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A Midsummer Night's Dilemma Turned Dream

Like eighth-grade English Language Arts teachers around New York State, I am reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream with my students. I confess to being more than a little anxious when I learned that Engage New York—“the official web site for current materials and resources related to the Regents Reform Agenda”—included this play in one of its eighth-grade modules. 676 more words

Anyone ever heard of Zearn?

Well, I am posting a question to any bloggers out there who are following me or stalking, errr reading but have not yet signed up as a follower :-P.   809 more words

Common Core

Engage NY and the Curriculum Monster.

Our district is currently in the Curriculum crunch. We adopted a new ELA curriculum a few years ago, but it isn’t Common Core aligned (thanks Obama). 480 more words

WYBI Wednesday: Common Core Promises

How many times have we heard the educratic speech, promises, and goals of Common Core for our students? How many ways have we been bombarded with products specifically based on delivering on those promises? 1,317 more words


if i use someone's curriculum, am i a teacher?

Today I got the news from my principal that my test scores from my 7th and 8th graders were not great. They were not the worst, but the worst would have been that all of the students would have, what, died on the spot while taking the exams? 603 more words


Thesis Statement Workshop

This year, my classroom in focused on developing writing skills in chunks. We started the year by emphasizing core skills like close reading, analyzing details, and creating strong evidence-based claims. 737 more words

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