Boosting Critical Thinking Skills Through Guided Reading

by: Candice Yamnitz HOT stem posters, language objectives with higher DOK questions and lessons plans designed with student thinking in mind, OH MY! In my dual-language 4th grade classroom, we were set! The students were going to be critical thinkers. This eventually did happen with 100% of my students, but it wasn’t the whole group [...]

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The Prize: Mark Zuckerberg & His $100 Million Gift to Newark Public Schools (Book Review)

The subtitle of Dale Russakoff's book begs the question -- who's in charge of America's schools? In the push-and-pull system of school reformers vs. union members, outsiders vs. insiders, school boards vs. state and federal leaders, elites vs. grassroots, admin vs. teachers, and a host of other stakeholders over the "best interests of students," it's not [...]

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ and the Blight of Rural Schools

“I was one of those kids with a grim future,” author J.D. Vance begins in his book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. “I almost failed out of high school. I nearly gave in to the deep anger and resentment harbored by everyone around me. Today people look at me, [...]

Let’s Talk About Race: Jodi Picoult’s ‘Small Great Things’

Racism is different. It’s fraught, and it’s hard to discuss, and so as a result we often don’t - Jodi Picoult. Every year that I have taught, To Kill a Mockingbird has been in the curriculum. As a lover of literature, I am excited to share this masterpiece with my students. And every year, most students [...]