Archive for the ‘Instruction&Curriculum’ Category

  • Gaming as the Future of Learning: The Truly Epic Win [Part 1]

    on Apr 16, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum • with Comments


    What if the future of learning is not measuring student achievement in high stakes standardized testing?  What if, instead, the future of learning is in the magic of a great game?  Ever since the 1983 “A Nation at Risk” report on the American education system, policymakers have consistently insisted that more and more high stakes testing is the answer to raising student achievement. Recently, as educators and policymakers realized that it would be worth it to create more rigorous common standards nationwide, those standards have already been overshadowed by the implementation of even more high

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  • Poesía en la clase de Español

    on Apr 15, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Languages • with Comments


    “¡Otra vez!” My students were so used to hearing these two words (another time) in between choral recitations of our daily poem that it had unfortunately become a bit sing-song as they mimicked me.  Pick your battles; I thought . . . here I stood, in front of 26 eighth graders as we recited a poem (in Spanish) by Rosalia de Castro, the nineteenth century romantic poet. Half the class had it memorized, some kept the paper out for reference, but knew most of it, and a small percentage struggled with remembering the poem and

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  • Math Principles to Actions: An Invitation and a Demand

    on Apr 11, 14 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics, Opinion • with Comments


    I heard a refreshing voice today. One that silenced the annoying diatribe I have encountered in the past regarding the mathematics dilemma. (Caution: a moment of personal trajectory coming in 3…2…) As an African-American woman, I am twice marginalized by the discipline of mathematics, and yet access to it has catapulted me to levels of privilege that would not have been afforded to me otherwise. So in a way mathematics changed my life experience. For this reason alone I am always driven by the idea of providing students access to rich mathematical experiences; opportunities for

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  • A Tale of Two Field Trips: Perilous Yet Rewarding

    on Apr 11, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments

    School Bus in Alaska

    I recently took 11th and 12th grade on a field trip to Yale Repertory Theatre to see These Paper Bullets, a “modish remake” of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. We had arrived early enough to have a little time before the show to stroll the sidewalks of Yale/New Haven and grab a cup of coffee before filing into the University Theatre. The weather cooperated for the first time this year,  the show was fast-paced, and engaging, and students participated in a talk-back with the crew and cast after the show. “Best show ever!” was their collective response, and I agreed. This was a great field

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  • Springful of Poets

    on Apr 11, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments


    Each spring Lined note pads of Decorated paper from the dollar store Pencils or skinny markers Their choice Became the tools of Second grade poets. Who, Every single spring, Surprised me with their Prowess To paint words Into images Which laughingly, Startlingly Opened my eyes with Delight. Spring Equaled Lucy Calkins’ and Reggie Routman’s Books on my table Supporting my teaching Of looking at our world With fresh eyes and New techniques. No fill-in-the-blank Poetry for us. We learned Repetition is a force, We used it over, And over, And over, And over. We learned

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