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August 28, 2018

Unequal Comparisons in Education Grind My Gears

We have to do a better job as a profession to assess students in meaningful ways and then find ways to share that data. The standards surely help us know the skills we are trying to teach, but we are also trying to raise young men and women to become functioning members of society, good people who will have to perform in a variety of different ways to be successful depending on their given career paths. Why don't we agree that students shouldn't be tested in this way because it is easier? Shouldn't we find a more effective and equitable way of determining student learning and school success rates? Isn't it time for us to acknowledge that we hurt kids by testing them too much and that testing is actually robbing students of effective and meaninful opportunities for engaging learning?

July 31, 2018

Competing Values in Education Make Real Transformation Challenging

As I continue to grow in my new position, I'm learning the value of building the relationships and trying to understand what different stakeholders want and need so that I can better communicate what we need to do in a way they can hear it. Although I may not be able to challenge state assessments yet in NY, I know that there are alternative pathways and assessments for some students and I also know that there are schools exempted from the state tests.

March 11, 2018

If You Could Change One Thing in Education, What Would It Be?

Educators from all over the world took the time to answer my call on social media to share the one thing they would change in education and why they would change it. Read on to see if your one thing is mentioned.

November 09, 2017

It's Not About a Pen, It's About the Bigger Issue

The more transparently we examine our practices and make essential changes that support student growth, the better off our future change agents will be.

October 15, 2017

Evolving Issues With Social Media and Appropriate Usage for Students and Staff

Knowing school law is essential when you're a school leader. This post is the introduction to my final school law paper about the evolving issues with social media and schools. Hopefully it will get you thinking about some of the inherent challenges. What has been your experience?

June 15, 2017

Timed, Standardized-Testing: Is It Worth It?

It's time for us to think about assessing learning the same way we teach diverse and divergent learners, with a level of personalization and humanity that allows each learner to show what they know in a meaningful ways. People will say that portfolio assessment takes too much work and shows too much subjectivity, but I disagree. Every learner takes a different amount of time to produce his/her best work and the additional anxiety associated with being timed stymies that testing opportunity exponentially.

May 14, 2017

What's More Important: Credentials or Experience?

Classroom teaching and being a part of a school community requires so much of every individual. If you're the kind of teacher who wants to take advantage of all it, there is no way you won't grow from the experience. Whether through the day to day in the classroom or the professional learning opportunities both in and out school, when teachers choose to learn, they do and we are qualified for a great many jobs.

December 26, 2016

Wrapping Up 2016: A Blogging Year in Review

From the #1st5days to Harry Potter, this year marked a journey that I'm luck to have endured. Review the year in posts and share your experiences from the year about any or all of the topics shared.

November 24, 2016

Liberate the Turkey and Homework on Holiday Weekends

Remember the children we teach are "whole". We can't always cater to the academic at the peril of other aspects of who they are as people. Consider the social emotional well being of your students and let them reflect on learning already done and prepare for what is to come when they return.

November 06, 2016

Helping Parents Support Students at the Kitchen Table

It isn't just the students who are tossing their pencils down announcing to their parents "I don't get it. My teacher didn't teach this to us." Moms and dads also have homework anxiety, dreading the feeling of not knowing how to help their child with history or math even if they have the time to do so.

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