Read Like a Detective. Write Like a Reporter.

Read Like a Detective. Write Like a Reporter.

This post has been updated from its original 2012 publish date. I recently stumbled across a quote that, for me, sums up so perfectly the Common Core State Standards and how they demand a more focused and rigorous classroom approach to prepare students as competitive...
Innovation and Schooling

Innovation and Schooling

When my son was in middle school, I remember his seventh grade class moving from one subject and one room together, directed by the teacher, and following a painted line on the floor.  To not stay within the line meant a reprimand or even worse, a discipline...
Not Your Mother’s Vocabulary List

Not Your Mother’s Vocabulary List

In the previously published blog titled, Teaching Critical Vocabulary, I outlined a simple way of thinking about changing the way teachers traditionally approach vocabulary instruction in all content areas, starting with careful selection of words with which students...