All posts in Inspiration

Swing By and See Me at Brilliant or Insane

By now, quite a few of you who keep up with me here know that in January, Mark Barnes named me Senior Writer at his popular education site, Brilliant or […]

Congeniality is the Enemy of Kindness

I don’t trust nice people in general, but if you’re truly kind, there’s a very good chance that we’ll become fast friends. Because here’s what I know: congeniality is the […]

I’m proud to be this kind of reformer

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 […]

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 […]

One Way to Get Teachers Blogging

Anyone can write, but few people write exceptionally well. Myself included. I’ve been blogging for nearly eight years now, but I’ve always defined myself as a teacher who writes rather […]

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 […]