• Can You See the Zwischenzug?

    By miller727@icloud.com November 18, 2014 Uncategorized 4 Comments I am going out on a limb to say I am likely the first education blogger to ever use the term zwischenzug (schwee-chen-zoog) in a post. The German word zwischenzug (intermediate move) is a chess tactic in which a player, instead of playing the expected move (commonly a […]

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  • To Slay a VAMpire!

    By miller727@icloud.com November 16, 2014 JMS Staff only, Uncategorized 11 Comments According to Wikipedia, the modern-day repository of all earthly knowledge, a vampire is defined as “a mythical being who subsists by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures.” Some vampires can allegedly shape shift, and lure their unsuspecting […]

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  • OKSDE: Mail the Damn Letter!

    By miller727@icloud.com October 16, 2014 Uncategorized 5 Comments After a four-month review of the Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) for reading and math, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education today voted unanimously to certify the standards as college and career ready. Many thanks to the Oklahoma Secondary School Board Association for live-tweeting this morning’s […]

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  • Why TLE is Flawed

    By miller727@icloud.com October 13, 2014 Uncategorized 7 Comments In my previous post, “Playing TLEopoly,” I discussed some of the silliness surrounding the current implementation of the Oklahoma Teacher and Leader Effectiveness system. The theory of action behind the TLE model of supervision and evaluation is that the process will improve teacher effectiveness, which in turn will boost […]

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  • Playing the Game of “TLEopoly”

    Playing the Game of “TLEopoly” By miller727@icloud.com October 8, 2014 Uncategorized 3 Comments It is that time of year when Oklahoma school administrators reach into the storage closet to dust off the TLEopoly game board for the start of a new teacher evaluation cycle. For those who are unfamiliar with the rules of the game, let […]

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  • McGraw-Hill to OKSDE: “My Cat Doesn’t Like You!”

    McGraw-Hill to OKSDE: “My Cat Doesn’t Like You!” By miller727@icloud.com September 29, 2014 Uncategorized 7 Comments The short relationship between our State Department of Education and testing giant, CTB/McGraw-Hill, has been filled with tumult and broken promises almost from the beginning. After a second consecutive spring testing season marred by major dysfunction, we rightfully decided […]

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  • Janet C. Barresi, Please Go NOW!

    By miller727@icloud.com September 25, 2014 Uncategorized 2 Comments In light of the dramatic events at this morning’s State Department of Education Board meeting, I think it is a good time to edit and republish a previous post asking for Dr. Janet Barresi to just go NOW! If you missed it, there have been several calls […]

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  • My Little Crony!

    By miller727@icloud.com September 24, 2014 Uncategorized 2 Comments Can the leadership of the Oklahoma State Department of Education get any more inept, incompetent, or unethical? Of course, this is clearly a rhetorical question. As long as Dr. Janet Barresi is in charge of the department, anything can happen. Earlier today, the Tulsa World reported that […]

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