I do think there is a relationship between content and skills that can't be separated. In order to practice skills, we need content to focus on, and I'm not sure that one is more important than the other. It really depends on the context.
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March 12, 2019
We simply can't allow good enough to be good enough for our children. We all must work together to create a more conducive learning environment.
February 01, 2019
Leaders need to support their most adventurous teachers and here are some suggestions about how.
November 08, 2018
The experience has profoundly impacted my views for any marginalized group at school. One of our basic human needs is to feel like we fit somewhere and if we don't feel safe in this way, the learning can never happen.
August 28, 2018
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?
March 11, 2018
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.
January 09, 2018
If you get a funny feeling in your gut that you can't explain, but it nags at you in a way that potentially can keep you up at night, don't ignore it. Believe that you know what is best, even if the path from the decision is not clearly delineated yet.
December 05, 2017
Being a parent and a teacher can be an interesting struggle. Sometimes it helps, like when Johnny or Susie comes home with homework that is in your content area and you can feel like a champ. Other times it isn't as simple. What happens if something is going on in your child's school that goes against your philosophical beliefs about how education should happen? When is it time to intervene?
October 12, 2017
As we continue to acknowledge the nuance of learning and adjust expectations accordingly, student engagement and ownership over their own learning will improve. It's time to de-emphasize testing as a means of accountability and start working with the community to build relationships that apply the skills being learned and also better our surroundings.
July 09, 2017
Education is all about collaboration and relationships, and this writing experience is one worth sharing. Read about how 10 authors and editor got together to write a special book for a great organization.