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Noting a Difference

I look at summarizing and note taking as one aspect of helping students synthesize the information given in class. Students must understand how to summarize the information – which usually comes at them very quickly and most without context in which to assimilate the new information. 470 more words

TL 02: Teacher Leaders Analyze Learning To Promote Student Growth.

3-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core

I really enjoyed this simple (and, I thought, elegant) explanation of why the Common Core State Standards are important! See what you think….


The Power of Argument in an English Classroom

Last month I had the pleasure of co-teaching a class with other English instructors, which was specifically for English teachers.  The focus of the class was CCSS and Argumentative  Writing, which I thought I knew much about, but quickly learned was not necessarily the case.   1,018 more words


A response to a special education teacher

I love reading the Hartford Courant on Sundays. I wake up, prepare my breakfast, assemble it on a tray, and bring it over to the table to enjoy while reading. 1,035 more words


Oklahoma Parents and Teachers Win State Supreme Court Case Against Common Core

From Jenni White of Oklahoma

After filling the Supreme Court of Oklahoma with so many people the Bailiff had to bring in folding chairs to accommodate everyone, the lawsuit brought by parents, teachers and members of our own Oklahoma state school board was heard yesterday morning.  446 more words

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Trying to Find Passion in a Sea of Standards

“Education is being strangled by the culture of standardized testing.” – Sir Ken Robinson

“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. 843 more words