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  • Thank You!

    By miller727@icloud.com May 30, 2014 Uncategorized 15 Comments One of my favorite segments on Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night comedy show is his Friday night “Thank You” notes.  If you are not familiar with the skit, here is a clip from the “Best of Late Night” episode: This one made me laugh: With today being the […]

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  • It’s in the Lemurs’ Hands Now

    It’s in the Lemurs’ Hands Now By miller727@icloud.com May 12, 2014 Uncategorized 11 Comments The release of third grade reading scores on Friday detracted from what is normally a day of celebration for schools and test administrators across Oklahoma. May 9th was the final day of the spring testing season. Now, I am aware that […]

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  • The Shameful Treatment of Crutcho Public School

    By miller727@icloud.com May 10, 2014 Uncategorized 18 Comments This is a long post but I really encourage you to read it in its entirety. Please also share it with others in Oklahoma, especially those who believe that shaming schools, teachers, and students is the right path to school improvement. We must continue to educate them. […]

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  • Remembering Mr. Moguin

    “The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate ‘apparently ordinary’ people to unusual effort.  The tough problem is not in identifying winners:  it is in making winners out of ordinary people.”  ~K. Patricia Cross Thirty five years ago, I was one of those “apparently ordinary” people who had the good fortune of being mentored […]

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  • VAMs for Parents?

    By miller727@icloud.com May 5, 2014 Uncategorized 6 Comments It’s been said often that a picture can be worth 1,000 words. I’m not sure how many words the following YouTube video is worth, but its silly portrayal of teaching consultants and value-added models (VAMs) is priceless! In yesterday’s post, I shared my list of predictable consequences […]

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  • Why VAMs Must Die!

    By miller727@icloud.com May 4, 2014 Uncategorized 4 Comments This is my first significant incursion into the issue of Value-Added Models (VAMs). Since there have been entire books and many research studies devoted to this complex issue, it is difficult to capture the intricacies of VAMs, particularly their role in teacher evaluation, in a shorter blog […]

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  • Apples and Oranges

    By miller727@icloud.com May 2, 2014 Uncategorized 6 Comments In today’s Daily Oklahoman, we learned that the new John Rex Charter Elementary School in OKC will likely not have any trouble recruiting teachers to work in their school. Read the story here: They have yet to be hired, but first-year teachers who go to work for […]

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  • Parabolas or Paso Doble?

    By miller727@icloud.com April 22, 2014 Uncategorized 19 Comments First, I must provide a disclaimer: I don’t watch “Dancing with the Stars.” It’s not that I don’t like ballroom dancing. I’m just not any good at it. Therefore, using middle school reasoning, dancing must be stupid right? If you’ve met me, you know that I am […]

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