Monthly Archives: October 2010

Just what is differentiated instruction?

Debbie Collins from Albemarle County Public Schools is a saint; the Director of Elementary Education and Facilitator for Gifted Services at that Virginia district, Debbie is very, very busy, but she still agreed to be my first guest blogger, helping … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tidbits, October 26, 2010

Yup – almost Halloween. Scary! Sean Slade from the Healthy School Communities was the guest blogger for Valerie Strauss’ Washington Post blog Answer Sheet back in August; see his post about social and emotional learning. He writes about the school … Continue reading

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Expeditions and exhibitions – big chances for students to show their stuff

For ten years I worked for Modern Red SchoolHouse (MRSH), one of the original Comprehensive School Reform designs under the aegis of New American Schools. One of the most powerful parts of that design, which often got short-shrift during implementation … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tidbits, October 19, 2010

Been thinking about non-fiction books that aren’t about schools but say a lot about kids and adults and education, and these three come to mind: Alex Kotlowitz’s There Are No Children Here and the late Michael Dorris’s The Broken Cord … Continue reading

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From Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

Hat tip to Bob Scribner for this link. See Dan Meyer’s TED talk; he’s a wonderfully provocative blogger and full-time mathematics teacher. I very much like his five points about mathematics teaching (really any teaching) at the talk’s end: Use … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tidbits, October 12, 2010

Last week I spent three days working with a school district in South Dakota, a place with which I’ve worked for about three years, and I was struck by something that the school board president said near the end of … Continue reading

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