Saturday, June 16, 2018

Educational Links 6/17/18

The Key to 21st Century Classrooms Isn't Tech. It's Evolved Teaching.

Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick

Prioritizing Agency for Students With Disabilities

Bringing a Dog to School

Mastery Learning and Grading: Changing our Approach to Outcomes and Grades

3 ways our district avoids data overload

7 Deadly School Sins

Discipline and special ed: Schools work to reduce suspensions

Educators strive to balance school safety and fair discipline practices. Right now, there’s much debate about how best to do that, but these two important goals don’t have to be in conflict.

Just Hanging Out With Daddy

JFK with John John in the Oval Office. 1962

Father's Day is June 17.

English Language Instruction: Info and Inspiration

Obviously, English Teachers are the heroes of education. Reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, speaking and listening--and digital communication skills--and the crowning glory of all education: literature.

Teaching English and Language Arts


The College Board Language Arts Framework

Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts

5 Effective Strategies for English Teachers

And poetry helps us know which road to take.

The Road Less Traveled

Popular Poems to Teach

We have to have our memorable characters!

11 Great Book Lists for High School Students

Pride and Prejudice
Catcher in the Rye

What Grading for Mastery Looks Like

Grading for Mastery and Redesigning My Gradebook

Mastery Learning and Grading: Changing our Approach to Outcomes and Grades

Making Mastery Accessible: Building a Mastery-Based Grading Policy

What is the Difference between Standards-Based Grading (or Reporting) and Competency-Based Education?

Making Mastery Accessible: Building a Mastery-Based Grading Policy

Standards-based grading “involves measuring students’ proficiency on well-defined course objectives.” (Tomlinson & McTighe, 2006). (Note: Standards-based reporting involves reporting these course objectives rather than letter grades at the end of each grading/reporting period.)
The visual below compares traditional grading with standards-based grading practices.
Traditional Grading SystemStandards-Based Grading System
1. Based on assessment methods (quizzes, tests, homework, projects, etc.). One grade/entry is given per assessment.1. Based on learning goals and performance standards. One grade/entry is given per learning goal.
2. Assessments are based on a percentage system. Criteria for success may be unclear.2. Standards are criterion or proficiency-based. Criteria and targets are made available to students ahead of time.
3. Use an uncertain mix of assessment, achievement, effort, and behavior to determine the final grade. May use late penalties and extra credit.3. Measures achievement only OR separates achievement from effort/behavior. No penalties or extra credit given.
4. Everything goes in the grade book – regardless of purpose.4. Selected assessments (tests, quizzes, projects, etc.) are used for grading purposes.
5. Include every score, regardless of when it was collected. Assessments record the average – not the best – work.5. Emphasize the most recent evidence of learning when grading.
Adapted from O’Connor K (2002).  How to Grade for Learning: Linking grades to standards (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

When one school switched from traditional to standards-based grading, they saw positive changes in mindset, assessments, and communication -- but there's still room for improvement.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Educational Links 6/16/18

Homework gap is equivalent of only giving some students textbooks

Free Google Wi-Fi transforms rural school buses into rolling classrooms

It's Time to Rethink School Schedules, Report Says

The Foundation of Self-Reflection

GPAs don’t really show what students learned. Here’s why.

For Young Brains, a Storytelling Sweet Spot

Picture books represented a kind of happy medium (pardon the pun), and the researchers concluded that they were “just right.” The combination of spoken words and images gave children just enough scaffolding to understand the story, yielding the richest levels of story comprehension, imagination, and self-reflection.

Beautiful Boy


John Lennon and son Sean.

Father's Day June 17.

John Lennon truly had a hard row to hoe and a long way to go before arriving at joy and contentment when his son Sean was born in 1975, on Lennon's own birthday, October 9. Five years later he included this song on his Double Fantasy album, which was released after his murder in 1980. Beautiful, poignant, profound stuff. Life (and death) is what happens while you're busy making other plans.

Beautiful Boy

 Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monster's gone
He's on the run and your daddy's here 

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy 

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better 

Out on the ocean sailing away
I can hardly wait
To see you come of age
But I guess we'll both just have to be patient
'Cause it's a long way to go
A hard row to hoe
Yes it's a long way to go
But in the meantime 

Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you
While you're busy making other plans 

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better 

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Darling, darling, darling
Darling Sean

This video has some lovely photos of John and Sean.

John Lennon - "Beautiful Boy"

Ideas for Station Rotation (Secondary ELA)

Rotational Models Work for Any Classroom

Literacy Centers

Station Rotation

Learning Stations In Secondary ELA Classrooms


Caitlin Tucker's Insights

Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model

Station Rotation Model: Grouping Strategies

Station Rotation Model: Alternative Group Formations

One Stop Differentiated Station Rotation

Inspiration Stations: A Creative Spin on the Station Rotation

Free-form Station Rotation Lesson

3 Ways to Shake Up The Station Rotation Model

  • What is the objective of each station? Will students produce something?
  • How much time do students need in each station? How long will they have to transition between stations?
  • What materials do they need in each station? How many devices are needed for the online learning stations? Do they need any special programs, apps, or software?
  • What will be the cue for them to transition to the next station?
  • Will directions be frontloaded, provided in written form at each station, or presented via mini-video tutorial at each station?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Educational Links 6/15/18

How Bibliotherapy Can Help Students Open Up About Their Mental Health


7 Real-World Math Strategies

Guest Post: Teaching Math To English Language Learners


6 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read

Building Trust Within a School

Why does trust matter so much in schools? The answer is complex. Teachers tend to operate in their own classrooms to teach finite sets of students. We know that this isn’t always best for student learning, but it is the defacto manner in which most schools operate. School leaders know that collaboration between teachers helps to improve outcomes. When best practices are shared from classroom to classroom, teachers improve and so does student learning. But this isn’t natural for most teachers—and this is why trust is so critical.

Daddy, Daddy, Come Play!

Precious Cargo by Kim Roberti

Father's Day is June 16.

Having a positive relationship with Dad can really influence a young girl's whole life

Ideas for Writers' Workshop

Creating a Writers' Workshop in a Secondary Classroom

With the station rotation model, secondary students can focus on language arts skills such as analysis, structure, and academic writing while improving their overall writing quality.

The Writing Corner: How To Do Writing Workshop With Your Classes

Writing workshops take some preparation and they definitely don’t run themselves, but when you see the quality of writing that your students produce as a result of them, you won’t regret the decision to take a risk and try something new.

Mini- Lesson Approach

Welcome to Writer's Workshop

A Pen And A Process: Writing Process In The Secondary Classroom

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Educational Links 6/14/18

12 Strong Strategies for Effectively Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

ISTE's updated computer science standards will reflect a 'new era' of the discipline

Teacher to Parent - A child must be a willing participant in his own education

How Your Emotions and Moods Impact Students in Your Classroom

Our emotions impact our connections with the students in our classrooms. What do we need to know to manage our feelings and moods well?

A Classroom Book Club Sounds Like Fun



Book Club in the Classroom: 10 Tips for Success

Your guide to starting a book club in your school

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

I want to sit on an emoji!

Father, You Are The Bee's Knees

Theodore Roosevelt and Family 1900
Seriously. And also the cat's whiskers.
Father's Day June 16.

The Family Man

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Educational Links 6/13/18

6 Signs You’re Creating Confident Students

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Active Citizenship

10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds

If You Want to Create Polite Digital Citizens...

Total Physical Response Vocabulary

How to Motivate Students: Designing Effective Instruction

Teaching and learning how to motivate students is not a one-sided affair. It is the partnership between instructor and pupil that mediates the effectiveness of various teaching techniques. When students are engaged in class, learning and achievement rises. Unmotivated students can drown a quality lesson in a sea of apathy. 

Mzt's Ed Tech Cafe: Fact-Checking Resources

Top 10 sites to help students check their facts

Help Your Students Fact-Check the Web Like Professionals


The Pedagogy of Fake News: A Four-Part Critical Thinking Exercise for Upper Elementary Students

How About These Reading Lists?

Popular 7th Grade Reading List Books

Classical Literature Reading List Sixth Through Eighth Grade


Books for Grades 6-8

Recommended Literature List

Monday, June 11, 2018

Educational Links 6/12/18

The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off

Assess and Plan with Exit Tickets

5 Ways You May be Sabotaging Your Classroom Management

Rejuvenating Online Discussions

Should taxpayers and schools invest in ‘growth mindset’ programs?

Building Your Child's Flexible And Creative Thinking

How Smart Phones Are Causing Kids to Experience ‘Altered Childhoods’

“Is the kid getting enough sleep? Exercise? Actual face time with friends and family? Is homework getting done? These are the questions you need to ask. Any kind of compulsive activity, whether it be gambling or internet use, really boils down to the displacement of other things. What’s not happening if this is happening? It’s hard to make a case for addiction if the kid is getting everything else done.”