Let’s Embrace the Move to Standards-Based Grading

When my Principal mentioned that we would start the move towards Standards-Based grading next year, all I saw were looks of horror on most teachers’ faces. Look, I get it. Change is hard. Super hard. Among all the other tasks teachers are charged with, adding another just seems… impossible. But I also believe that change [...]

By |2018-01-14T14:10:36-04:00January 14th, 2018|Common Core, Instruction & Curriculum, Opinion|2 Comments

“Let Them Eat Cake:” How Teachers Can Resist Banned Words

Used with permission from Susan DuFresne.                         Words never uttered can be extremely significant. Often the perception of words said (or unsaid) carry more importance than truth. In October of 1789, Marie Antoinette did not look down at the swarming hordes of [...]

The Writing Gap: Why a Renaissance in Writing Instruction is Imperative

"Appositive?” “What is an appositive?” “Is that even a word?” These were snippets of conversations overheard in a teacher’s book study at Liverpool High School, a large, suburban school north of Syracuse, NY. The assembled teachers, from a variety of disciplines including World Languages, English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics and Special Education, comprise a group studying [...]

3 Steps to Helping Students Develop College-Ready Writing Skills

Teachers are forever reminding their students that what’s going on in their classrooms will be ‘important to know in high school and college’ - but how many students actually believe them? I remember one student who replied to me when I said that: “Yeah, that’s what they say every year. And it’s never really true [...]

Empowering Students Through Choice

Last month, I wrote an article about how lack of creativity for teachers can hinder both progress and respect. The same thing can be said for our students: a lack of creativity can hinder progress, respect, and self-efficacy. Allowing more choice for our students can empower them while also promoting creativity. Scripted and finite curricula [...]

By |2017-10-22T12:05:02-04:00October 22nd, 2017|Common Core, Instruction & Curriculum|0 Comments