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October 3, 2016

Let every voice be heard: 6 activities to spark better class discussion

Reflections on pedagogy that works for marginalized students   I have a confession: I hate class discussions. I hate them because they remind me of baseball--which, however, I do enjoy. So please, let me explain. In baseball, most...

September 28, 2016

Who asks the questions around here?

The day I stopped handing out packets of questions for students to answer at the end of each chapter of the novels I assigned my teaching changed. We Make the Road by Walking by Myles Horton, who founded the Highlander Folk School, and Paulo...

September 21, 2016

North Queens Community High School: Blooming the Outcomes

This is the sixth post of my Mastering Mastery-Based Learning in NYC tour. Start with the first post on NYC Big Takeaways and then read about NYC’s Mastery Collaborative, The Young Woman’s Leadership School of Astoria, ...

September 17, 2016

5 Key Lessons for Mastery Learning Startup

This blog originally appeared on The Launch Pad, January 5, 2016.  As I see it, the biggest challenge we face in American public schools today is this: we’ve got an antiquated factory-based school model, and a workforce that has proven...