Educators need to discuss -- and even argue about -- the best teaching practices needed to change instruction for the better in schools, middle-grades educator Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. This type of discourse takes time, so administrators need to allow time for the collaboration, professional reading and mentoring that can make better teachers, Sacks writes. "If we do not discuss and disagree about 'best practices,'... others will do the arguing for us, out there in the non-school-based education world, and dominate the discourse," Sacks notes.

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