Understanding close reading by reflecting on your own stories

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Image by Gris M. via flickr Four years ago, as teachers began digging into the Common Core Learning Standards and making sense of the six shifts that underpin them, questions […]

Aligning to the Common Core without sacrificing your standards

Earlier this week, I recounted my first day of performance based assessment design with a new group of teachers and administrators. If you happened to read, you might remember that […]

A beautiful question about performance based assessments

Over the last several years, I’ve spent a good deal of time facilitating performance based assessment design with quite a few teachers in quite a few different places. This is […]

Keeping Standards, Not Scores, at the Center of Our Inquiry Team Meetings

I’ve been working with the English Department at Starpoint Middle School for ten years, and those who know me well appreciate the high regard that I maintain for this particular group […]

Standards Based Grading: It’s Not About the Report Card, It’s About the Culture

Standards based grading entered my little corner of the world on the winds of a perfect storm: teachers were acquainting themselves with a new set of challenging standards, they were […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Standards Based Grading

  When I think back on initial conversations that took place surrounding standards based grading in the schools that I serve, I remember that the same questions kept rising to […]

Links and Pins from Where I’ve Been: Standards-Based Grading

HAPPY NEW YEAR WESTERN NEW YORK EDUCATORS! This week, I’ll be sharing a series of posts relevant to standards based grading. Over the last three years, I’ve learned and worked […]

When Teachers Begin Writing: Blogging Fast and Loose

Anyone can write, but few people write well. Myself included. I’ve always defined myself as a teacher who writes rather than a writer who teaches. I make no apologies for […]

Links and Pins from Where I’ve Been: Informed Perspectives on the Common Core

Some may have noticed my absence from this space for well over a year. This was an intentional break inspired by my growing disappointment in how most people were choosing […]

Who Should I Add to My Feed?

This weekend, someone asked me who I read online. Here’s who I read, in no particular order. I’m wondering whose words inspire you. Who makes you think?  Who should I add to my […]