Common Core Confusion About Argument/Opinion…Solved!

Common Core Confusion About Argument/Opinion…Solved!

Here’s the question that I received from a client of ours – I bet you might be wondering the same thing, so I’ll share! I have a clarifying question for you…the high school ELA teachers I’m working with are struggling with this issue and its apparent lack of clarity in the standards.  I was hoping…Continue Reading

Why I Think Test Prep is Dumb – Part 2

Why I Think Test Prep is Dumb – Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog (which you can read here), I talked about how test prep is often fluff and doesn’t get down to the heart of what is really important in having kids pass assessments.  I encourage you to check it out before you continue reading! …………… So…then what do I suggest for…Continue Reading

What I Think Test Prep is Dumb – Part 1

What I Think Test Prep is Dumb – Part 1

So it’s about this time every year in schools that people start freaking out because the state tests are coming. We freak out over scheduling, we freak out over the pencils or ipad kids will use, we freak out over what kids should wear, what they should drink and what temperature the room should be.…Continue Reading

Free Classroom Observation Note-taking Templates!

Free Classroom Observation Note-taking Templates!

I’ve done quite a bit of talking about 20 Look Fors when you’re observing teachers (you can access a couple of blog posts on this here and here!) and one of the things I’m constantly asked is, “Can you share your observation forms with me?” Well, truth be told, my “observation form” usually consists of…Continue Reading

How to Teach Theme in Six Simple Steps – FREE CLASS RECORDING!

How to Teach Theme in Six Simple Steps – FREE CLASS RECORDING!

Okay – so I must admit that this week is feeling more like vacation than actual work – I think your Spring Break pics that show up in my Facebook feed are getting to me!  (In a good way!) I’ve been working a little,but enjoying some relaxation and fun stuff (an unplanned jaunt to Palm…Continue Reading

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