I have this joke I like to tell: “Did you hear about the awesome lecture on Differentiated Instruction?” It gets laughs because the very concept, on the face of it, is ridiculous. But the funny part is that every teacher has either experienced this or knows a colleague who has experienced it.* “The medium is […]
(part 1 of this series here) Time is precious. From what I see, most schools have between three and six fall professional development days a year built into their schedule. If you add in time for early releases, or late starts, or after school PD, you maybe get to 5% of the teachers’ work year […]
*Warning: This is simultaneously the culmination of over a year’s worth of thinking about PD almost non-stop AND a complete rough draft of my own framework for understanding that. I’m going to embrace it by thinking in public. You have been warned. Today I facilitated an Edcamp with the Coalition of Essential Schools. Every year […]
As new evaluation systems have crept up across the country, they’ve brought with them SMART Goals. Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely And I’m sick of them. Here’s how it typically works: Teachers has to come up with their SMART goals for the year. They go through the criteria listed above. They come up with a […]
The following are my prepared remarks for my Keynote at the Massachusetts School Library Association Annual Conference. I was much funnier in person as I thought of new things in the moment. I probably also spoke in more complete sentences, as this was a weird mashup of thoughts, ideas, and actual sentences I wanted to […]
As teachers all across the country are aware, politicians like to play fast and loose with their ability to get the job done. If you’re a teacher today and aren’t aware of the games that have been played with teachers and schools in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Newark, and so many other locations, it’s time to […]
Three words: Chewy the Cookie.