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June 29, 2017

An Ode to Empty Spaces

As another school year officially comes to a close, I soak in the stillness of the empty space and all of the learning it holds within its once text-rich walls. Saying goodbye is always bittersweet, but when you know you aren't returning, there is a finality to it that lingers closer to sad.

June 27, 2017

Compliance Isn't Mastery of Learning

Mastery of content and skills take time and kids need to be allowed the amount of time needed to attain that mastery. We need to offer them opportunities to show what they know in a variety of ways and then not penalize or reward those who do it slower or faster. Mastery is just that and it doesn't matter when a child gets it, it only matters that they do.

June 25, 2017

Five Things for Next Year

As every new year begins, so does the adventure. After you've had time to reflect on this past school year, what will be your five goals for next year?

June 20, 2017

Early Career Myth: If Students Don't Comply, They Aren't Learning

We sometimes mistake a student's attitude about compliance and authority with his/her ability to learn. By not focusing on the work (any or all products and proof of learning in our space), we fail the students by forcing them to jump through unnecessary hoops.

June 18, 2017

Minding the Middle Years of My Education Career

If you would have asked me at the beginning of my career where I saw myself in the future, I'm not sure I could have imagined being where I am now.

June 11, 2017

Reflections on a Year of Change

I have so much gratitude for the amazing educators in my life who help to inform my decisions. The people who listen when I call, who answer my tweets. Thank you. Your experience matters and it makes me better. What have you learned this year that you weren't expecting to learn? Please share

June 08, 2017

Teacher Accountability Should Not Be Tied to Testing

No single test can adequately show what a child knows and can do, therefore by the transitive property no single test can adequately show the impact one teacher has had on that student's learning. Read on to see why student exams shouldn't be used for teacher accountability and effectiveness.

June 06, 2017

#FinishStrong or Go Down Trying

Since school is really about relationships, finishing strong is as much about the content as it is about the personal growth. Let's focus on the positive and try to move forward in our learning experiences from each opportunity presented. Read on to learn about different ways you can help students connect their classroom experiences to summer learning experiences to help end strong or at least go out trying.

June 04, 2017

Good Luck Learning a Foreign Language in American Schools

The problem has something to do with the artificial way languages are presented in schools. Typically, students spend a period of 40 minutes each day dealing with the second language while all other classes are English only. My teachers also assumed that I had mastered English grammar, which I hadn't.

June 01, 2017

Explore Shakespearean Text Via Twitter for Greater Student Engagement

Shakespeare is often hard for students to engage with, particularly if they aren't reading at grade level. One way to ensure a solid conversation about a complex text is to allow students time to share ideas on Twitter doing a class chat. Read here to see how it turned out for my 10th grade NYC students.

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