Tag Archives: CCSS

Taking a Comprehensive Approach to Common Core Roll Out

I wrote this over a year ago and it was finally published by the Phi Delta Kappan Educational journal in their online Common Core support journal.  I’ve just entered a 5th grade classroom with two site-based Academic Coaches. We are doing a … Continue reading

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Two Years Down, One to Go!

A year ago I wrote a post about surviving the first year of my three-year doctoral program. After rereading that post, so many of my initial lessons still ring true. However, I have some new thoughts to add, now that … Continue reading

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Formulas for Writing?

After reading my post about the fear some teachers have of writing, one of my best friends told me she was very upset. As a middle school English teacher, she agreed with my notion that many teachers, especially non-English teachers … Continue reading

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Things I’m Loving Friday, Volume 3

This is my leadership and learning spin on a popular post (here and here). Volume One can be found here with Volume two nearby. Things I’m Loving Right Now: Math Work:  I never thought I would ever type those words on a … Continue reading

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Things I’m Loving Friday, Volume 2

This is my leadership and learning spin on a popular post (here and here). Volume One can be found here. Things I’m Loving Right Now: Protocols:  I have been using pre-made and self-developed protocols for looking at student work, designing learning tasks, … Continue reading

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[Mentor Text Monday] Blogs & Pictures

I’m taking this mentor text in a different direction today. Since this is a blog post, I’m going to demonstrate how I use another writer’s blog as a mentor text for my own blog post. Barb’s post on using pictures … Continue reading

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Yoga Lessons

I have been practicing yoga faithfully for the last few months and I really enjoy it. This was not always the case. When I first tried yoga, many years ago, I felt like a failure. Not only did I not … Continue reading

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Purposeful Close Reading

Like so many educational colleagues, I have physical and virtual piles of professional readings about the art of close reading. I am truly enjoying the posts written by Christopher Lehman, Kate Roberts, and those of the contributors to their #Close … Continue reading

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Hiking and the Common Core

What do hiking and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have in common? I recently returned from my first visit to Yosemite National Park, where I spent three days hiking some intense trails! As I reflected on my sore muscles … Continue reading

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Consensus

Our district’s summer professional learning is well under way. Teachers have an opportunity to learn about our new Common Core Units of Study and to collaboratively plan as grade level teams. One whole portion of the first day is dedicated … Continue reading

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