All I wanted was for their pencils to keep moving, for the writing to flow without stopping. For a short while, that proved to be difficult, but not impossible.
Tonight’s post is just a little reminder. Your story matters. Your teaching matters. Take a minute and remember why you joined the profession in the first place. Do you remember? … Continue Reading Go Make a Difference
On a tough day in the classroom, all of us have turned to Taylor Mali‘s poem “What Teachers Make” for some solace. Last month Taylor published a book, What Teachers … Continue Reading Talking with Taylor Mali + a Giveaway
One of the causes of anxiety regarding the writing prompt, is the unknown. We don’t know what genre students will be asked to write. We don’t know the topic. Test … Continue Reading Writing Territories + Test Prompt Writing
Last Friday New York City released the individual performance assessments for 18,000 elementary and middle school teachers in New York City. While teachers have long known how they’ve been “ranked” … Continue Reading Releasing Teachers’ Individual Performance Assessments Does Nothing to Strengthen Teaching
This post has been marinating in my mind for awhile now. I made myself promise it to you last week to make sure I would actually write it. I need … Continue Reading “Test Prep”
I’ve been thinking a lot about the upcoming standardized test. I have a whole post percolating about it, but because it’s late and I’m completely worn out — in six … Continue Reading Remember This…
Much of my time this school year has been devoted to studying Common Core Standards, as well as keeping up with the ever-changing discussion about the PARCC assessment. I’ve been … Continue Reading Common Core + Students’ Needs
Often when I’m working with teachers, I get the question: How do you know? This can be in response to a number of things: minilesson ideas, conference teaching points, share … Continue Reading How do you know?
In Indiana, many students will be taking the state writing test next week. So I’ve been thinking about what is most important for our young writers to know prior to … Continue Reading Standardized Writing Prompts
“Race to Nowhere” is a documentary that has been talked about, but has not been widely advertised like “Waiting for Superman” was earlier this year. From what I’ve heard, “Race … Continue Reading Where are we running?
Everywhere I turn these days, I seem to be faced with another article about education reform. From Time Magazine to The New York Times, it seems everyone is covering education … Continue Reading An Education Reform Article Worth Reading
This week’s guest blog post is written by Lynnelle Snowbarger who is in her tenth year of teaching fifth grade in the Jenks Public Schools. A frequent participant in the … Continue Reading Best Practices and Tests CAN Go Together
Today I administered “The Sequel” of Indiana’s standardized test to a small group of sixth graders. This portion was all multiple choice. Last month was the first round of the … Continue Reading Standardized Testing + Workshop
Have you read the comments to this post? If not, you should scroll through. You’ll find a slew of emotions. It is well worth checking out — especially Ryan’s comment, … Continue Reading More on Standardized Testing.
So check this little conversation from Saturday morning. It’s starring my second grade daughter and me: H: So, Mom, are you impressed by my test scores? Me: What? H: Those … Continue Reading The Most Important Thing about Taking a Standardized Test
Last week I began reading Steven L. Layne’s Igniting a Passion for Reading: Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers (2009). By the time I finished page five, I had a … Continue Reading Teacher Compensation & Standardized Test Scores
This past summer Pam Munoz Ryan, author of two of my favorite read aloud books (i.e., Becoming Naomi Leon and Esperanza Rising) spoke at the TCRWP Writing Institute. Her speech, … Continue Reading Do You Ever Wonder If Kids Have Time to Wonder Anymore?
Literacy Spark asked: Do you have to deal with testing in writing…if not how would you deal with? I’m trying to teach it as an immersion genre, like everything else … Continue Reading Testing Demands and Writing Workshop
As some of you know, one of my colleagues and I put the finishing touches on a p.d. we’re doing, later this week, yesterday afternoon. One of the things we … Continue Reading Better Written Responses