Formative Assessments: Exit Tickets

I taught it; they just didn't learn it.  A number of factors come into play when a lesson crashes and burns.  The root causes should be considered: The content of the lesson was not aligned to the standard and/or learner The presentation was unclear or the pacing was off The strategies taught and used were... Continue Reading →


Differentiating Instruction

If you have English Learners or Special Ed students in your classes reading significantly below reading level, this web site may help:  Rewordify. This site adjusts the Lexile of any reading selection.  You either select classic literature in public domain or cut and paste your own reading material into the online service.  Anything.  Articles, poetry,... Continue Reading →

Performance Dip

Most of us have at least a couple of weeks under our belts this school year.  If your new school year is anything like all of my startups, you have been directed asked by your administrators to implement some initiatives. Teachers love new initiatives.  We love going to PD. We love receiving a big binder... Continue Reading →

Creating Meaningful, Standards-Based Lessons

  Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. Throwing dirt into a shoebox and piling old, old plastic soldiers inside is not my idea of a... Continue Reading →

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