September 2012

Reflections on Re-inventing My Thinking

Inspired Teaching Fellow Laura McCarthy knows that her first year in the classroom is going to be "a year of profound, intense, mind-blowing learning."

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Creating an Inspired Community of Learners

Several encouraging classroom moments in his first weeks of teaching have validated Inspired Teaching Fellow Richard Meader's attempts to create an Inspired classroom.

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A Pitch for Competency-Based Education

Too many of DC's young people graduate with Cs and Ds and very little in the way of knowledge skills. Moving away from the Carnegie unit (seat hours model) to a competency-based model is an idea worth considering.

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College- and Career-Ready Students Need CCSS-Ready Teachers

Districts that will be successful at implementing the CCSS are those that develop and sustain strong coordination among district leaders, trainers, and principals.

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Channeling Anger into Productive Solutions

Before founding Inspired Teaching 17 years ago, I was a sixth-grade teacher, dedicated to building my students’ intellects and imaginations. I engaged my students in debates, discussions, and student-generated research projects.

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