Are Grades Utterly Useless?

One of my all-time favorite assertions about grading in schools comes from Grant Wiggins.  He writes: "The most ubiquitous form of evaluation,…


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6 ways to make the most of RESPECT

The blueprint gets a lot right, but now we need to fill in the missing pieces.


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Keeping a good thing going: can innovative programs in education be sustained?

In one of my recent posts, I described a large-scale project that I worked on with students at my school this year. Today I turn to a burning…


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A Letter to Aspiring Teacherpreneurs

  Dear Intrepid Teacher Leaders, Congratulations! You have the opportunity to craft a hybrid role in which your innovative leadership…


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The National Council on Teacher Quality suggests reforms for Oakland

Last month, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) completed a study looking at my district, Oakland Unified. The report is causing quite a…


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Better Ways to Evaluate Teaching and Learning

Across the country, parents, teachers, and students are beginning to pushback—hard—against the misuses and abuses of standardized testing in our…


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Students Visually Represent Their Emotions on Testing :/

Directly before administering Day 2 of NY State Common Core ELA testing, about two 2 weeks ago, I gave students a warmup sheet, which asked them to…


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It is time to change course with measurement

Jose- The other day I spoke to the Federal Reserve of Richmond and other banking professionals remotely across the country on why technology has…


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Technology Professional Development Scenarios

Let's start with a simple truth:  Schools have limited budgets and every time that we make careless spending choices, we tie our own hands behind our…


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What's Working: Convenient Current Events Resources for Middle School

Have you struggled to fit current events into your curriculum? Feel like current events is an "all-or-nothing" sort of thing to teach, and if you…


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