Rethinking the Lesson Plan

When I was in my teacher preparation program, I remember being taught to complete extensive lesson plans to ensure I was prepared to engage students in learning the specified content.  I was expected to know how to differentiate for diverse needs of students.  I thoughtfully planned modifications for students with special needs and English language […]

What Are We Really Measuring on Standardized Tests?

This post, I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems brought me back to being in school when we had to answer questions about the main idea or what the author’s purpose was- I remember being frustrated that there was just one answer and thinking how does my teacher know? Did […]

Harnessing the Power of Teacher Leaders

When administrators and teachers  work together, everyone wins, especially students.  Collaboration between administrators and teachers can help everyone learn, implement, refine and share ideas that improve learning for adults and students. Teacher leaders can serve as linchpins that move systems and structures to a culture of learning that empowers teachers to make the most impact in their […]

What Message Are We Really Sending About Learning and Technology?

After many technology driven initiatives and false hopes of technology as a silver bullet, there is a new mantra in education today: “It’s not about technology, it’s about the learning”. This is the message that has begun to sink in as people recognize that technology alone will not change learning for the majority of students. […]