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 […]

Stuck in the Middle with You: Negotiating a “Series of Perceived Paradoxes”

I just wrapped up my first Google Hangout book study with Michelle Helmer, Lauren Ormsby, Karen Kondrick, Margie Sweetman, and Erin Wheeler. We’re exploring Ron Berger, Leah Rugen, and Libby Woodfin’s text, […]

Links and Pins from Where I’ve Been: Creating an Installation of Works in Progress

I am BEYOND EXCITED to be hosting this event with everyone at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio! For the last several years, our annual writing celebrations were inspired by the […]

The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers

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There are so many implications for educators who work at all levels of the system here. Hatch inspired me as much as he pushed my thinking. Great weekend read! Some […]

Gamestorming to Infer

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  This photo captures the thinking behind the most inspired moment of my week. I spent yesterday Gamestorming with a group of local English teachers in order to surface, prioritize, […]

The Power of the Post It

I like my laptop, but I love Post Its. iPads certainly support the professional learning that happens in my sessions, but Post Its contain that learning and make it transparent […]