The Common Core and Creativity

The Common Core and Creativity

Just this week I’ve read two blogs about whether the Common Core State Standards encourage or inhibit creativity on the part of students and teachers.  One blog written by Lexington, Kentucky educator Rene Boss posited that the standards themselves are neutral and...
New Neighborhoods for Improved Learning?

New Neighborhoods for Improved Learning?

I was intrigued by a recent feature on National Public Radio online called,  “A ‘Whom Do You Hang With?’ Map of America”, which highlighted several websites or individuals who are mapping the United States, not by political and geographic boundaries, but by some of...
Addressing Perseverance in Problem-Solving

Addressing Perseverance in Problem-Solving

I think the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs) have the potential to be the game changers that we need in mathematics education. They by themselves create opportunity/demand for changes in instructional practice. At worst they call for  instructional practices...
Creatively Common at the Core?

Creatively Common at the Core?

Anyone who has been in education for long knows the cyclical nature. Fads of teaching come and go and come again and yesterday’s PD is replaced by today’s workshop and don’t settle in, there’s a new program coming soon! One of those newer...
Getting Ready for College

Getting Ready for College

I’ve been writing about college readiness in my last few blogs, including what schools can do to prepare students for college by strengthening school culture and ensuring high expectations (College Readiness), and why tracking reduces the likelihood of college for...