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  • The teacher from School A says, I don't use fill-in-the-blank question cards.

    Teacher: The worst of "best practices"

  • But his most lasting contribution to American culture may have been "Mad Libs," the fill-in-the-blank party game that he and Roger Price invented one day in 1953 while trying to come up with a description of the nose of Ralph Kramden's boss, for an early episode of "The Honeymooners."

    Classic TV Writer Helped Invent 'Mad Libs'

  • Then the team comes back with a report that says something like, Teachers at School A are successful because they ask students to make their own test using fill-in-the-blank test questions.

    Teacher: The worst of "best practices"

  • • Phase 5.1: Teachers in School B distribute cards, which are aligned with current state benchmarks and contain fill-in-the-blank questions such as "How does _____ in paragraph ______ relate to ______ in paragraph _____."

    Teacher: The worst of "best practices"

  • In the fill-in-the-blank question card example, evidence of implementation is to be demonstrated by displaying laminated copies of the question cards on classroom walls, although the questions are written in 10-point font that is too small to read from any student desk.

    Teacher: The worst of "best practices"

  • • Phase 5.5: Teachers from School B put the task cards and supplemental materials away until next year, not knowing that the district will reshuffle all benchmarks at the end of the year and create new fill-in-the-blank question cards, which will make all teacher-created supplemental materials useless.

    Teacher: The worst of "best practices"

  • First of all, the feature casting at fill-in-the-blank studio will put this big list together of general famous people.

    Dane Cook and the Jonas Brothers Auditioned for Captain America Roles? | /Film

  • We are resisting their longstanding propaganda attack on the Tea Party as racist, homophobic, Nazi, nativist and whatever fill-in-the-blank negative stereotype they can muster to marginalize millions of Americans.

    Andrew Breitbart: NPR Is Collateral Damage in Battle to Brand Tea Party

  • Phase seven: The teacher from School B runs into a teacher from School A at happy hour and asks for advice on using fill-in-the-blank question cards.

    Teacher: The worst of "best practices"

  • Here is an example of how that works using the fill-in-the-blank question cards:

    Teacher: The worst of "best practices"


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  • adj. describing something that is essentially unchanged from one instance to the next, with only names or other particular details changed. cf. cookie-cutter

    March 20, 2014