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Motivating for Mastery: it starts with a simple question

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So you want your students to master your class content faster? What teacher doesn't?

Here's my proposal:
Have less drill and practice (I'm looking at you, worksheet wranglers and you, test-preppers).
Instead, we will create higher personal stakes for the students and I'm not talking grades or staying after school/in from recess.


What's in a Name?

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CommonCore Standards … College and Career Readiness Standards … Corporate takeover of our schools … evil incarnate … the greatest change in education in the past 9,000 years …

Over the past two years, I've heard these new CommonCore standards called a lot of names by a lot of different people. In fact, some states are even changing the name of the CommonCore standards while not actually changing the standards themselves.


At the Intersection

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As I'm working with educators across the US and Kansas, I find that many of us are trying to figure out how to juggle our new technology investments with the new Common Core Standards. I get asked about where will they fit together. How we can ensure that we're using the high-dollar investments to the best purpose to meet the standards.


If Common Core is the What, Then What’s the How?

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Before you read this post, take a moment to watch the video above, depicting what our “standardized students” might do in a real-life situation, such as a job interview. 

Do click it to watch it. It’s only 3 minutes long and you’ll be glad you did.  

This video parody struck me the other day as a bit of an exaggeration, but maybe not so much…  Sure, it’s a parody, but can’t we see the truth in it too? I know I can and I shake my head.

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