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There really is a divide…

My research interests focus on how youth use new technologies and the effects of this use on their social development and learning. I’m constantly reading about new technologies, gadgets, video games, and platforms. Naturally, I am skeptical when I read blogs and pieces from folks who are “social media gurus” that decry how backwards education […]

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NYC Rubber Rooms: The New Secret Police or Reasonable Reaction to a Broken System?

Wow. I’ve been totally into the recent outcry over NYC’s rubber rooms. I learned this week that rubber rooms are places where teachers go, when they are accused of detrimental or dangerous behavior. Teachers might go there for a myriad of reasons such as assaulting students, abuse, being drunk in the classroom, or just plain […]

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Twitter is the new haiku

Poetry has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I do not come from a family of avid readers. If my father has read one book, that is one more than I would have guessed. He says The Executioner’s Song is his favorite, but I inherited his copy and, […]

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(Un)professional development

In urban high schools across America, principals observe teachers. Observations divide nicely into two categories: informal and formal. Informal observations can occur at anytime and are supposed to be off the record. Formal observation are scheduled and most definitely on the record. The number of formal observations a teacher receives varies depending on several factors, including […]

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Blue Pill or Red Pill?

So I’m going to tread on some traditionally dangerous waters today and talk about that most taboo of subjects… public school teachers. Two fairly recent articles have got my attention. The first is the opening of a new charter school in NYC that has just hired its “dream team” of teachers and are paying them […]

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Faculty and Teaching

I recently read an interesting paper that considered faculty research, and by inference, the reward structure.  The text outlines in systematic fashion why we think faculty gravitate toward research.  One assumption (that I often hear my colleagues say) is that doing research makes someone a better teacher.  I always find it ironic that a researcher will […]

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