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A Brief Rant

Date: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 Wine Tasting

It is, I suppose, that time in the semester. Papers are coming in en masse, I have 100 things I feel like I need to do but am not totally sure about what I want to do with them and thus feel very behind. And more than anything else, I … Continue reading

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Precious Knowledge

Date: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 Wine Tasting

The best response to Waiting for Superman A film about the lives of students and teachers trying to live out humanizing pedagogy and the backward, racist, xenophobic Arizona state legislature that sees the incredible success of Tucson’s Ethnic Studies Program as an assault on “America.” This is a great film … Continue reading

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Researching Teachers – Moving in Circles

Date: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 Wine Tasting

While I am firmly indoctrinated into the Enlightenment ideal of progress – as the Beatles put it, “its getting better all the time” – I’m also struck when reflecting on the history and scope of research on teachers of how often we do the exact same thing and how exceedingly … Continue reading

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Some Prompts I Use In Class

Date: Mon, Mar 7, 2011 Wine Tasting

I thought I’d share some of my materials I use in my classes to place students into groups. I use very similar kinds of prompts almost every class, so while these won’t show everything we do in class, they at least point to the kinds of things I’m asking students … Continue reading

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Top 10 Albums of 2009

Date: Mon, Sep 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

A bit delayed, but better late than never: Record of the year: The list: 1. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix 2. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orce 3. Passion Pit – Manners 4. Atlas Sound – Logos 5. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion 6. The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa 7. Fanfarlo – [...]

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A Band that’s Been around for a while: Why?

Date: Mon, Sep 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

Awesome track from their 2008 record Alopecia. I’ve been listening to this song for two weeks straight, enjoy the awesome live version here.

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Struggling to make my thesis into an article

Date: Tue, May 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

I’ve spent the last four and a half hours attempting to turn my 130 page MA thesis into an article-length paper. So far I’ve gotten it down to just 20,000 words, only 10,000 more than almost any journal allows. Hmm… I can’t figure out what’s so hard about cutting things, other than [...]

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Stop Blaming Teachers for White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy

Date: Sun, Mar 14, 2010 Wine Tasting

The cover of Newsweek this week features an article that apparently has “the key to saving American Education” inside. I almost bought it, until I read what was written on the blackboard behind the article title: We Must Fire Bad Teachers This was written over and over again in a Bart Simpson style punishment, a practice [...]

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Public Intellectuals: Can We At Least Try?

Date: Sat, Feb 13, 2010 Wine Tasting

I’m writing this knowing that my recent history about being consistent with blogs will indicate that any time I “recommit” to writing it inevitably ends with me disappearing from cyberspace for a while. In all honesty, I can’t do this by myself, and yet I’m nervous to ask others to write with me. [...]

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Snow Days

Date: Sun, Dec 20, 2009 Wine Tasting

Growing up in Western Washington, we always hoped for snow. Snow was fleeting, and it brought with it the potential for school to be canceled. But as the rain would inevitably wash away any chance for icy roads, we learned to wish for snow that may or may not come and may or [...]

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The Myth of U.S. School’s Lagging Behind Other Countries

Date: Fri, Dec 11, 2009 Wine Tasting

You see it almost everywhere. “New data shows that India has more honors students than the US has students” and other such warnings of the educational apocalypse. We are reminded of the flattened world and global competition on an almost daily basis in education. For most of the 20th century there was an [...]

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Neo-Conservative Views of School Funding

Date: Wed, Dec 9, 2009 Wine Tasting

The class I’m teaching this semester ends with students in groups facilitating half of the course time for the final two weeks of the semester. One of the groups chose to look at school funding and opted for the text Does Money Matter?: The Effect of School Resources on Student Achievement and Adult Success [...]

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My Comments on Quam’s Response

Date: Sat, Dec 5, 2009 Wine Tasting

The following is taken from the Star Tribune’s online comment section for Jean Quam’s American Dream lives on at the U I’d like to begin by pointing out what we, in education research and teacher education, refer to as the “demographic imperative.” Currently, 86% of all elementary and secondary teachers are white. Of these, most are [...]

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Teacher Education Redesign Initiative

Date: Sat, Dec 5, 2009 Wine Tasting

The University of Minnesota is currently undergoing a redesign of its teacher education program. Part of this process saw the formation of several committees, each charged with addressing a particular piece of teacher education that graduates of the program saw as lacking in their own teacher education training. Among those groups formed was [...]

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