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snopes.com: Mussolini and On Time Trains

snopes.com: Mussolini and On Time Trains | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Did Mussolini make the trains run on time?
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I thought about the statement about Mussolini getting the trains to run on time. Did he really? According to Snopes--Nope! 

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AllAnalytics - Bryan Beverly - A Skeptic's Guide to Analytic Results

AllAnalytics - Bryan Beverly - A Skeptic's Guide to Analytic Results | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Don't mistake fancy vocabulary for rigorous, scientific research -- keep an eye out for these common tricks of sloppy analysts.
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Smart Teacher? Hard Teacher? Passionate Teacher? | Educate Texas

Smart Teacher? Hard Teacher? Passionate Teacher? | Educate Texas | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

The discussion on teacher appraisal is heated because states and districts are linking student test scores to teacher performance and using the data to make decisions on pay, promotion, and retention of teachers. These high-stakes consequences can limit useful conversations on the pros and cons of these tools and how they could best be used in practice. There is real pressure, because of legislation in many states and new federal funding streams like Race to the Top, for states and districts to quickly develop and implement appraisal systems that measure teacher effectiveness. The notion that teachers should be held at least partly responsible for how their students achieve makes sense, but what is the best way to do this?

 
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excerpt: "How can you assess something as complex as teaching if you have not defined what you should measure? There are three categories in which teacher quality is measured, including (1) teacher qualifications (2) teaching quality and (3) teacher effectiveness. Each category is measured in numerous ways that vary in complexity and validity." 

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Top 5 Legal Mythbusters - NakedLaw by Avvo.com

Top 5 Legal Mythbusters - NakedLaw by Avvo.com | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Rumors and urban myths impact our decision making --in and out of the classroom-- more often than we would like to admit. Don't let it happen by staying informed and fact checking.

exerpt: "Sure, frivolous lawsuits occur sometimes—people are greedy jerks and will take advantage of the system if they can—but in reality, they are few and far between. And most of the ones bandied about by tort reformers are actually completely untrue, or important information that makes them justifiable was left out. Here are a few you might not know about."

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