Stephen Hurley

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Tags Teacher Leadership
January 31, 2010

Over the recent holiday break, I took advantage of a free afternoon to organize my bookshelf. A friend who had read my blog post about my not fitting the ideal teacher personality thought that it might be fun to gift me with an electronic labeler....

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Tags Teacher Leadership
December 9, 2009

Malcolm Gladwell, the author of The Tipping Point, suggests that our public schools would benefit from a spirit of innovation rather...

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Tags Assessment
September 15, 2009

The following quote is one of the first things my eighth-grade students see when they walk into their classroom in September:

The following quote is one of the first things my eighth-grade students see when they walk into their classroom in September:

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Tags Assessment
August 17, 2009

A few weeks ago, I found myself sitting on the stage at our school's eighth-grade graduation ceremony. I was reflecting on the two years I have had with these students, and how we set out together to do something different with our time in this place we call school.

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Tags Teacher Leadership
May 23, 2009

As our two-year arts@newman pilot program comes to a close (read more about it), we are entering the process of evaluating and reporting on our efforts, posing questions for future growth, and reflecting on the incredible journey we have...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
February 5, 2009

I discovered something rather important this week: I'm in the wrong job! That's right -- for the past 25 years, I have lived under the false assumption that being a teacher was the ideal career for me.

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Tags Teacher Leadership
December 16, 2008

Perhaps it's the result of having just turned fifty. It may be owing to the fact that I am a fairly new dad. Whatever the reason, the textual world our young people occupy today seems to be much more complex and more highly constructed than when I was entering my own teenage years.

I'm...

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Tags Education Trends
September 25, 2008

This is the second part of a two-part entry. Read part one.

The school year doesn't officially begin for another twelve hours, but already, a couple of things about our plan to introduce...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
September 18, 2008

"The highly structured school with its fixed timetable, isolated subject areas, centralized curriculum, and authoritarian nature is giving way to a new order that places less stress on mechanical rote learning and greater importance on the discovery and exploration of concepts and impressions...

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
August 4, 2008

The theme for this first year of our arts@newman program could best be expressed with the statement "We live storied lives." Throughout the year, we have been exploring how the arts can help us both understand our stories more deeply and express those stories to others.

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