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Summer Break: An Antiquated Institution That Needs To Go

By |2017-06-26T07:32:41-04:00June 26th, 2017|Instruction & Curriculum|

Summer break is an American institution. A time when students across the nation leave their intensive classes and venture off to the woods, the pool, the mountains, and the basement. For many students summer break has become synonymous with relaxation, spending time with their family and friends, camp, and heat waves. For educators, summer break [...]

5 Ways Teachers Can Fight the Power

By |2016-11-01T13:52:33-04:00March 22nd, 2016|Featured, Instructional Strategies, Social Justice|

Reflections from the annual conference of New York Collective of Radical Educators Before I even sat down for my first workshop at the 2016 New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) conference, I knew I would be leaving reinvigorated. The keynote speaker of the seventh annual NYCoRE conference, themed “Fight the Power” was Dr. Bettina [...]

Math Through the Looking Glass

By |2017-12-18T22:29:46-05:00June 9th, 2014|Instruction & Curriculum, Principals' Corner, Uncategorized|

By Jeffrey Benson At staff meetings in most schools, the subject area teachers sit among their peers. They sit with ones who most understand their struggles to convey the content and skills specific to their disciplines: PE with PE, science with science, arts with arts. As a consultant to schools that work with challenging students, [...]

Special Education Assistants – How to Make the Most of an Important Resource (Part 3)

By |2016-11-01T14:23:06-04:00November 26th, 2013|Classroom Management, Special Education|

picture courtesy www.mtroyal.ca Teachers usually welcome all the help they can get.  Unfortunately, teachers are not always prepared to best work with Educational Assistants.  Even the most experienced teacher can improve their management skills when working with others who are also trying to help their students. This can lead to the underuse of [...]

5 Ways to Incorporate Literacy in the Non-ELA Classroom

By |2016-11-01T14:25:19-04:00October 4th, 2013|Featured, Instruction & Curriculum, Literacy|

courtesy benchmarkeducation.com According to the Australian Curriculum Website, the definition of literacy in the Australian Curriculum is informed by a social view of language that considers how language works to construct meaning in different social and cultural contexts. This view builds on the work of Vygotsky (1976), Brice Heath (1983), Halliday [...]

What Interdisciplinary Writing Assessments Can Learn from Saturday Night Live

By |2016-11-01T14:35:02-04:00March 20th, 2013|Common Core, Featured, Uncategorized|

This post completes a trilogy of reflections on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) which will be terminated once the new Smarter Balance Assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are implemented. There will be at least one more year of the same CAPT assessments, specifically the Interdisciplinary Writing Prompt (IW) where 10th [...]

The Irony of Not Teaching the Importance of Teaching

By |2016-11-01T14:35:06-04:00March 19th, 2013|Common Core, From the Front Lines, Instruction & Curriculum, Opinion, Uncategorized|

Every May, one week is designated as Teacher Appreciation Week. There will be the customary newspaper coverage of favorite teacher stories,  the hashtag #thankateacher will trend on Twitter, and celebrities will post videos thanking teachers as the most important influences in their lives. These are all wonderful and appropriate tributes to the profession that prepares our nation's [...]

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