The Difference Between Testing and Teaching

The Difference Between Testing and Teaching

It will take longer than 40 minutes to write this blog. It will take longer than 90 minutes to write this blog. In fact, I’ve been working on this blog for something like 23 years, when high-stakes testing first found its way into education policy and into my ELA...
Technology for All Seasons: Learning Leads the Way

Technology for All Seasons: Learning Leads the Way

When I was asked recently to write an article on behalf of CTL for the Southeast Education Network’s online SEEN publication, it didn’t take long to settle on a topic: Technology, technology, technology. Educators talk about it, ask about it, think about...
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...

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...
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...