Category Archives: TFA

The education system needs a seagull carrying a bucket of paint

There is a children’s book by Daniel Pinkwater called The Big Orange Splot. Though the author may not have intended it particularly in this way,  this is a book about education reform. A man named Mr. Plumbean lives on a … Continue reading

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A cool idea for building a better relationship with a particular student

At a training yesterday, a colleague shared an excellent idea for strengthening a relationship with a student–possibly a student you have had trouble connecting with previously. Two copies of a book Have the student pick out a book. Then, you … Continue reading

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A bad (article about a) study on success in math class

Scientific American just published this article (apparently syndicated by a company called LiveScience) which includes some questionable conclusions drawn from a questionable study about math success in school. The original study seems to be behind a paywall, so I haven’t … Continue reading

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What can we infer about City Year and TFA based on their different ad strategies?

During my recent journey home for winter break, I encountered advertisements for both City Year and Teach For America. I currently work with City Year and I had worked with TFA last year. On the public bus from my apartment … Continue reading

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Student data for pattern-seeking, not just assessing

It is not news that, in the last decade, the use of data (often based on standardized test scores) has exploded. In addition to being used to assess how well students have learned the material for a particular class, student … Continue reading

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