July 2016

All teachers think the grade they teach is paramount in importance.  In part because every grade is, and in part because we get so attached to our content we can't imagine life without it.  So, what is the truth?  What grade is most important? Every day!  Everyday is important.  Not any grade, but every single day of every grade. Chronic attendance issues are costing children a priceless...

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The Common Core is new but the learning we are looking for is not new. Teachers have always wanted their students to acquire skills and concepts that will serve them in the future. The quizzes and tests were just the way to track progress and communicate to parents students achievement. At least in my classroom. I have been required to give grades, communicate with parents...

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When I step up to support a new teacher it is typical we spend a fair amount of time discussing class rules.  Not classroom management which implies the teacher as a facilitator or manager of behaviors or lessons, but rules.  This has not changed in 20 years and too many times a new teacher is mistaken as to what happens with a list of rules. 1. If there...

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