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Strategy for Flipping a Lesson

Strategy for Flipping a Lesson

I have been fortunate to spend a lot of time looking at teachers’ lessons/tasks and instruction as well as student work.  While doing this I have found a few strategies that I have shared with teachers to help them “flip” their lessons/tasks and instruction from…

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Is this what we mean by ‘close reading?’

Is this what we mean by ‘close reading?’

85 questions assigned by a high school teacher to start off To Kill A Mockingbird… Is this what we mean by ‘close reading?’ Who is this book dedicated to? How old was Jem when he broke his arm? What is Jem’s full name? Who does Scout…

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The World Always Delivers a Connection

The World Always Delivers a Connection

Every classroom, every content can benefit. Access to the benefit requires access to the web. While there is not a yellow and red banner across a hard bound text pronouncing Common Core Aligned, there is something more…relevance. So, let the world deliver a connection. Read…

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Will an emphasis on ‘close reading’ kill the joy of reading?

Will an emphasis on ‘close reading’ kill the joy of reading?

As most educators know by now, the new Common Core standards emphasize ‘close reading.’ It’s hard to argue with that as a necessary skill for understanding complex writing. As a professor I spent lots of time dissecting research articles, book chapters, blog posts, and legal…

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Shout out to Fine Arts!

So often our fine arts get lost in the mix of Common Core, Iowa Core, Math and Literacy initiatives, etc – and they definitely shouldn’t! Art and music were some of my favorite classes in school, and continue to be favorites of my own children….

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