Five Words to Shape Our Learning Reality

Photo by Mark Basarab on Unsplash “Words shape our reality and in teaching define our practice. We cannot hope to create something that opens new possibilities or transforms our pedagogy unless we abandon this language for something new.”   -Mark Sonneman Mark Sonnemann challenged us to come up with one word that could replace accountability in shaping our reality... Continue Reading →

When Personalized Learning is Too Impersonal

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash  I remember the first time I heard the term “playlist” used in an educational context—it was in an audiobook I was listening to on the treadmill. The author talked about this new charter school called RocketShip in the Bay Area.  He described how the teachers used playlists to personalize the learning and... Continue Reading →

The Rocket Fuel of Learning

  “Attempt—Fail—Analyze—Adjust” these words have formed a mantra for me ever since I first heard and saw them during my training as a Read Right™ consultant.  Dr. Dee Tadlock drew them as a cycle and explained that that is how brains learn a process. I’d never heard it put that way before, and it struck... Continue Reading →

The Death Knoll for the Bell Curve

In 2004, as a fairly new teacher, I sat in a room and listened to district leaders explain President Bush’s plan to improve education—the now defunct, but then new law—No Child Left Behind.  They put some charts up on a screen and explained that by 2014, 100% of America’s children were expected to reach proficiency... Continue Reading →

The Reading Wars Revisited

        I woke up this morning in the wee hours with the strange thought going through my head that it was time to gird up my loins, put on some armor, get ready for battle, and head back out to front lines of war. The Reading Wars, that is. I have been... Continue Reading →

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