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The best teachers don’t do what they’re told

When I became a teacher, I wanted to be like Robin Williams in Dead Poet Society, bringing students to the thinking of old, dead (is that redundant?) white dudes, TeachThought reports. I figured their ideas had endured for centuries for a reason, and the students would benefit from a relationship with that kind of thing. So I poured over a variety of academic standards (this was before Common Core helpfully clarified for all teachers everywhere exactly what it meant to read and write), and created units stuffed full of all sorts of “best practice”: choice, rigor, backwards-design, assessment for learning, authenticity, etc…
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