May 2008 Archives

The achievement gap is everywhere. This one is to the whole village being a part of the solution. This one's to the Sylvia's one of the world, inspiring, pushing, and making it possible for people in real situations to get the access they need to better lives. And, as always, this is to the folks out there making it possible for themselves. It was 102 degrees at 12:52 pm and the warehouse smelled like a warm, musty mix of wood, dust and oranges. Even though it was 8 minutes to their closing time, the young woman manning the register ...

I know the magic bullet to closing the achievement gap is having and keeping great teachers in the classroom. But I also know that the fastest way to lose someone away is to force them to do something. As the school year winds to a close in Texas, I find myself talking to many excellent teachers in their second, third, fourth and fifth years of teaching who love teaching kids, but who are restless to have another or an even greater impact beyond their classroom walls. Some of these amazing teachers will go to graduate school, some will go into ...

I wrote this for Teacher Magazine's new discussion forum. Join in on the talk and copy some titles down for the next Amazon order! Decoding This book, Teaching Phonics And Word Study In The Intermediate Grades, lit the light at the end of the tunnel for me in my first year of teaching middle school special ed. For someone who managed to inpsire friends and family to donate over 1,000 books over two years to my classroom, it's pretty embarassing to admit that for the first two months, my reading class consisted of students rolling around the floor and ...


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