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On Instructional Planning

All teachers plan. Those who are following the Standard Model of Education are likely to focus on content when they plan; they want to be sure they tell students everything they must tell them to cover all of the topics in the curriculum. They will also plan for how to best tell students what they Read More

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Teachers as IT Users

Teachers are the second largest number of school IT users, and they are the users who have the most diverse IT needs. In addition to using computers for instructional purposes, teachers use their devices to create materials, manage student data, and complete school operations tasks. In addition to their work-related tasks, most school acceptable use Read More

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“Pedagogically Mature” Educators

Young educators are enthusiastic. They spend years preparing: They learn the content they will teach, they learn how brains work, they learn pedagogical theory, and they practice various strategies. Of course, the details of what they learn depends on the specific regulatory agencies to which their teacher preparation program reports, but they learn in classrooms Read More

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On Educators’ Education

One of the difficult lessons that all teachers face when they first meet a group of students is that not all students arrive with the same motivation, goals, and experiences as the teacher. This is certainly true in liberal arts classrooms and mathematics classrooms, but it is even true in many programs that prepare students Read More

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On Supporting Teachers

Computers intruded into the world of education starting in the 1970’s. Sure, “intrusion” may not be the appropriate verb, but the arrival of the devices meant educators, administrators, staff, and students were forced into new ways of teaching and learning and managing the institution’s operations. New infrastructure was added to buildings, new personnel had to Read More

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A Brief Post on Standards

In manufacturing, the expected performance of the product is well-defined; we know how to measure performance and our methods can usually be tested. We build prototype systems, compare the outcomes with the standards, then discard those systems that don’t work. The prototyping and testing can be done in highly-controlled circumstances as well. Further, manufacturers who Read More

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On Nurturing Burnout

Teacher burnout is something we hear about frequently in the time since the pandemic. The problem appears to be worse than it ever has, and teachers are leaving the profession as a result. Educators are focusing on teacher burnout on social media as well. For example, this tweet: prompted my reply: I was challenged to Read More