last month and it’s been sitting in the drafts folder ever since. But I think today is as good a time as any to revive it due to the latest legislative news. Among other things, House Bill 5 eliminates the requirement to…

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