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Data-Driven Instruction: What if Your School is Making ALL of the 8 Mistakes that Matter?

“The simple answer is that, in most cases, schools have made mistakes. In fact, this statement isn’t terribly helpful; after all, every school makes at least some mistakes. When it […]

Lesson Study and the Six Instructional Shifts

David Coleman’s mock lesson relevant to King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail offers initial perspective about what instruction with the Common Core might look like. It also raises some important questions, […]

Facilitating Curriculum Design and Coaching Instruction with the Common Core: An Archive of Posts

Recently, I created a landing page for all of the posts that I’ve been sharing relevant to my work with the Common Core. I plan to update it at the […]

Increasing Creativity, Learner-Centered Instruction, and Levels of Job Satisfaction WITH the CCLS?

In addition to sharing as much as I can about my work with the CCLS inside of schools this year, I’m also taking more time to reveal the workings of […]

Using Assessment to Inform Instruction: Asking the Kids

Two days ago, I had the opportunity to reteach the concepts introduced in this lesson in Barbette DeMarco’s sixth grade class. I made use of the suggestions that readers gave […]

Revisioning Differentiated Instruction

I remember my early assumptions about differentiated instruction. I remember thinking, like many do, that differentiation would require the careful design of three separate approaches for each day’s learning. I […]

Reggio Reflections: Complexity and Contemporaneous Activity

Dr. Diane Kashin was the first to challenge my thinking about pre-cut materials and activities. My study tour of Reggio Emilia schools deepened my understandings as well. This week, I’m reflecting on […]

Teaching Civil Rights to Kindergarteners: Research and Information Writing

Two weeks ago, Laurie Schultz invited me to coach in her kindergarten writing workshop at John T. Waugh Elementary School in Lake Shore. I’m always grateful to work with Laurie. […]

Five Emergent Curriculum Design Practices that Give Writers More Control of the Workshop

Each new year in the writing workshop begins with relationship building. We establish routines and rituals that establish predictability and trust. We sink into conversations and writing experiences that help […]

Synthesis and the Sticky Note: Reflections on Emergent Curriculum Design

In recent years, I’ve learned that it’s not enough to have vision. In order to make it a reality, we must define the learning targets that will help us achieve […]