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A Chance To Make History — my review Part I

About a year ago TFA came out with the ‘Teaching As Leadership’ book, which I thought was horrible and wrote a scathing nine part critique.  This new book, you’ll all be happy to know, is actually pretty good, though not … Continue reading

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Mixed feelings about the upcoming summit

I have an unusual relationship with TFA.  To me, TFA is like an ex-boyfriend who dumped me after a five year relationship from 1991 to 1996, just as things were about to get serious.  Now after the dumping back in … Continue reading

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Can Superman make a more accurate documentary?

I watched ‘Waiting For Superman’ last night and I’ll admit the ending had me in tears — though not for the reason that the filmmaker intended. This movie, I think, will unfortunately stall our country’s progress in closing the achievement … Continue reading

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Teaching as leadership critique part IX

Now that I’ve finished the entire book, including all the appendices, I’d like to make some conclusions and final reflections for any new teachers reading the book and especially for new TFA CMs. I think that one of the central … Continue reading

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Teaching as leadership critique part VIII

I’ve just finished chapter 6, the final principle ‘Work Relentlessly.’ While I like most of the content of this chapter, I’ve got a few minor ‘improvements.’ TFA is still in the middle of a slow evolution of its philosophy of … Continue reading

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Teaching as leadership critique part VII

Just finished chapter 5, ‘Continuously Increase Effectiveness,’ which I liked. It’s a very short 20 page chapter, which is very realistic. All teachers make mistakes. New teachers make a lot of them, but even experienced teachers do. Mistakes come from … Continue reading

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Teaching as leadership critique part VI

Chapter 4, ‘Execute Effectively’, is another very good chapter. Here is where readers learn that being an excellent teacher requires a lot of hard detail work. There’s the constant assessing of students during a lesson and then a lot of … Continue reading

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