Digitally Relevant Literacy Instruction for the 21st Century

It was only my fifth year or so of teaching when I first heard myself say…“Kids today are different!”  I was startled to hear it come out of my mouth, since this was a phrase that I had—until that point—associated with eighty-year-olds who wore socks with sandals and screamed at kids to get off of the well-manicured lawn.


Teaching Students to ACE Your Questions

The Common Core State Standards have placed a renewed emphasis on using evidence. Anchor Standard #1 for Reading requires students to “. . . cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.” Likewise, the C3 Framework for social studies has as its third Dimension: Evaluating sources and using evidence, and a Next Generation Science and Engineering Practice is Engaging in Argument from Evidence. What do all of these have in common?


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I spent most of the day today talking iPads with K-12 teachers in all contents. But I have to admit - my favorite part of the day was the two hours spent with social studies teachers.


Critical Transformations and the CCSS

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Carol Ann Tomlinson, well known for her work with Differentiated Instruction, tells a story about teaching grammar to 12-year-olds. 



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I recently watched a Tennessee high school senior present to his Board of Education why the common core standards are not appropriate for schooling and it brought up some emotions and thoughts that come from the CORE!  Hopefully this post speaks to many hearts and minds of our educators so that we can continue the journey to prepare every student


Comparing Fractions in the Common Core

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How did you learn to compare fractions? I learned to find a common denominator or change them to a decimal. Have you thought about other ways? Consider how the understanding of a unit fraction can create multiple ways for comparing fractions. The CCSS expects third grade students to understand unit fractions. Here are four possibilities:


CGI and the Common Core: How Do They Connect?

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Recently I attended the  Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics Conference. While at KATM, I presented Cognitively Guided Instruction and the Common Core: How do they Connect?  I began the discussion with background information on CGI.  Cognitively Guided Instruction is a research-based instructional strategy developed by Thomas Carpenter, Elizabeth Fennema, Linda Levi and others in the late 1980s. It was funded by the National Science Foundation and the work occurred at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. 


Perseverance, Effort, and Success

 The last couple of weeks I have spent a good deal of time in school districts working with teachers and building leaders to improve teaching and learning.  In each instance, we have spent time discussing classroom environment.  Saying that establishing a classroom environment that supports EACH learner is really an understatement.  There are many students that are motivated to “do school” well and will “make the grade” often, in spite of our instruction.  I would venture to add that the grade in many instances is an indication of compliance not learning.  Students that a


Motivating for Mastery: it starts with a simple question

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So you want your students to master your class content faster? What teacher doesn't?

Here's my proposal:
Have less drill and practice (I'm looking at you, worksheet wranglers and you, test-preppers).
Instead, we will create higher personal stakes for the students and I'm not talking grades or staying after school/in from recess.



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