Category Archives: Rants

Synergy *almost* works!

Edupoint has made a lot of updates to its Synergy software that (almost) make it functional! Here is a quick tribute to their “improvements” with some visuals to show how they *almost* worked.

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An Open Letter to Edupoint

Let’s get something straight right off the bat: I’m a teacher. I’m not a web designer. I’m not a programmer. I’m not a tech guru. I do, however, think I’m pretty tech savvy. Like most guys, I refuse to use … Continue reading

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Leading horses to water…

I will be accountable for my lesson plans. I will be accountable for my instruction. I will be accountable for creating differentiation to the best of my ability. I will be accountable for the safety and well-being of my students … Continue reading

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Basic Math

My average class has 35 students. My school’s largest laptop cart has 32 computers. Do you see the problem? There has been intense debate about whether or not class size is directly related to student achievement. The data is just … Continue reading

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Seriously, no one saw how ironic this was?

I love irony in education… For example, how Lexile scores should be used to differentiate texts for all learning levels…and then everyone should take the same reading test. Or how suspension is a terrible deterrent for bad behavior, and actually … Continue reading

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Ignorance and the Internet, Part I: A Culture of Facts

This past April 15 marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and while many people were aware of the historic real-life event that was commemorated that day, there was a small population of Twitter users who … Continue reading

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The shoe metaphor vs. ‘one size fits all’ testing

So during my professional development session today, I watched a a little video about Lexile scores. Here – it’s on YouTube, so you can watch it too. It’s only about six minutes long, and it’s informative. But honestly, the argument … Continue reading

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