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Was Lisa Nielsen there, the

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Was Lisa Nielsen there, the NYCDOE's Director of Digital Whats-It? I'm sure she would have stood up and applauded, because that's her whole agenda. Take some time and read her blog "The Innovative Educator" and find out. She believes tech will solve everything, even having a FB and Twitter account will make you a better learner.

I'll never forget the

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I'll never forget the afternoon I went, with a couple hundred other NYC public school teachers and admins, to participate in a "Empowering Young Male Students of Color" workshop by Marzano in 2011.

We wanted to figure out best practices to massively increase the success of Latino and Black boys - less than half of whom graduate high school in NYC. He used two hours of our time, pretty much entirely, to shill for a competitor to smartboards. He had the CEO of the company come up on stage with him. Even the NYCDOE, not known for their sensitivity, had to apologize. I thought at the time, either he's a complete sell-out or he'd had some kind of stroke/brain-tumor that impaired his decision-making.

Wow! There is nothing like

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Wow! There is nothing like unfounded sarcasm. Dr. Marzano has dedicated his career to the betterment of education and to help schools and teachers to function on the highest levels. I appreciate your poor attempt at humor, and for that matter so would Dr. Marzano since he is the first person to laugh at himself, but there are far greater issues and people in education who are doing more harm than good . It is good to find humor in what is going on in education, but don't besmirch the name of a man whose whole purpose is to make education more effective for all participants.

Life Skills Support Teacher

Sifting through this weak

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Sifting through this weak attempt at satire, the reality is that Dr. Marzano's texts are used in all the best pre-service teacher education classes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a state, which by the way, has one the most stringent teacher certification standards in the entire country. Footnotes, for the uninitiated, are standard issue for research based texts. When students write APA style required research papers, they are always penalized for not having enough citations. The fewer number of citations from peer reviewed journals, the lower potential for the text to be considered a bona fide example of scholarly work.

Perhaps a better target for satire would be either of these darlings of the talk show circuit-- Seth Godin or Daniel Pink, who never taught a day in a K-12 classroom but seem to believe they know all about K-12 education and, sadly, have a great number of teachers bamboozled by their unqualified and sensationalist rhetoric that make for good sound bites and little more.

Distance Education Specialist

The problem is even though

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The problem is even though this is common knowledge, educators still don't use. There needs to a be a focus, and a main goal and yes educators need to just hack at that goal every minute a student is in the classroom.

Publisher, Wandering Educators

any article with that many

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any article with that many footnotes, I'm in. because he does that. LOVE!

How come I have one leg about

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How come I have one leg about a foot longer than the other? :D

You picked a great target for today, Jose! (Not that I don't appreciate Dr. Marzano, but that he's totally overexposed and no human could be as productive as he seems to be!)

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