Difficulty of Sustaining Change in Education

I have been reading several blogs recently and have to say that I am impressed with much of the thinking that is being expressed in the blogosphere currently. I think Mind/Shift is promoting some good shifts in instruction regarding the potential impact of the...

A Book Not By the Book

Our grown son is a journalist and author. On a recent visit home, he did a reading, discussion and signing of his new book at a wonderful local bookstore. It was exciting to have many friends and colleagues in attendance, but it was a particularly delightful surprise...
Tracking vs. On Track for College

Tracking vs. On Track for College

We use terms like tracking and on track interchangeably, referring to monitoring student’s progress toward high school graduation and college enrollment, or to students completing the necessary requirements for college, including meeting ACT benchmarks.  In Kentucky...
Creating a culture of craftsmanship and artistry

Creating a culture of craftsmanship and artistry

As a social studies teacher for 15 years I reflect back to many frustrating hours spent grading and correcting student work that I felt was sub par compared to my standards. Heading into each new unit with high hopes of a different outcome where my students might just...