Posted in June 2012

Teacher v. Administrator Joke

I was just looking through a file I have labeled “Yay Teachers!” for a noteworthy quote for a different post I have bubbling in my mind, but I came across this instead and thought I would share it. I have worked for a wide spectrum of administrators as an educator. With great effort to demonstrate … Continue reading

Classroom Management?

Classroom Management?

As I sipped my cup of coffee today, I read the newest New Yorker piece passed along by some friends on facebook by Elizabeth Kolbert entitled “Spoiled Rotten: Why Do Kids Rule the Roost?” and had a few thoughts spark (as the caffeine began to kick in) about the relationship between this article and my … Continue reading

Editing & Revision, Thoughts & Symbols

[NOTE: For this post, when I refer to editing I mean the proofreading of spelling, punctuation, indenting, etc. that can often be delivered from teacher to student via copyediting symbols (if they have been taught and practiced in class). When I say feedback, I am referring to the comments on content & organization that I--as … Continue reading

Classroom Libraries: Shelves versus Bins

Classroom Libraries: Shelves versus Bins

I spent three years as the Literacy Coach at my high school. This was during the time when the Teachers College Reading & Writing Workshop was the mandated balanced literacy curriculum in 9th grade and it was trying to push its way up to 10th grade and dreaming of living in 11th grade as well. … Continue reading

Writing Teachers Must Write

nulla dies sine linea (Never a day without a line) –Horace, 65-8 BC My goal this summer is to post once a day and to develop this site into something more substantial. We have been creating the RTP process at my college (That’s Reappointment, Tenure, & Promotion for anyone who doesn’t know. I can’t even … Continue reading

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated Instruction

It’s hard to keep up with every buzz word that the education policy world conceives of to keep teachers in a constant expertise limbo. I was talking to a teacher friend this past week who said that “universal design” was the new hot item–the idea that you should provide different types of assessments for students … Continue reading