Google puts a universe of information at the end of any Internet connection.
This is both true and unhelpful. It offers up the universe, but no one needs the universe -- they need the right information, and they need it at the right time.
A fact. A concept. An image. A resource...Read More.
The long-term output of any school should be not just proficient students, but enabled learners. An "enabled" learner can grasp macro views, uncover micro details, ask questions, plan for new knowledge and transfer thinking across divergent circumstances. This doesn't happen by content "...Read More.
In outcomes-based learning environments, we generally see three elements in play: 1) learning objectives or targets are created from given standards; 2) instruction of some kind is given; and then 3) learning results are assessed. These assessments offer data to inform the revision of further...Read More.
Perhaps more than anything else, the English Language Arts classroom is a place of diversity.
There is diversity of academic expectations for teachers. The ELA Common Core assigns literature and informational reading, writing, speaking/listening and language to what is usually a single...Read More.
Late August or early September is a make-it-or-break-it time for educators. The non-stop, brutal schedule that is a school year starts with all the finesse of trampling elephants, and doesn’t relent for the next nine months (not coincidentally, the same amount of time it takes to gestate a baby...Read More.
According to a study by the National School Supply...Read More.
July is traditionally considered leisure time for educators and the educated -- teachers and students alike. Beaches and books, pools and picnics.
And for good reason. The workload of any teacher or administrator can be difficult for those outside of education to fully appreciate.Read More.
Agreeing on how to best establish what a learner understands isn't simple -- if for no other reason than understanding isn't simple.Read More.
Assessing understanding might be the most complex task an educator or academic institution is tasked with. Unfortunately, professional development gives a lower level of attention to developing quality assessments, training that is rarely commensurate with this complexity. The challenge of...Read More.
The best definition I've heard for poetry is that it's "the extraordinary perception of the ordinary."
Being a kind of art, poetry eludes strict definitions. The very nature of art is to challenge thinking. Trying to define something artistic simply opens up new ground for exploration...Read More.