Jake Miller Interviews (A Different) Jake Miller Re: Online Learning

I'm here today with Jake Miller, host of the fantastic Educational Duct Tape podcast, to the man with the same name AND profession as me on ways to guide us on keeping kids first and using technology in our new, COVID-19-pushed learning environment, not to mention ways to apply this learning regardless.   @MrJakeMiller (Me): [...]

The Ideal School Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

What would an ideal school look like?  My wife and I, like many educators and parents, have had this question thrust to the forefront as part of the COVID-19 crisis.  Overnight, my wife and I--both trained, veteran middle school teachers--have had to set up The Sutton School to teach our own kids. We’ve made all [...]

A Pandemic Brings Opportunity to Rethink Standardized Testing

Coronavirus-canceled testing brings an opportunity. As a teacher and parent in the state of New York, news that standardized testing might be canceled this year brings mixed emotions. I suspected the closures due to COVID-19 might come to this, and for many years I have been pretty open about my personal feelings about abuse-by-test. My [...]

Getting Reading Right: The Education Week Online Summit

Getting Reading Right was the title and focus of the free online Education Week summit held on January 28, 2020.  EdWeek reporters moderated with guest literacy specialists in six separate online chats framed by the results of the 2019 EdWeek Research Center survey on Early Reading Instruction.  Online registered participants were eligible for a certificate [...]

The Formal Observation: When Teachers and Administrators Dance

Every school year, teachers across the country play a sort of game. It is mostly an activity we play alone, like solitaire. We plan lessons in units to cover roughly 180 instructional days, with the intent that learning occurs. Most tenured teachers get one to two chances to demonstrate how we play this game and [...]