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June 15, 2019

Why Are the First Several Years of Teaching So Difficult? How Schools Can Stop Failing Novice Teachers

“Fraternity hazing” is how one article in the Atlantic characterized the experiences of first year teachers. The comparison conjures images of navigating degrading and dangerous rites of passage before being accepted for full membership into the...

May 31, 2019

Teacher Growing Pains

Student accuses teacher of lying. Student is right. Nothing is done. Sounds like an event of a distant past? Nope. King Johnson’s recent note to his teacher this month reminds us, telling lies is not an aberration in schools, but a regular...

May 1, 2019

Driving Instruction with Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: CRP and the Competency-based Learning Cycle

In an October blog post, Everything I’ve Ever Needed to Know About Teaching, I Learned From Black Women: A Recommended Reading List, Akosua Lesesne highlighted the groundbreaking works of ten Black women education theorists whose works have for...

April 15, 2019

Which Summative Assessment Formats are Critical to Competency-based or Mastery-based Learning?

What types of summative assessments should be a part of our Competency-based or Mastery-based assessment model? Do traditional assessments go away? What about in math class, specifically? Is it really feasible to do multi-week projects all of the...

March 1, 2019

Design It Like It's Hot: Creating a High-Quality Inquiry Frame for a Unit of Study

Though strong in theory, Essential Questions often wander off into drab and uninspiring standards-land when writing them for a unit. How do we frame learning, right from the start, in a way that maximizes student interest? How can we keep ...

February 19, 2019

Creatively Communicating Metacognition and Meaning Making: The Art of Visual Journaling for Learning

Back in July, Jon Altbergs wrote a post: 6 Ways to Use Drawing to Make Meaning. In it, he wrote about some simple activities that teachers across content areas could use to help students develop their visualization skills and make meaning of content...